Beaches hit by 2013 storms still affected
BEACHES across Cornwall and Devon have still not recovered from the winter storms five years ago, a study says.
The 2013-14 winter storms caused destruction across the country including washing away the sea wall in Dawlish, Devon, and leaving the railway to Cornwall suspended in mid-air. Experts studying the effects of the storms across the north coast of Cornwall and Devon found many beaches are still recovering. The storms destroyed much of the northern coastline, leaving eroded dunes and beaches stripped of sand. They also left much of the Somerset Levels underwater.
Large amounts of the eroded sediment remained stored offshore below low tide level. And it will take several calm winters before the coastline fully recovers, particularly when it comes to the eroded dunes.
By contrast, beaches along the south coast of the counties have since been replenished.