‘The worst flooding for decades’
That’s the assessment of those watching rising flood waters sweep along Foreshore Road this evening, on a day in which wind and rain battered Scarborough.
The flood water has already completely engulfed West Pier car park, as well as the RNLI station house.
And the waves have already reached protective sandbags dropped in front of arcades and attractions by Scarborough Council. High tide is scheduled for 5.35pm.
Marine Drive has now been shut down between Sandside Junction and Royal Albert Drive Junction due to flooding, as has Paradise.
A few dozen onlookers had gathered on the sea front in the early evening to watch the crashing waves.
One shocked onlooker told The Scarborough News that the flooding was already the “worst in 30 years”, while Scarborough pensioner Tom Bielby said: “I’ve not seen it as bad as this for years, it never goes as high as this.”
Currently, seven flood warnings have been issued along the coastline of the borough, and the public’s been “strongly urged” to stay away from the shoreline this evening.
They have also warned that anybody considering ‘wave dodging’ is dicing with death.
Mr Bielby admitted that he himself used to wave dodge as a teenager, but added: “Anybody doing it in this wouldn’t stand a chance.”