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Storm Surge - Spurn Island - 20131207

#1 User is offline   Flatlander 

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 20:03

Couldn't resist a trip to the seaside, so went to Spurn in the end. The Car Park was underwater (as expected) and the café will be closed for some time, so don't all rush at once...

Truly shocking height of the storm surge - it was well above the shoreline level. A caravan site on the shore was wrecked, with debris all over the place and a tide line halfway up the caravans. The village of Kilnsea had also been seriously affected - with several houses flooded. For anyone who stayed behind rather than evacuating it must have been pretty terrifying.

The road to what was Spurn Point has gone completely at the narrows near the north end of the spit. It was closed during October after a previous storm but if anything was left then, it isn't now. The title is only a half-truth - I think the current land level is probably about the high tide line, so at some point during the month it will be cut off. How this will be fixed, I'm not sure - there is a permanent settlement at the end of the spit for the lifeboat crews and the Humber pilots. For the foreseeable future it will only be accessible to visitors on foot.

A few from near the caravan site - there were people clearing up/inspecting the damage and I didn't think it appropriate to take lots of pictures:
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The missing stretch of road:
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Damage elsewhere, including a hide washed off the top of a sand dune:
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The "overflow" car park, now with added cobbles from the beach (this was grass previously)
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#2 User is online   Mark Drasdo 

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 20:26

Amazing shots. Thanks for posting. Brings home the real force of it all, far more so it must be said than much of the rather poor television coverage of the event.
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Posted 07 December 2013 - 21:06

Thanks Mark - I totally agree that the TV channels failed badly on this.

The picture below was taken yesterday and posted on Twitter by someone from the EA, so it looks like the thread title is correct. You can see clearly why the spit breached where it did from the wave direction.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 21:14

This is my neck of the woods.

Spurn often gets cut off and I must admit this is the first I've heard of the latest news.
If anywhere was going to flood around here, Spurn I suppose would be top of the list.
I did hear that Kilnsea was flooded though on local radio.

Good photos by the way [y]
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Posted 10 December 2013 - 23:10

Some more news from Spurn:
http://www.bbc.co.uk...%29_10_12_2013/ (@9:09)
http://www.hulldaily...tail/story.html

Some background:
http://www.eastridin.../pdf/5spurn.pdf


Some speculation that if a new channel forms (as the high tide drains from the Humber it may cut down throught the breach), then it may lead to silting of the main shipping channel, which is very close to the end of the spit. I can't imagine any of the Humber ports will be overly pleased with that...

This shows how close in the main channel is:

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 21:33

Some speculation that if a new channel forms (as the high tide drains from the Humber it may cut down throught the breach), then it may lead to silting of the main shipping channel, which is very close to the end of the spit. I can't imagine any of the Humber ports will be overly pleased with that...

This shows how close in the main channel is:

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Good set of pictures. No chance of channel swtching through breach. Yes the deep water channel does approach very closely to spurn point, but only at it's very end.
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Posted 12 December 2013 - 01:06

View Postchsims1, on 11 December 2013 - 21:33, said:

Good set of pictures. No chance of channel swtching through breach. Yes the deep water channel does approach very closely to spurn point, but only at it's very end.


If a second channel formed in the breach, would it not decrease the flow through the main channel? I imagine the scouring action of the tidal flow around the point is what keeps it open.

Mind you, that would take a long time, even without any further intervention.

This is quite an interesting read, although it has been overtaken by events:
http://www2.hull.ac....20Ken%20Pye.pdf

And this one for the wider area:
http://www.environme...r_strategy1.pdf

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