A tidal surge visited Kirby-le-Soken and Tendring around 2am on Friday 6 December 2013. By 8am it had gone, leaving traces of its visit.
It had been dry the preceding days, looking north down quay lane about 50 yards from Thatched Cottage the road is wet.
Turning round and looking south the road is dry.
Water marks can clearly be seen on sheds at northern end of Quay Lane, at least 4 feet above ground level.
The field to the west of quay lane was flooded by the sea wall.
On the sea wall to north east of quay lane you can see debris left by the surge
But further north, looking towards Peter Point (where EA wanted to breach the sea wall), the field is dry
Nothing much seems to have happened at Mill Lane
Though I was told by someone who had stayed up the bench was covered
Some huts near the coastguard station were moved or damaged
Near groyne 84. the rock and stone groyne by the Eastcliff, nothing much seems to have changed except the sand is a bit higher.
And the grass which was growing by the steps has been almost completely covered by shingle.
Here’s how it looked in September 2012
And by Sunday 8 December the sea water in field to west of Quay Lane had drained away.
Though I can’t help wondering why Environment Agency don’t raise the sea wall, flood defence being one of their main duties.
In case you were wondering if the salt marsh got eroded away by the super high sea level, probably at least 5 feet higher than usual
It seems just fine