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Summary

  1. Sea wall in St Helier damaged in storm
  2. Storm damage: Vazon cafe a scene of destruction
  3. Guernsey west coast clean up begins
  4. Guernsey Airport forecourt reopens after roof panel blows off
  5. Updates on Wednesday 3 January 2018

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'Do your bit' in storm clean-up urges States

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

Public asked to "do your bit" in the aftermath of Storm Eleanor.

With more bad weather set to come and debris still strewn across the island, Guernsey States's Traffic and Highway Services posted the plea on its Facebook in the hope that people will help "save money, and at a basic level, play your part in being a member of this community".

Stating that a lot of the debris is of a domestic nature, they requested: "If you are able to safely stop, put your hazard lights on, and remove the obstruction from the road and put it back in the gateway that it’s come from, please do.

"The vast majority of people drive past, with the mind-set that 'someone else can clear that'. Safety on island roads is the responsibility of everyone. Please do your bit to help."

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Drivers asked to 'avoid flooded areas'

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

Houses in areas affected by the severe weather are having more floodwater washed into them by drivers.

Guernsey Police have appealed for drivers to "avoid flooded roads (unless it is absolutely necessary)" or "slow to a walking pace".

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Leave time for 'congestion caused by weather' say police

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

With several more schools set to re-open on Thursday following the Christmas holidays, the States of Jersey Police are advising caution on the school run following Storm Eleanor.

As strong winds and high tides battered the Channel Islands, debris and rocks have been thrown by waves over walls and trees uprooted leading to road closures.

Waves in Jersey
Dave Evans

Police and the Education Department have said that "if you need to drop children off later to school to avoid the congestion caused by the weather, then that is advisable".

In the statement, the force also thanked "our colleagues in the emergency services and those at DFI and the Parish of St Helier for the hard work and commitment shown by clearing tress, debris and roads as quickly as possible in order to get everything back to normal and running smoothly".

The next high tide of approximately 12m is due at 07:51 on Thursday, with strong winds and offshore waves reaching 20ft (6m) predicted.

Police warn of 'rocks and stones being thrown' by sea

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

As the effects of Storm Eleanor continue, States of Jersey Police are warning drivers and cyclists to avoid coastal roads as debris is being thrown over sea walls.

Debris left by Storm Eleanor
Dave Evans

A statement described how cyclists were today "seen to use the [West Park] cycle track this morning amid rocks and stones being thrown over the sea wall".

While conditions are not expected to be as severe tonight, offshore waves could still reach up to 20ft (6m), with more rain forecast.

Police are advising caution in the areas of:

  • Victoria Avenue
  • Five Mile Road
  • Havre des Pas
  • Rice Bowl slip
  • La Mare slip
  • Le Hurel slip
  • Anneport
  • The area between St Aubin and Beaumont

'Take appropriate steps' against flooding

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

People in Guernsey are being urged to protect their properties from further flooding with high tides and strong winds expected to cause more damage this evening and tomorrow.

Guernsey's Fire and Rescue Service has drafted in extra crews and advised islanders use sandbags to divert water and minimise damage. They can be purchased from States works.

Flooding on Guernsey's west coast
BBC

We would urge anyone who considers themselves to be at risk of flooding to take appropriate steps to make their property more resilient by purchasing sandbags and making sure they are in place well before the expected high tides."

Pierre LaineGuernsey Fire and Rescue Service

Drivers urged to remain cautious

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey drivers are being urged to take care on the roads with overhanging foliage, flooded roads and the approaching high tide.

The States has asked people to take extra in Colborne Road, St Peter Port, due to overhanging foliage causing a partial obstruction.

A fallen tree has been removed from Rue de la Haye, Castel, and the road has reopened.

A tree is also blocking Route de Cobo, Castel, but it is being removed and the road is expected to reopen at 17:00.

Waves changes welcomed by Blue Islands

Ollie Guillou

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey airline Blue Islands has welcomed changes to how an air taxi firm operates.

The airline called for a judicial review of any decisions made by the States Transport Licensing Authority.

We are pleased the Transport Licensing Authority has now reached a decision on Waves’ operation, which was not an air taxi as defined by the law, and note Waves will cease its illegal flying and move to an operation compliant with the law.

It would be inappropriate for Blue Islands to comment on the ongoing judicial review at this time."

Blue Islands

The Transport Licensing Authority has been approached for comment.

Warnings remain in place for Guernsey's west coast

BBC Radio Guernsey

A flooded car at Vazon
BBC

Two flood warnings remain in place this evening and tomorrow morning.

Tonight's 9.6m high tide at 19:40 combines with southwesterly winds up to force seven.

Tomorrow morning, a severe flood warning is in place at 07:58, when a higher 9.9m tide combines with west to south-westerly winds up to force nine.

Flooding is again expected and "conditions may be dangerous to life and property".

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Bread shortages in Guernsey too

Simon Fairclough

Guernsey Political Reporter

Unsurprisingly, the bread shortages felt in Jersey have also been seen in Guernsey today.

Some good news is that freight vessel the Commodore Goodwill did dock in St Peter Port this afternoon.

Sign explaining food shortages
BBC
Sign explaining food shortages
BBC

'Emergency services took 36 storm calls'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's Joint Emergency Services Call Centre (JESCC) handled calls relating to 36 separate incidents this morning as Storm Eleanor hit the island.

Seaweed at Perelle Garage
BBC

Guernsey Fire and Rescue Service dealt with more than half of these, most relating to flooding and storm damage.

The service's head of operations Pierre Laine said: “We have had an extremely busy period, with multiple agencies working together to minimise the risk and impact to the island.

"The west coast and Rue des Goddards was particularly badly affected this morning, and Guernsey Water has assisted States Works by placing two pumps in those areas to lower water levels ahead of the next high tide.

"Big tides and strong winds are expected once again tonight at around 19:30 and again tomorrow morning at 08:00."

Police action over illegal lifts ‘heavy handed’

Jersey Evening Post

The police might have breached data protection laws by giving insurance companies the names of drivers suspected of offering unregulated taxi services, an app developer has claimed.

Red flood warning tomorrow for Jersey

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Gale force winds and high tides are expected to cause flooding on Jersey's south coast tomorrow morning.

You are being asked to take extreme caution and follow the advice of the authorities around the 07:51 high tide.

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Storm disruption: Jersey bakers making up bread shortfall

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey bakers are trying to fill the gap in bread supplies after deliveries by sea didn't make it to the island.

Shoppers are being told to expect shortages of bread and some fresh produce, with many of it not arriving by sea from the UK due to the poor weather as Storm Eleanor sweeps through the British Isles.

However, freight services are expected to run as normal tomorrow.

Bread
AFP/Getty Images

David Dodge from Vienna Bakery says a number of islanders were contacting them to order extra bread.

"I think the worry is the customers start panic buying and that really does upset the system.

"There's no major problem, there's plenty of bread around, I suspect you might have to go hunting for it," he said.

Coastal warning from Guernsey traffic sergeant

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Waves changes business model after legal challenge

Simon Fairclough

Guernsey Political Reporter

A local air taxi service which launched last year is changing its business model temporarily following a legal challenge from a competitor.

Waves aircraft
Waves

Guernsey registered Waves - which operates flights to Jersey - says it is following guidance from Guernsey's Transport Licensing Authority (TLA).

The airline markets itself as an "on-demand air taxi service" but has come under fire from Guernsey airline Blue Islands which claimed it was operating outside the rules.

Deputy CEO Barry Baxter said: "We're an air taxi business, and as an air taxi business we are exempt from the need for a route licence. We've got to this point under that understanding.

"What we're doing in the short term is we're modifying the way that we work so that we are not selling on a per seat basis."

Instead, customers will only be able to charter a whole flight, rather than booking individual seats.

Mr Baxter added the airline was working with the TLA to demonstrate how they comply with the definition of an air taxi service.

Air Alderney approaches States over Guernsey route

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Air Alderney has applied for a licence to fly between Guernsey and the northern isle.

In November, the airline said it was hoping to offer flights from Alderney to Jersey, France and the south of England.

A helicopter in Alderney
Air Alderney
Air Alderney conducted helicopter trials in November 2017

Air Alderney has put in a request to the States' Transport Licensing Authority (TLA) to operate a scheduled cargo service between the Alderney and Guernsey.

There is now a two-week window for written representations to be made to the TLA.

Do you 'love' a Jersey winter?

BBC Radio Jersey

Today's storm in Jersey has coincided with the launch of a new tourism campaign encouraging visitors to embrace the island's winter weather.

Promotional photo of couple on a Jersey beach
Visit Jersey

The campaign - called Love Winter - is beginning as high tides and strong winds continue to cause disruption.

Winter in Jersey "brings drama, beauty and a sense of freshness that doesn't just blow away the cobwebs," but "invigorates the soul", the campaign says.

It encourages would be wind-chasers and rain-watchers to admire the power of the Atlantic at high-tide and to walk in the bracing sea air.

And it urges them to embrace the elements and enjoy the intrepid feeling of tackling the season head on.

The campaign features a video filmed over 48 hours which shows a couple walking on beaches and in the woods.

Jersey storm damage: What we know

Naomi Dunning

BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

Waves and debris damaged sections of the sea wall near First Tower, and stones and seaweed were thrown into the road.

Wall damage at Victoria Avenue, Jersey
Samuel Lawrence

Other roads were closed because of fallen trees, and a shipping container was blown into the sea at Gorey.

This afternoon forecasters will meet police and representatives of the infrastructure department to plan for the clean up and also to cope with the next expected storm.

That's thought to be on tomorrow morning's high tide at about 07:50.

Sailings to Sark to go ahead

St Saviour tree turns school walk into obstacle course

Elisa DaSilva

BBC Radio Jersey

Tree down in St Saviour
Vicky Stabler

Vicky Stabler sent these photos in from her morning walk from Langley Avenue to Grands Vaux.

“We had an obstacle course walking to school this morning," she said.

"It made the walk [to school] more exciting!"

The tree was among many blown down during high winds across the islands.

Tree down in St Saviour
Vicky Stabler

Guernsey away trip to Chipstead re-arranged

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Guernsey FC's trip to Chipstead in Isthmian League Division One South has been re-scheduled for Tuesday 30 January.

The game was due to be played on New Year's Day, but was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

It means Guernsey will have seven games in a 24-day period starting with Saturday's trip to Phoenix Sports.

Guernsey FC
Fran Torode

Five of those games are away from home with three being in midweek.

"We all know that midweeks away from home are the toughest for Guernsey FC with availability from work," club director Nic Legg told BBC Radio Guernsey.

"We know that will mean during January we won't have a consistent team and we'll just have to go out and see that we can get as many results as we possibly can."

Freight vessel arrives in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

The ship carrying Guernsey's freight from the UK has arrived at St Peter Port Harbour.

Condor's Goodwill vessel operates a daily service between Portsmouth and the Channel Islands.

Its skipper has battled squally conditions today, according to Guernsey's harbour master.

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Waves captured crashing over Cobo sea wall

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

A stretch of Guernsey's coast road at Cobo was closed earlier around the high tide, and it's easy to see why.

Steve Bougourd took this stunning photo about 45 minutes after the high tide.

Waves crash over the seawall at Cobo
Steve Bougourd

St Helier flooding captured by driver

BBC Radio Jersey

Thanks to Anthony Marriott, who sent in this photo of the junction of The Esplanade and Gloucester Street earlier.

It looks deep!

Flooding in St Helier
Anthony Marriott

Fire crews helping with Perelle clear up

Gary Wright

Broadcast Engineer, BBC Guernsey

About 15 homes are thought to be flooded in the Perelle area of Guernsey's west coast after this morning's high tide.

Fire crews are still helping with the clear up this morning.

The worst hit area is near the garage, where heavy flooding occurred.

A house flooded at Perelle
BBC

Sea crashes over Victoria Avenue wall in Jersey

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A section of the sea wall on Victoria Avenue was damaged during the storm this morning.

The States of Jersey Police warned of waves crashing over the wall just before 06:00 - even though high tide wasn't until 07:05.

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Jersey sea wall breached by waves

Sark sailings to be reviewed

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Today's 13:00 passenger sailing from Guernsey to Sark and the returning journey at 14:00 are being reviewed at midday in light of the weather.

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Storm damage: Falling tree crushes St Peter shed

BBC Radio Jersey

Jane sent this photo of her neighbour's shed in St Peter, Jersey.

The damage was caused by a pine tree falling, just as Jane was feeding horses in a nearby field.

A tree falls on a shed in St Peter, Jersey
Jane Edgar

Jersey: Statistics from the sea

Guernsey Airport forecourt reopens after roof panel blows off

BBC Radio Guernsey

A roof panel was blown off at Guernsey Airport, causing the forecourt to be closed.

Buses and taxis were temporarily moved for safety reasons.

The forecourt has now reopened.

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Roof panel blows off at Guernsey Airport

Guernsey Airport roof panel blown off

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

An airport forecourt has been closed after a roof panel was blown off a building.

Guernsey’s fire service is at the island's airport.

Site users are asked to use the main car park and to follow any directions from airport staff.

Fire crew at the airport
BBC

Sea wall in St Helier damaged in storm

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Part of the sea wall in St Helier has been damaged in storms this morning.

Victoria Avenue, which runs through St Helier, had water and debris over it after the tide reached 39ft (12.01m) this morning.

The Jersey data buoy six miles (9.6km) south of St Brelade recorded significant waves of 5.1m (17ft) just after high tide at 07:05.

Victoria Avenue
Tom Brossman
Victoria Avenue
Tom Brossman
Victoria Avenue
Samuel Lawrence

Wall down in Jersey

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Storm Eleanor has blown down a wall in Clos de Roncier, Jersey.

The Channel Islands have been hit by winds of 70mph and gale force 9 this morning according to Jersey Met.

Clos de Roncier
Wacky le Voguer
Clos de Roncier
Wacky le Voguer

Storm damage: Vazon cafe a scene of destruction

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Nick Percy at Vistas
BBC

Vistas Cafe owner Nick Percy arrived to a scene of destruction at 07:50.

Tables, windows and chairs were smashed as debris was thrown over the coastal wall at Vazon on Guernsey’s west coast.

He says it will take him “a few months” to repair the damage

Damage to Vistas Cafe
BBC
Damage to Vistas Cafe
BBC

Rowing in the coastal flooding

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Joe Ellis took this video on the Rue Des Goddards in the Castel, where some of the worst coastal flooding is.

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Coastal flooding at Vazon

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Large areas just back from Guernsey’s west coast coastal road are flooded this morning. Vazon, and the beachside Vistas Cafe took the brunt of the storm this morning.

Car flooded at Vazon
BBC
Flooding at Vazon
BBC

Storm damage: 'I’ve seen it all before'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Clarry Davies
BBC

Albecq resident Clarry Davies is busy this morning, shovelling seaweed from the road outside his west coast cottage.

"The seaweed blocks drains," he tells me.

He’s been living here since 1964 and puts boards up to protect his property in rough weather.

"I've seen it all before," he tells me as he shovels some more vraic.

Today’s red weather alert was just as bad as last year. he said.

"People soon forget, don’t they?"

Man shovelling seawood
BBC

States thanks emergency services for help during storms

Guernsey west coast clean up begins

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

I’ve only made it as far as Vazon this morning, with a few inland detours.

The roads are strewn with rocks and sea weed, and States Works are already at work sweeping it all up.

West coast debris on road
BBC
West coast debris
BBC