Army called in after hundreds of beach huts smashed to pieces by storm

Royal Wessex Yeomanry lend a hand on Avon beach

Beach hut owner Christine Duell.

Damaged huts and debris washed up at Southbourne

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THE Army was called in after hundreds of beach huts were smashed to pieces and ripped from their standings as violent weather hit the Dorset coastline.

More than 400 hundred huts in Bournemouth alone were damaged following the violent storms and high tide on Friday night with around 30 believed to be completely destroyed, including the wedding hut at Bournemouth seafront.

At Avon Beach volunteers, council staff and the Royal Wessex Yeomanry spent hours clearing the piles of debris from the 70 destroyed huts with diggers called in as well.

Laura Huxtable White, manager of Avon Beach shop, said the damage had been much worse than they feared but thanked the council and the Army for all their hard work.

Christine Duell’s beach hut, which she has rented for the last two years, was destroyed by the storm and she said her grandchildren will be upset it is gone.

“Everybody is helping each other looking through the debris.

“Carnage is the only word I can use to describe it. It’s like a bomb hit the place,” she said.

“It is hard to recognise whose belongings are whose as everything is covered in seaweed.”

Sara Kerr, 55, bought her beach hut last year for £40,000 and said she is devastated it has been ruined.

She said: “It has been a very stressful time. My husband and I are moving to America in six weeks and we were going to rent it out whilst we were gone, but now we will have so much to do to get it all sorted.”

In Bournemouth, council staff were out from first light on Saturday, assessing the situation, with many beach huts upturned, ripped from their bases and stripped of roofs.

People were asked to avoid the seafront, with both Bournemouth and Boscombe piers closed on Saturday morning.

Chris Saunders, seafront services manager, said: “It’s very distressing to see our award-winning beach and seafront in such a terrible state.

“We know how much local families love their beach huts and many will be devastated to see the damage caused.

“From Monday, we hope to begin to contact beach hut tenants whose huts have been damaged, but due to the ongoing recovery needs as well as the extensive nature of the damage, there are unfortunately a lot of people to call, this could take several days.”

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8:32am Mon 17 Feb 14

Phixer says...

I can't work up sympathy for the loss of a matchwood garden shed on the beach when so many other people have lost their homes and livelihoods.
I can't work up sympathy for the loss of a matchwood garden shed on the beach when so many other people have lost their homes and livelihoods. Phixer
  • Score: 23

8:39am Mon 17 Feb 14

whataboutthat says...

Carnage? Jeez whell out the hyperbole. Where are the bodies then? With Phixer on this one. They are only beach huts - including mine.
Carnage? Jeez whell out the hyperbole. Where are the bodies then? With Phixer on this one. They are only beach huts - including mine. whataboutthat
  • Score: 19

9:39am Mon 17 Feb 14

smhinto says...

If this idiot was prepared to pay 40K for a silly wooden beach hut then I would suggest such a person must be on crack cocaine or under the influence of aclcohol.
If this idiot was prepared to pay 40K for a silly wooden beach hut then I would suggest such a person must be on crack cocaine or under the influence of aclcohol. smhinto
  • Score: -5

10:35am Mon 17 Feb 14

Afcbpete says...

Usual ignorant comments on here!! How someone wants to spend their money is up to them. It certainly isn't life threatening, nor do they have their home and possessions submerged under water, but it's still an horrendous situation to find yourself in. I have total sympathy for any one who's beach hut was damaged or indeed ruined, as most will of had personal items in them. I sincerely hope those pouring scorn will one day find themselves in a situation that is as equally personally upsetting in it's own way, and just post it somewhere so I can have a good laugh at you. Oh, and by the way, no, I don't have a beach hut!!
Usual ignorant comments on here!! How someone wants to spend their money is up to them. It certainly isn't life threatening, nor do they have their home and possessions submerged under water, but it's still an horrendous situation to find yourself in. I have total sympathy for any one who's beach hut was damaged or indeed ruined, as most will of had personal items in them. I sincerely hope those pouring scorn will one day find themselves in a situation that is as equally personally upsetting in it's own way, and just post it somewhere so I can have a good laugh at you. Oh, and by the way, no, I don't have a beach hut!! Afcbpete
  • Score: 6

11:20am Mon 17 Feb 14

smhinto says...

This woman clearly has more money than sense!!
This woman clearly has more money than sense!! smhinto
  • Score: -1

11:28am Mon 17 Feb 14

beachcomber1 says...

the army?!??? pmsl
the army?!??? pmsl beachcomber1
  • Score: 1

11:34am Mon 17 Feb 14

scrumpyjack says...

Afcbpete wrote:
Usual ignorant comments on here!! How someone wants to spend their money is up to them. It certainly isn't life threatening, nor do they have their home and possessions submerged under water, but it's still an horrendous situation to find yourself in. I have total sympathy for any one who's beach hut was damaged or indeed ruined, as most will of had personal items in them. I sincerely hope those pouring scorn will one day find themselves in a situation that is as equally personally upsetting in it's own way, and just post it somewhere so I can have a good laugh at you. Oh, and by the way, no, I don't have a beach hut!!
Completely agree.

There are some shallow, nasty t'pots on here.
[quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: Usual ignorant comments on here!! How someone wants to spend their money is up to them. It certainly isn't life threatening, nor do they have their home and possessions submerged under water, but it's still an horrendous situation to find yourself in. I have total sympathy for any one who's beach hut was damaged or indeed ruined, as most will of had personal items in them. I sincerely hope those pouring scorn will one day find themselves in a situation that is as equally personally upsetting in it's own way, and just post it somewhere so I can have a good laugh at you. Oh, and by the way, no, I don't have a beach hut!![/p][/quote]Completely agree. There are some shallow, nasty t'pots on here. scrumpyjack
  • Score: 0

11:52am Mon 17 Feb 14

beachcomber1 says...

scrumpyjack wrote:
Afcbpete wrote:
Usual ignorant comments on here!! How someone wants to spend their money is up to them. It certainly isn't life threatening, nor do they have their home and possessions submerged under water, but it's still an horrendous situation to find yourself in. I have total sympathy for any one who's beach hut was damaged or indeed ruined, as most will of had personal items in them. I sincerely hope those pouring scorn will one day find themselves in a situation that is as equally personally upsetting in it's own way, and just post it somewhere so I can have a good laugh at you. Oh, and by the way, no, I don't have a beach hut!!
Completely agree.

There are some shallow, nasty t'pots on here.
shallow??!?? pmsl getting so wound up about the loss of some uninhabited huts on the beach is shallow.

good luck pasing through the eye of the needle.
[quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: Usual ignorant comments on here!! How someone wants to spend their money is up to them. It certainly isn't life threatening, nor do they have their home and possessions submerged under water, but it's still an horrendous situation to find yourself in. I have total sympathy for any one who's beach hut was damaged or indeed ruined, as most will of had personal items in them. I sincerely hope those pouring scorn will one day find themselves in a situation that is as equally personally upsetting in it's own way, and just post it somewhere so I can have a good laugh at you. Oh, and by the way, no, I don't have a beach hut!![/p][/quote]Completely agree. There are some shallow, nasty t'pots on here.[/p][/quote]shallow??!?? pmsl getting so wound up about the loss of some uninhabited huts on the beach is shallow. good luck pasing through the eye of the needle. beachcomber1
  • Score: 1

12:11pm Mon 17 Feb 14

muscliffman says...

The destruction and damage of beach huts on and around Bournemouth sea front always used to be an annual winter event - at least prior to the post-1970's sand reclamation. In those days after a storm we simply attended out private beach hut sites with a hammer, a box of nails, some planks and a flask of hot tea to see what could be salvaged, if nothing could be saved we engaged a local chippy to run us up a new hut in time for summer.

I certainly don't remember anybody calling in the Army!
The destruction and damage of beach huts on and around Bournemouth sea front always used to be an annual winter event - at least prior to the post-1970's sand reclamation. In those days after a storm we simply attended out private beach hut sites with a hammer, a box of nails, some planks and a flask of hot tea to see what could be salvaged, if nothing could be saved we engaged a local chippy to run us up a new hut in time for summer. I certainly don't remember anybody calling in the Army! muscliffman
  • Score: 9

1:49pm Mon 17 Feb 14

beachcomber1 says...

the debris is stopping the cyclists, and that cannot be tolerated!
the debris is stopping the cyclists, and that cannot be tolerated! beachcomber1
  • Score: 0

2:14pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Staynor66 says...

Maybe this could be the new way of allocating beach huts................
if one lands in your back garden you can keep it for the year
Maybe this could be the new way of allocating beach huts................ if one lands in your back garden you can keep it for the year Staynor66
  • Score: 6

2:35pm Mon 17 Feb 14

live-and-let-live says...

while i sympathise with anyone who has suffered damage to their beach huts, cars, gardens and fences, carnage and devastation are not the right words to use . those words apply to the Indian ocean Tsunami, or to the Indian factory which collapsed killing hundreds of people. loss of beach huts is , sad and annoying but not devastating.
while i sympathise with anyone who has suffered damage to their beach huts, cars, gardens and fences, carnage and devastation are not the right words to use . those words apply to the Indian ocean Tsunami, or to the Indian factory which collapsed killing hundreds of people. loss of beach huts is , sad and annoying but not devastating. live-and-let-live
  • Score: 12

3:27pm Mon 17 Feb 14

BarrHumbug says...

Sara Kerr didn't pay £40k for her beach hut, she paid £39,800 for the six foot square bit of land its stood on and she's still got that, she's only lost a £200 shed.
In the grand scheme of things and how much others have suffered around the county its hardly devastating is it?
Sara Kerr didn't pay £40k for her beach hut, she paid £39,800 for the six foot square bit of land its stood on and she's still got that, she's only lost a £200 shed. In the grand scheme of things and how much others have suffered around the county its hardly devastating is it? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 10

6:15pm Mon 17 Feb 14

ashleycross says...

Unless people were living in the beach huts which would be illegal, this is not appropriate use of the army when people in the rest of the country are in such a bad way. Getting up to Ripley and the other villages marooned by flooding from blocked storm drains with a few drain rods would have been a lot more use.
Unless people were living in the beach huts which would be illegal, this is not appropriate use of the army when people in the rest of the country are in such a bad way. Getting up to Ripley and the other villages marooned by flooding from blocked storm drains with a few drain rods would have been a lot more use. ashleycross
  • Score: 3

6:41pm Mon 17 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

beachcomber1 wrote:
scrumpyjack wrote:
Afcbpete wrote:
Usual ignorant comments on here!! How someone wants to spend their money is up to them. It certainly isn't life threatening, nor do they have their home and possessions submerged under water, but it's still an horrendous situation to find yourself in. I have total sympathy for any one who's beach hut was damaged or indeed ruined, as most will of had personal items in them. I sincerely hope those pouring scorn will one day find themselves in a situation that is as equally personally upsetting in it's own way, and just post it somewhere so I can have a good laugh at you. Oh, and by the way, no, I don't have a beach hut!!
Completely agree.

There are some shallow, nasty t'pots on here.
shallow??!?? pmsl getting so wound up about the loss of some uninhabited huts on the beach is shallow.

good luck pasing through the eye of the needle.
You need to see a doctor about you bladder problem.And sure that the poo that you spout Is that healty
[quote][p][bold]beachcomber1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: Usual ignorant comments on here!! How someone wants to spend their money is up to them. It certainly isn't life threatening, nor do they have their home and possessions submerged under water, but it's still an horrendous situation to find yourself in. I have total sympathy for any one who's beach hut was damaged or indeed ruined, as most will of had personal items in them. I sincerely hope those pouring scorn will one day find themselves in a situation that is as equally personally upsetting in it's own way, and just post it somewhere so I can have a good laugh at you. Oh, and by the way, no, I don't have a beach hut!![/p][/quote]Completely agree. There are some shallow, nasty t'pots on here.[/p][/quote]shallow??!?? pmsl getting so wound up about the loss of some uninhabited huts on the beach is shallow. good luck pasing through the eye of the needle.[/p][/quote]You need to see a doctor about you bladder problem.And sure that the poo that you spout Is that healty kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -4

6:47pm Mon 17 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Not that sure putting the professional and efficient services of the armed forced was the best use of resources.but sure they had enjoyed a day by the seaside.
Not that sure putting the professional and efficient services of the armed forced was the best use of resources.but sure they had enjoyed a day by the seaside. kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 5

7:37pm Mon 17 Feb 14

skydriver says...

No mention of MP Chris Chope, keeping well away I guess, he doesn't want to get his hands dirty. Still come election time he will come grovelling for your vote. This time around Wish On.
What has he done for Christchurch and the surrounding area ..........yes ZERO !
No mention of MP Chris Chope, keeping well away I guess, he doesn't want to get his hands dirty. Still come election time he will come grovelling for your vote. This time around Wish On. What has he done for Christchurch and the surrounding area ..........yes ZERO ! skydriver
  • Score: 3

8:20pm Mon 17 Feb 14

O'Reilly says...

smhinto wrote:
If this idiot was prepared to pay 40K for a silly wooden beach hut then I would suggest such a person must be on crack cocaine or under the influence of aclcohol.
.................or from Lincoln. Evening smhinto.....
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: If this idiot was prepared to pay 40K for a silly wooden beach hut then I would suggest such a person must be on crack cocaine or under the influence of aclcohol.[/p][/quote].................or from Lincoln. Evening smhinto..... O'Reilly
  • Score: -3

11:08pm Mon 17 Feb 14

arti273 says...

Unfortunately with Phillip Hammond realising more army personnel to help with the clean up operation, the local councils will be on ringback until the local barracks pick up the phone.

Any rational thinking person would leave the army to spend time with those in desperate need and allow their own council employees organise the clear up as soon as possible. But they don't want to waste any of their "tea & biscuits for meetings" fund on paying the overtime.
Unfortunately with Phillip Hammond realising more army personnel to help with the clean up operation, the local councils will be on ringback until the local barracks pick up the phone. Any rational thinking person would leave the army to spend time with those in desperate need and allow their own council employees organise the clear up as soon as possible. But they don't want to waste any of their "tea & biscuits for meetings" fund on paying the overtime. arti273
  • Score: 2

11:49pm Mon 17 Feb 14

GeorgeW64 says...

Oh dear.
Oh dear. GeorgeW64
  • Score: 2

2:41am Tue 18 Feb 14

portia6 says...

GeorgeW64 wrote:
Oh dear.
You can buy a nice shed in B@Q and some decking, ask Eddie Mitchell
he could lend a hand!
[quote][p][bold]GeorgeW64[/bold] wrote: Oh dear.[/p][/quote]You can buy a nice shed in B@Q and some decking, ask Eddie Mitchell he could lend a hand! portia6
  • Score: 1

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