10 Eastgate, Aberystwyth, SY23 2AR
10 Eastgate, Aberystwyth, SY23 2AR
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In January 2014, the Aberystwyth coastline suffered a major storm which left the beautiful prom looking like a ‘war zone’. The powerful waves caused by the storms cracked the roads, smashed metal bollards and threw debris like toys across the prom, leaving most of the property owners with significant damage to their properties with more than £500,000 being spent on repairing the prom alone 

If you haven’t seen the devastation caused by the storm, I have found a video taken during the storm which can be seen here. 

As someone who has experienced the destructive power of coastal storms firsthand, I've learned a thing or two about protecting seaside properties. Here are some tips that I've found invaluable: 

  • Invest in Proper Insurance: Before anything else, ensuring your property is adequately insured against storm damage is crucial. Look for policies that specifically cover coastal properties and have provisions for storm damage. It may seem like an unnecessary expense until disaster strikes, and you realize how much it can save you in the long run. 
  • Install Storm Shutters: Installing storm shutters is a practical way to protect your windows and doors from high winds and flying debris. These shutters provide an additional layer of defense during storms and can prevent costly damage to your property's interior. 
  • Secure Loose Objects: Before a storm hits, secure any loose objects around your property that could become projectiles in high winds. Patio furniture, grills, and decorative items should be brought indoors or properly anchored to prevent damage to your home or neighboring properties. 
  • Regular Maintenance: Keep your property well-maintained year-round to minimize potential storm damage. Trim trees and bushes, inspect your roof for loose shingles, and ensure gutters are clear of debris to prevent water damage during heavy rainfall. 
  • Emergency Preparedness: Have a comprehensive emergency plan in place for your family and property. This includes knowing evacuation routes, stocking up on emergency supplies, and having a communication plan in case of separation during a storm. 
  • Stay Informed: Stay updated on weather forecasts and warnings issued by local authorities. Pay attention to storm surge predictions and evacuation orders, and act accordingly to ensure your safety and that of your property. 

Living by the sea is undoubtedly a rewarding experience, but it comes with its own set of challenges, particularly when it comes to protecting your property from storms. By taking proactive measures and being prepared, you can minimize the risks and enjoy the beauty of coastal living with peace of mind.

Remember, it's not just about safeguarding your property – it's about protecting the memories and experiences that make seaside living so special! 

Ben McEvoy