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Operation stack has been stood down on the M20 towards Dover

15 February 2014
by Beth Robson

Operation Stack has been stood down on the M20 and ferry crossings are back to normal after yesterday's storm disruption.

Adverse weather conditions led to delays to crossings all day after the port was closed in the early hours amid 80mph winds. 

Operation stack Neil Care's picture shows the extent of the storm traffic chaos

Operation stack: Neil Care's picture shows the extent of the storm traffic chaos

The port re-opened at 5am, but ferries, needing to be guided into berth by tugs, were delayed throughout the day, adding to the long queues of freight. 

Delays at Aycliffe because the Port of Dover had closed

Delays at Aycliffe because the Port of Dover had closed

Jubilee Way,  leading to Dover Eastern Docks, was at a standstill throughout the morning as traffic stretched from Aycliffe through Snargate Street to the port.

Dover was battered by the storms

Dover was battered by the storms

Phase one of the traffic easing measure was stood down at 10pm.

Last night Eastry was identified as another place likely to food. The rest of the district had been battered and trees were uprooted and homes were flooded in Studdal. 

Firefighters pumping water from a home in Studdal

Firefighters pumping water from a home in Studdal

 

Train services were canceled and some bus routes were disrupted.

In Dover at 9.30am, James Salmon of Dover Sea Sports said: "Jubilee Way is at a stand still and lorries are backed through to the A20.

"The town is clear at the moment though. No visible damage on the sea front."

Power cuts were reported in some areas in St Margaret's and residents lost roof tiles, while gates and fences were blown down.  

Heavy rainfall brought more flooding to Canute Road Road in Deal.

on Friday night, former Deal town councillor Bryan Henderson said: "It's getting to the point of desperation."

Ross Buggins took this picture of waves breaking over Dover seafront

Ross Buggins took this picture of waves breaking over Dover seafront

Lorne Road in Dover was also under water in parts.

Lorne Road, Dover

Lorne Road, Dover

Areas in Shepherdswell are also flooded. 

Deal Pier was unaffected and has remained open. 

The water burst into Colin Little's house in Studdal

The water burst into Colin Little's house in Studdal

Ray Holmes, pier attendant said: "We lost a couple of boards from the waves but we have not been affected." 

 

 

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