On the North coast of Cornwall a severe flood alert is rare. Unlike the South coast where the generally more docile conditions encourage developers to build closer to the sea, on the North coast where the seas are far rougher, long experience has resulted in property normally being located at a safe distance and/or height.
There hadn’t been a severe flood alert at Bude for many years but on the 2nd January, Bude, like many other places in the west of England and Wales received such a warning for the morning high tide due to a combination of high spring tides, large swell and a storm surge.
Bude was not badly affected in the end. This picture was taken at high tide and shows minor flooding on The Strand at Bude as the River Neet occasionally overtopped its containing wall as waves came through.
It is not of any particular artistic merit and is posted here for posterity as a slightly different version of it appeared on the BBC News website on the day of the flood.