Strong winds carry tonnes of sand and dump it in peoples’ GARDENS

March 26, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

Britain’s barmy weather took a bizarre twist when strong winds lifted up tonnes of sand – and dumped it into GARDENS.

Stunned residents living in the Lincolnshire towns of Mablethorpe and Sutton-on-Sea woke up on Monday morning to discover their lawns under six inches of sand.

High winds coming from the east swept huge piles of sand off the beaches onto roads, pathways, and into people’s gardens.

Stunned residents living in the Lincolnshire towns of Mablethorpe and Sutton-on-Sea woke up on Monday morning to discover their lawns under six inches of sand

Stunned residents living in the Lincolnshire towns of Mablethorpe and Sutton-on-Sea woke up on Monday morning to discover their lawns under six inches of sand

Astonishingly, the gusts were so powerful some people’s homes were coated with sand despite living a mile from the beach.

John Watkin, 56, said: “It’s a nightmare, we’ve been having problems with the sand blowing off the beaches in the last couple of weeks but this is burying the garden.

“My shed roof is bowing under the weight of the sand, it’s just whipping up and settling in people’s gardens.

“It’s doing some serious damage.”

Another resident, who did not want to be named, added: “The sandstorms are getting worse and worse.

High winds coming from the east swept huge piles of sand off the beaches onto roads, pathways, and into people's gardens

High winds coming from the east swept huge piles of sand off the beaches onto roads, pathways, and into people’s gardens

“The weather is getting so extreme, some people are wearing goggles to avoid being whipped in the face with grit and sand. It’s horrible.”

East Lindsey District Council’s street scene area manager, Danny Wilson, said the authority had been working to clear the sand, but the weekend’s strong winds brought them “back to square one”.

He said: “For the past three weeks teams from the district council have been working hard to clear sand from the promenades ahead of the busy Easter period.

“The strong easterly wind has undone all the good work and we’re back to square one.

“Until the easterly wind dies down, the very best we can do is try to keep the main promenades areas accessible for businesses, local people, visitors and emergency services.”

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