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Mount is open for business despite severe damage to causeway link

By CMChloe  |  Posted: February 21, 2014

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THE stormy weather has damaged the historic causeway to St Michael’s Mount.

Two sections about seven metres wide were ripped apart by powerful waves on Friday.

The walkway to the Mount, one of the most important in Cornwall in terms of its historic context and landscape impact, has been repaired many times over the years as it is vulnerable to tidal damage.

Ramon van de Velde, head of island operations, said: “The causeway has sustained some serious damage.

“The storm on Tuesday, February 4, undermined parts of the causeway, but this happens all the time and is part of our normal battle with the sea.

“We hadn’t, however, had the opportunity to fix it due to the continued bad weather, so last Friday’s storm battered an already bruised causeway.”

The path connects St Michael’s Mount with the mainland in Marazion; thousands of visitors cross it every year.

“The causeway is vital to the Mount as it is the only way in for goods, vehicles, emergency services etc, so we will fix this as soon as possible,” said Mr van de Velde.

Stones from the walkway were collected and temporary repair work began on Tuesday, with extensive repairs now due to take place in the next few months.

But the Mount has remained open to the public throughout.

Mr van de Velde said: “We have had to work hard to get ready for our visitors following the storms that battered west Cornwall, but the team living on the island have done an amazing job.

“The island community is very resilient.

“Visitors are, and have been, able to get past so we’re open for business.”

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