A POPULAR beach café has been left “utterly devastated” by huge waves which once again swept through the Seaton village.
The Seaton Beach Café, which was damaged during last month’s storms, has reportedly been even more badly hit on Wednesday morning (January 5).
A Facebook update from the café’s staff at midday on Wednesday said simply: “Utterly devastated”.
This is the third time the café has been battered by the storms in the last month.
Ms Barry’s business is family run by herself and her two daughters who are 17-years-old and 19-years-old.
Nicki Barry, owner of the Seaton Beach Café said: “The staff are dreadfully upset- they were in tears and overwhelmed by it all.
“This time it’s really bad- we had water inside the café, which was up two to three foot deep.
“All the equipment is ruined- water came through the areas and smashed to smithereens.
“There was four foot of sand everywhere outside the café.
“The damage will cost tens of thousands of pounds but we are insured for the floods.
“We are normally really busy all year round especially at weekends.
“This will affect trade but we are going to try to get up and running as quickly as possible.”
Ms Barry said that she may get a burger van in the car park while the café is undergoing repairs.
The café employs around 20 part time and full time staff who are helping to clean up after the storms.
Video footage and pictures from the scene showed huge amounts of water cascading through the village.
Jim Candy, Cornwall Councillor for Trelawny said: “We put sandbags at the cafe, which worked on Sunday but nothing was going to hold back the storm we had on Wednesday morning- they are absolutely devastated.
“In the long term we need to look at building a sea defence.
“It’s a catalogue of disasters and this weather is relentless- everyone is getting fed up of battling the elements.
“At one time on Tuesday night we had six trees down in Seaton.”