We wandered down to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve recently, to see how the repairs were getting on after the storm surge in early Dec 2013 - we were pleased to see that after just a couple of weeks it was all back in place:
Given how it looked earlier, that's very impressive!
Mind you, given that the materials they've repaired it with are the same as those washed away, it's only a matter of time before it happens again I guess... As if to underline this point, the sea looked pretty ferocious for the English Channel:
Not that these little Turnstones were complaining - they were dodging the waves to look for food that might be washed up:
The beach had certainly shifted during the storm - there was a new 8-foot depression in the shingle which hadn't been there before...
I hope it's a long time before we get another flood like that, but with sea levels creeping up a few mm per year, and extreme weather becoming ever more common, it might come again sooner than we'd like...