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Dangerous sand cliffs emerge after gales and winter equinox tides

Cliffs up to two metres high have appeared on beaches along the Flemish coast.  The cliffs are the result of higher tides due to the winter equinox and gale force winds.

The highest cliffs can be admired in Knokke-Heist, Wenduine and Bredene.  Smaller, but still quite impressive sand cliffs have appeared in Ostend and Blankenberge.

The Maritime and Coastal Services Agency is assessing the location and height of the sand cliffs. Where the gale-force winds and exceptional high tides caused by the recent bad weather exceed one metre they will be lowered tomorrow.  Excessively high cliffs pose a danger to beachcombers.  Contractors are being forced to come back from holiday to do the work.

“The contractors are responsible during the gale season and are always on stand-by” says the agency’s Charlotte Devriendt.

Walkers on the beach have been urged to be careful.

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