After the gale, we carried all the stock from top shop up to the congregational chapel schoolroom. Can't remember what happened to the stuff in grocery shop. I know the big cabinet freezer was washed from the front to the back of the shop by the water. Dad nearly drowned that night.
My Mum and Granpa Michel were working there at the time of the storm. I can remember having salt damaged Black magic chocolates.
I was 11, I can remember the sea coming right over the house - not splash, green sea. There was sea weed right at the back of the garden in the apple tree. And it looks so calm and harmless most of the time!
Those lumps of masonry are bits of road and sea wall.