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article imageFoam from the sea makes driving hazardous in UK town, video

By Lynn Curwin     Jan 1, 2012 in Environment
Cleveleys - The white stuff which covered roads in a UK town may have looked a lot like snow, but it was foam which high winds blew in from the sea.
This isn't the first time foam from the sea has blown over the sea wall at Cleveleys, near Blackpool, but it has been more of a problem this year than previously.
The Guardian reported that the Environment Agency sent officers to Princess Promenade to gather evidence, but that lab tests on samples from others years found no signs of pollution and the foam is believed to be caused by decomposing algal matter.
“The situation with the foam is horrendous, normally it happens once every few years but it has been like this three times this year," the Blackpool Gazette quoted local resident Gordon Stanley as saying.
“It is oil based so it is terrible for your car and stains your clothes and windows, people don’t like to go out of the house in it.
“It’s not just the Promenade, it gets blown inland so bungalows at the back of my house are totally covered too.
“If this is detergent in the water caused by industry or by shipping, it needs to be investigated, it shouldn’t be happening as often as this.”
The BBC reported that some of the foam drifts were three-feet high.
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