WORK was continuing today to repair damage caused by heavy seas to the sea wall at Livermead.
The main Torquay sea front road is likely to be closed for a week.
The damage happened at around 10am on Easter Monday, and a four-metre stretch of the sea wall between the entrance to the Livermead House Hotel and the Cockington junction was affected.
A deep hole opened up and waves crashing in on the strong easterly wind broke up through the gap in the wall and pavement.
Video by Caroline Abbott showing the seafront on Tuesday afternoon
The Torquay Webcam sited at the Livermead Cliff Hotel provided a view of the scene, with the flashing yellow lights of the trucks bringing repair materials visible.
Lorryloads of chippings were being tipped into the breach in a bid to repair the damage, but the sea was taking them away as fast as they could be put in.
Torbay Mayor Gordon Oliver explains the situation
During Monday evening the work continued in a bid to make progress before the night's high tide at 11pm.
There were fears that a main sewer pipe running close to the breach could be in danger.
There were around 20 people working on the site on Monday evening.
Torbay Mayor Gordon Oliver and the council's deputy leader Robert Excell were at the scene to help co-ordinate the response.
Mr Oliver said the damage had come as a result of a sustained period of strong easterly winds and heavy seas.
Traffic diversions were set up and bus services took the long route up and over the ring road to avoid the scene.
Contractors worked overnight to keep the temporary defences refilled, and they installed further stone filled bags during the early hours of Tuesday morning to protect the area for the next high tide.
Council engineers are working with the contractor to agree the method of a permanent repair with the hope that this works can commence on Tuesday afternoon at the next low tide.
Torbay Council is working with colleagues in South West Water as some utility apparatus has been exposed. The Environment Agency has also been informed.
It is expected that the road will remain closed this week whilst repairs are carried out.
Mr Oliver added: "As soon as I heard of the problem I visited the site of the breach, and was there last night and revisited the affected sea wall at 10.30pm.
"I was also down there early this morning. I am conscious of the disruption this has caused, and I am pleased that efforts are being made by all agencies involved to solve the problem as soon as possible."