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Monday, October 15, 2012
Here is a look back at the North Norfolk News’ coverage of the 1987 storm from 23 October 1987
Hundreds of families in weather-beaten North Norfolk spent almost a week without electricity after Friday’s gales.
Eastern Electricity engineers worked round the clock to restore supplies, but many homes in isolated villages were still without power.
Power workers from Scotland, Anglesey and the Midlands were drafted in to help Norfolk’s own teams cope with the emergency and all high voltage distribution cables were restored by the beginning of the week.
But Eastern Electricity said that there were still homes without power in more than 20 North Norfolk villages.
Said distribution engineer Mr Len Bacon: “We’ve never been as badly affected as this. We’re hoping to get the bulk of the work done so everybody should be back on by the weekend.”
Mr Bacon said engineers were still working in Happisburgh, Ingham, Lessingham, East Ruston, Sidestrand, Overstrand, Ridlington, Southrepps, Gimingham, Bradfield, Hickling, Horsey, Walcot, Waxham, Hoveton, Ludham, Trunch, Banningham, Colby, Alby, Roughton, Sloley, Worstead, Wroxham, Belaugh, Dilham and Honing.
Coastal resorts were worst hit by Friday’s gales, as residents and caravan owners awoke to discover their homes severely battered.
At least a dozen caravans and mobile homes one cliff top sites were wrecked by the gales, while scores of houses lost roof tiles, television aerials and fences.
A mobile home at Seaview Caravan Park, East Runton, was swept over the cliff edge and totally demolished as it plunged into the beach.
But none of the caravans were occupied as the gales took their toll, and no injuries were reported.
A team of Young National Trust volunteers from across Britain is due to arrive in North Norfolk today to help clear debris and storm damage at Felbrigg, Blickling, Sheringham Park and Bullfer Grove, near Holt.