Interactive graphic: How the night of the Norfolk and Suffolk tidal surge unfolded

Floods. Walcott damage after the sea surges.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Floods. Walcott damage after the sea surges. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

David Powles
Thursday, June 5, 2014
2:25 PM

Six months on from the biggest tidal surge to hit the region’s coast in years, take an interactive tour of how the night of drama unfolded.

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“We’ve lost everything. Our business, our livelihoods.”

These were the words of Wes Woods, as he and his partner Helen Robinson surveyed the damage caused to their home and business during the night of December 5, 2013.

Their village of Walcott was arguably the worst hit by the tidal surge, with dozens of homes destroyed or damaged and people’s possessions lost to the sea.

However, all along the coast there were similar scenes as the warnings of the day before, for once turned out to be true.

Click here to use our interactive graphic retelling the story of the night.

Fortunately, those warnings were heeded and preparation work was undergone to ensure no loss of life.

However, just like Mr Woods, many people had seen homes or businesses damaged - some of them so much they remain so even now.

The tidal surge began at around 8pm, with West Norfolk first to be affected. Over the hours that followed it swept along the coast, causing damage from Hunstanton to Wells, Sheringham, Cromer, Hemsby, Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Southwold.

Thorough the night and early hours of the morning people stayed glued to media outlets to keep a check on what was happening.

However, it was only in the morning, once daylight emerged, the true scale of the damage was revealed.

In the days, weeks and months that followed an amazing recovery effort has emerged, with communities rallying, and thousands affected doing their bit to help, whether it be physically or via the EDP Flood Appeal, whcih has raised more than £300,000 to date.

The floods tested the region’s resolved, broke many people’s homes - but it couldn’t break people’s spirit.

Click here to use our interactive graphic retelling the story of the night.

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