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Sunday, December 8, 2013
North Norfolk’s MP has described the flood-ravaged scenes in Walcott as “horrifying” after he walked through the village to meet with residents and businesses.
Norman Lamb chatted to those who have been devastated by the floods, which tore through the coastal community on Thursday, and saw first hand the carnage left by the storm surge.
He also offered his help to anyone in taking up issues with insurance companies as residents now face months out of their homes to allow for assessments and re-building work.
As he made his way down the sand covered coast road Mr Lamb stopped to talk to Graham French, who runs the Kingfisher cafe, and Julian Husselbee, owner of the next door Kingfisher fish bar - who both suffered damage but hope to be open again soon - and residents Billy Applegate and Jane Knapp, whose homes were ruined in the floods.
He said: “It’s horrifying and your heart goes out to the people who have been affected by it.
“It’s horrific at any time of year but at a time like this when we head towards Christmas, I think if anybody put themselves in the shoes of these people they’d have an enormous amount of sympathy, and realise that these people need some help now.”
Since the floods swept along the north Norfolk coast, Mr Lamb has visited several towns and villages that suffered from the rising tide. But he said the wreckage at Walcott was the worst he had seen.
“The scene at Cromer is pretty stark and there’s been a lot of costly damage,” he added. “But in terms of people’s lives I think Walcott is by far the worst hit in north Norfolk.”
For a second day residents were out in force clearing the village of flood damage.
Hoses and power washers rinsed pavements and equipment, and a local farmer drove into the village on his JCB to scoop sand off the road. The Red Cross also arrived this afternoon to distribute supplies to those in need, including shoes.
Council workers are due to move into the village tomorrow, bringing skips and equipment to clear debris and get the main road re-opened, as it has remained shut since Thursday afternoon.