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Sunday, December 8, 2013
Sightseers are arriving in resorts in north Norfolk to see first-hand the devastation from Thursday’s floods, as communities in Norfolk and Waveney continue the work to restore order.
A steady trickle of sightseers continue to pour into resorts in north Norfolk to see first hand the devastation from Thursday’s floods.
Rubble and debris litter Cromer and Sheringham’s promenade and further up the coast at Bacton and Walcott - where several homes were destroyed by the fierce waves - the clear up continues.
North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb is due to head out to Walcott later today to survey the devastation for himself and talk to residents.
Staff from North Norfolk District Council meanwhile continue to assess the damage and are working to make beachfronts at Cromer and Sheringham safe so they can open them back up to the public.
Brian Farrow, coast engineer, said work had begun immediately after the storms and hoped most of the promenade in both resorts would be open to walkers again “in a few days”, but the repair work to the most severely damaged areas would take “a little bit longer”.
It was a calm night in Wells, allowing people to continue repairing the damage done on Thursday.
Wells Town Council chairman and lifeboat coxswain Allen Frary said: “The night passed peacefully and it’s been pretty quiet all round.
“People are out tidying things up and getting back to normal.”
Wells Lifeboat House itself was severely damaged by Thursday night’s floods but the crew was ready to operate as normal.
Mr Frary said: “We had a flood plan in place and a skeleton crew was brought in. We lost some electricity but not enough to stop is from doing what we needed to do. We’ve not had any call-outs but we would have been ready to go if there were any.”
Meanwhile, in Great Yarmouth, as life gets back to normal for the majority, a handful of residents face further disruption.
Irene Thompson, who evacuated her home in Lichfield Avenue on Thursday night, has spent another night at her caravan near Burgh Castle. Her home was badly damaged by flood water.
“We’ve had to rip all the carpets up, the bottom of the kitchen cupboards are ruined, the chairs and tables: all ruined,” said Mrs Thompson.
Homes in Runham Vauxhall - a neighbourhood near the Acle New Road roundabout where the rivers Yare and Bure meet, are in a similar situation, yesterday counting the cost of flood damage and making calls to insurance companies.
In Hemsby, where several homes on the Marrams crashed into the sea, members of the public are being urged to get on to the beach and help with the removal of debris.
Lorna Bevan-Thompson, landlady of the Lacon Arms in Hemsby, said: “We have the green light to move and clear debris on beach and the sooner we do this the quicker we can put more protection down.”
The community had put down gabion defences - metal cages filled with rocks, along the dunes just hours before the tide tore an estimated 30 metres of sand from the cliffs.
On the West Norfolk coast the damage has not been as bad as first feared although it will still be some time until normal service resumes for a number of businesses. The clean-up continues in Brancaster Staithe today as club members have rallied around to help clear the debris left behind at Brancaster Staithe Sailing Club’s clubhouse.
Along the coast in Burnham Deepdale workmen have been out replacing some of the earth that has been washed away from paths and sea defences.
In Hunstanton the Sea Life Sanctuary has finished its evacuation and will now be assessing the damage over the next few days.
In Waveney, businesses and residents in the areas worst affected by the floods in Lowestoft and Southwold are continuing the clean-up operation today.
For many in London Road North and Station Square in Lowestoft it was business as usual yesterday, however many of the businesses in Bevan Street East were forced to remain closed, and are not expected to reopen until tomorrow at the earliest.
UK Power Network engineers are continuing to work with customers in parts of Lowestoft whose properties were affected by flooding.
Electricity supplies to many properties had to be switched off for safety reasons while they assessed damage to equipment and carried out vital safety checks.
A spokesman said they have made extensive safety checks and repairs and are now able to restore power to some customers.
Electricity cannot be turned back on if they are unable to check the main fuse and meter in each property, so they are urging any customers who have been evacuated to get in touch by calling 0800 7838838.
The A12 at Blythburgh, which has been closed since Thursday, has now re-opened.