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Homes start to crumble as tides batter Norfolk coast

Cliff-top homes are starting to crumble on the Norfolk coast as fears grow that high tide will sweep them into the sea.

The residents of 13 properties in The Marrams in Hemsby have been evacuated as fierce winds and tides batter the coast - with several metres of dunes eroded over the weekend alone.

A rest centre has been set up at the village hall and the coastguard has been monitoring the situation around the clock.

Rooms are starting to spill onto the beach. Credit: ITV News Anglia

“Further high tides and strong winds are forecast for at least the next 48 hours. As the sand dries out and becomes more powdery, over the next week the dunes will start to settle and adjust, meaning the risk of properties sliding down the cliffs remains very high.”

– Jan Davies, Head of Resilience, Norfolk County Council

Coastal protection and resilience officers have been on site today, assessing the damage together with building control surveyors and Environmental Services Officers who are monitoring the area.

The police are also still at the scene. Council officers are in discussion with local land and beach owners, The Watling Trust to ensure safety at the site.

One of the homes on the brink of collapse. Credit: ITV News Anglia

“This has been a frightening weekend for the residents of Hemsby, who have pulled together once again to help their friends and neighbours to evacuate their properties.

“We have tried and tested plans in place for emergencies such as these, which means people can be evacuated quickly and we can make sure that there is food and shelter for those who need it. Huge thanks must also go to local people and local businesses who have offered food, accommodation, removal services and safe havens for those who have had to leave their homes.

“At this time, we ask that everyone, other than the emergency services and council officers monitoring the site, stay away from The Marrams, both beachside and land side. The area is extremely dangerous, and the conditions are changing every hour as we continue to have strong winds and high tides."

– Cllr Graham Plant, Leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council

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