Flooding hits the East of England

The big clean up is underway after one of the biggest storm surges since 1953 hit the region last week. Thousands were evacuated from their homes and power was lost in many parts of the region. Transport networks also suffered.

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Severe flood warnings for the east slowly reducing

The number of severe flood warnings issued by The Environment Agency is falling. There are currently 17 in place for the Anglia region.

A severe flood warning means there is danger to life.

At the height of the tidal surge last night there were around 40 severe flood warnings in place.

There are also 89 flood warnings, which means flooding is expected and 18 flood alerts, which means flooding is possible.

More than 600 people in Norfolk use emergency shelters

More than 600 people made use of the various rest centres around Norfolk after homes were evacuated.

Many road closures remain in place across the county due to the flooding. Including:

West Norfolk:

Bridge closures at Wiggenhall St Germans (due to cracking) and Purfleet Place.

North Norfolk:

Mill Common Road, Walcott Road, Keswick Road, Bacton Road, at the Lighthouse Inn, Walcott, and Beach Road, at Cley, up towards Salthouse are all closed.

King's Lynn:

King Street closed at Tuesday Market Place.

'It's not over yet' warns Suffolk police chief

The emergency services in Suffolk had a busy night dealing with flooding incidents.

The county's fire service attended 18 incidents and rescued 27 people.

Suffolk Police Assistant Chief Constable Tim Newcomb, said: "The multi-agency responders to this incident have been working incredibly hard throughout the night to minimise the risk to Suffolk residents. It’s not over yet.

"There is always an element of uncertainty when trying to predict the natural environment but we will keep the public informed about our plans and approach. At the same time we also need to start to think about what needs to be done to clear up.”

We want to ensure that our plans for the next 24 hours are appropriate in order to address the next two potentially significant tide levels which will be at lunchtime and midnight.

– Tim Newcomb, Suffolk Police
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