Charlie Hall, Deputy Chief Constable of Norfolk Police, said that in places the waters exceeded the levels seen in the storm surge of 1953:
In places, water levels were higher than those experienced in the flooding of 1953, when many people lost their lives.
Thankfully that has not been the case on this occasion, a combination of improved defences in place and the concerted efforts of the community, the emergency services and the agencies that have worked to support the evacuation and keep people informed.
Following a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergencies committee, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson warned that the danger was not over:
There will still be exceptionally high tides today and tomorrow and I would ask everybody to pay very close attention to advice from the Environment Agency and also to follow instructions from the police, local government and the emergency services.
The Environment Agency has updated an interactive map showing where the storm has hit hardest. It includes detail on 54 flood warnings, where there is a danger to life, along with 124 flood warnings, and 70 flood alerts.
A village in Norfolk has become the latest victim of coastal erosion after high tides swept away the lifeboat launching ramp. More than eight feet of beach has disapppeared from Hemsby near Great Yarmouth in recent days and there are concerns that more could go. Kate Prout reports.