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Cold snap forces cancellation at Fakenham

Racing at Fakenham has been called off because of the cold weather Credit: ITV Anglia

The freezing weather has forced Fakenham racecourse to call off one of its most valuable meetings of the year tomorrow (January 15 2017).

Tens of thousands of pounds in prize money would have been on offer at the Norfolk track, but the forecast of another cold night tonight, and the chance of snow tomorrow morning has forced the course to cancel the meeting.

Floods minister thanks teams for protecting communities

Floods Minister Thérèse Coffey Credit: ITV Anglia

Floods Minister Thérèse Coffey has thanked all the teams who worked together to protect East coast communities from the risk represented by the storm surge.

While the flood forecasting was extremely accurate, we were fortunate that the winds and highest waves did not happen together. “I saw for myself in Essex the tireless work of the military, EA staff, volunteers and emergency services who have worked round the clock to warn and evacuate people, make sure our permanent defences are in good order and temporary defences in place where necessary. “That effort kept 550,000 properties safe from flooding – a stark reminder of the scale and force of those coastal waves and how important it is to check your flood risk and follow EA advice. We know a small number of properties were flooded and my sympathies go out to those who have been affected.”

– Floods Minister Thérèse Coffey

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Coast road unlikely to open for some time

The coast road at Salthouse covered in debris from the storm surge Credit: Kate Prout

This picture sums up the power of the North Sea surge.

Even though homes were not flooded, the sea left a pile of debris all along the road fringing the Norfolk coast. Parts of it are still underwater.

The coast road at Cley in Norfolk Credit: PondPools UK

Sea surge leaves flooding in its wake

The coast road at Salthouse covered in debris from the storm surge Credit: Robert Greenfield

The North Sea surge may not have overwhelmed defences, but it has left parts of the coastline underwater.

The A149 is closed at Old Woman's Lane in Cley, while the road at Salthouse is covered in debris.

George Baldock tweeted this picture saying the water had dropped overnight but the main road is still flooded.

The A149 is still flooded in places Credit: George Baldock

1am: Jaywick and Clacton escape any major flooding so far in tidal surge in Essex

Jaywick in Essex Credit: ITV News Anglia

1am: High tides have passed through Jaywick and Clacton-on-Sea in Essex this morning without any major reports of flooding so far.

Around 200 residents in Jaywick had gathered overnight at a rest centre after villagers were advised to evacuate their properties following warnings the sea water could rise by up to a depth of three metres.

But by one o'clock on Saturday morning the sea wall in the Essex village had still not been breached.

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New flood defences hold up in Lowestoft

Lowestoft's new portable flood defences have held up during tonight's high tides.

It was the first major test of the defences which protect the town side of the bascule bridge.

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