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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.

Threat of floods moves down to the Suffolk coast

High tides have arrived in North Suffolk where the Wherry Hotel in Oulton Broad tweeted water levels are rising.

A severe flood warning is in place for Oulton Broad.

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Great Yarmouth escapes any major flooding

Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Norfolk town of Great Yarmouth has escaped from the threat of flood tonight.

Whilst water levels on the River Yare were higher, the tide has passed off peacefully.

Credit: ITV News Anglia
Credit: ITV News Anglia

Throughout the day thousands of people were told to evacuate their homes because of the flood risk.

However flood defences seem to have held firm against one the biggest tidal surge to hit the east coast since 2013.

ITV News Anglia reporting on the East Coast storm surge

A number of severe flood warnings are in force around the Anglia coast. Credit: ITV News Anglia

As East Anglia braces itself for a storm surge to hit the coastline at high tide, the ITV News Anglia programme was presented live from Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, one of the communities under threat.

There were 17 severe flood warnings in force ahead of the high tide overnight on Friday 13 January into the early hours of Saturday.

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High tide at Great Yarmouth expected at 2130

Watch Malcolm Robertson's report on how Great Yarmouth is preparing for the storm surge.

Chief Inspector Nathan Clark of Norfolk Police said

"It is better to be prepared for all eventualities so I would encourage anyone given advice to evacuate their home to do so, rather than take a risk.

Waves may look impressive, but it is imperative that people stay away from seafront areas tonight and into the weekend, as they will be putting themselves in harm’s way.”

– Chief Inspector Nathan Clark

Harbour master posts pictures ahead of high tide

The harbour master of Wells-next-the-Sea has posted images on twitter of the state of the sea an hour before high tide.

The pictures show the sea level has overtopped the harbour wall.

Residents urged to move to safety

Tide times for tonight
Tide times for tonight

Residents of Jaywick, Mistley and West Mersea are being urged to head to rest centres as a severe flood warning remains in place ahead of a high tide tonight.

Around 140 people had registered at the rest centre in Jaywick by 6pm this evening.

Essex Police Chief Inspector Russ Cole said:

"I am extremely grateful to residents for acting on our instruction and evacuating and all partners in Jaywick, Mistley and West Mersea for their work to support their communities.

We have seen numbers of people using the rest centres in Jaywick increase steadily during the late afternoon. I know from talking to many people that friends and family are also housing many more people.

I still need anyone who has not yet evacuated their property to do so immediately. The flood warning for high tide after midnight remains at severe and there is a threat to life as a result."

– Essex Police Chief Inspector Russ Cole
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