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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Watch Serena Sandhu's report on how Jaywick is preparing for the storm surge.
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.”
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 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."