King's Lynn was one of the first places hit by yesterday's tidal surge, where the North Sea topped the town's flood defences.
The beach huts on Southwold seafront were damaged large waves during last night's storm.
Thinking about returning home after the floods? Get the latest advice from Suffolk Coastal District Council.
In parts of the region, last night's high tide reached record levels.
In fact, in King's Lynn and Great Yarmouth, water levels were higher than those seen in the Great Flood of 1953.
Hundreds of people in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk were evacuated from their homes to escape the predicted flood damage.
Here is a look back at a dramatic 24 hours.
Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Roberston
It's bound to be a busy time for the insurance companies as the damage caused by the storm surge is assessed.
Malcolm Tarling from the Association of British Insurers says that those wishing to claim should get in contact with their insurance company as soon as possible:
"The first thing you should do is contact your insurance company"
"Your policy document will give details of who to contact and most companies now have an emergency helpline numbers."
"A lot of companies will be being proactive. They'll be identifying their customers in those postcodes worst affected in the region, and will actually be contacting their customers directly instead of waiting for their customers to contact them."
"The priority for any insurance today, and in the coming days, is to get claims dealt with as quickly as possible, and for badly damaged properties, they'll be arranging alternative accommodation."
Cromer in North Norfolk took a severe battering last night.
The grade two listed pier is closed after the sea tore up wooden decking and ripped holes in the floor of the pavilion theatre.
The funfair on the prom has gone, beach huts have been swept into the sea and great chunks of the huge, concrete sea wall are missing.
Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray
There are currently no severe flood warnings in the Anglia region, but some flood warnings remain in place across the East for tonight's high tides.
Here is when the tides are expected to come in tonight and into tomorrow morning.
To see the latest Environment Agency flood warnings click here
Witnesses have today been expressing their sadness after last night's tidal surge ripped through the Norfolk village of Hemsby.
Several homes were destroyed by the large waves.
Robin Adams lost his holiday home in the surge. He says that he has never seen a storm like yesterday's in his life:
"I've seen storms before, but this was relentless."
"The sand and the dunes were just being eaten up."
"It was a dramatic event, but obviously I've lost my holiday home and those memories are gone now. It's very sad."
Thousands of people across Norfolk have been advised that it is now safe to return to their homes.
Around 10,000 properties were visited yesterday, with many residents encouraged to evacuate.
However, following consultation with the Environment Agency, all partner agencies have now agreed that a phased return can begin.
Thousands of fish have been evacuated from a sea life sanctuary in Hunstanton in Norfolk following last night's flooding.
The Environment Agency says the greatest danger has now passed following the tidal surges in the last 24 hours.
Officials said in some places tidal heights were as high or higher than those seen during the 1953 floods but improved coastal defences meant the damage was far less significant.
Surges later today will be up to half a metre lower and there are still flood warnings in place, but there are no longer severe warnings in East Anglia.
Toby Wilson from the Environment Agency paid tribute to the job done by flood defences along the coast:
"Clearly for many communities who were impacted overnight it's been a devastating event.
"Our thoughts go out to those who have been evacuated, whose homes have been flooded, but it didn't have the impact of 1953 and I think that's a testament to the investment in flood defences."