Charlie Hall, Deputy Chief Constable of Norfolk Police, said that in places the waters exceeded the levels seen in the storm surge of 1953:
Following a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergencies committee, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson warned that the danger was not over:
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.
For over a hundred years Wells lifeboat station has withstood the ravages of the sea, sited as it is on the beach at Wells-Next-the-Sea. But last night, it couldn’t quite withstand the ravages of the huge tide which struck the North-Norfolk coastline.
The crew were standing by at the station to cover any emergency when huge waves swept through the boathouse reaching an estimated height of ten feet at the highest point of the tide.
The weight of the water smashed the door of the inshore lifeboat shed and surged through the main boathouse where the all-weather lifeboat is housed. At one stage it rocked the lifeboat which was strapped to its launching carriage.
Then when the tide receded it left behind in the boathouse around twenty tons of shingle and gravel.
Lifeboat Operations Manager, Chris Hardy, said, “I’ve never seen anything like it. We had to open the doors at both ends of the main boathouse to let the sea surge through. Otherwise it would have taken these doors out too.”
As it was, one corner of the boathouse has its outer cladding ripped off and interior wooden panelling was damaged. Memory boards of historic launches had to be removed hurriedly from the walls to prevent them from being damaged by the sea.
The crew have been up most of the night mopping up after the damage.
Repairs are expected to begin today.
ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson brings you the latest news from Great Yarmouth ahead of tonight's tidal surge.
People living near Wells Quayside in Norfolk are being told to evacuate their homes ahead of the predicted tidal surge this evening.
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A three year licence to carry out maintenance dredging at Wells Harbour in Norfolk has been granted. It follows months of delay as the Marine Management Organisation investigated the possible environmental impact.
The harbour master welcomed the news as beneficial to the local economy, saying it guarantees safe access to the harbour for wind farm traffic, fishing and other vessels.
Fishermen in North Norfolk say their livelihoods are being put at risk because the harbour isn't being dredged regularly.
But the commission looking after the harbour at Wells-next-the-Sea says it's not for want of trying. They want to dredge but have been told it could damage the environment. Kate Prout reports...
The Quay is closed due to crane operation between East Quay and Mainsail Yard.