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David Cameron visits North Norfolk following tidal surge

David Cameron this morning in North Norfolk.

The Prime Minister has been paying a visit to North Norfolk this morning to see for himself the extent of last week's flood damage.

David Cameron visited Wells-next-the-Sea and spoke to residents whose properties were damaged in the tidal surge. He also thanked the emergency services for their work.

Sea defences managed to prevent the devastation seen further down the coast at Hemsby and Walcott but he insisted that more needed to be done and lessons had to be learnt

David Cameron speaks to residents.


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Cameron views tidal surge damage in Norfolk

David Cameron surveyed the extent of the flood damage in north Norfolk today as he visited a town hit by last week's tidal surge.

The Prime Minister met residents of Wells-next-the-Sea whose properties were damaged as the tide reached the highest level on record.

David Cameron met Norfolk rescue services involved in the flood response.

Mr Cameron paid tribute to the emergency services and flood wardens for their response, but said more could be done.

He said: "These were terrible floods and it was a very difficult event but the resilience of people here in Norfolk must be praised."

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Norfolk Police: Water levels higher than in 1953

Charlie Hall, Deputy Chief Constable of Norfolk Police, said that in places the waters exceeded the levels seen in the storm surge of 1953:

In places, water levels were higher than those experienced in the flooding of 1953, when many people lost their lives.

Thankfully that has not been the case on this occasion, a combination of improved defences in place and the concerted efforts of the community, the emergency services and the agencies that have worked to support the evacuation and keep people informed.

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Environment Secretary warns of continued flooding risk

Following a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergencies committee, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson warned that the danger was not over:

There will still be exceptionally high tides today and tomorrow and I would ask everybody to pay very close attention to advice from the Environment Agency and also to follow instructions from the police, local government and the emergency services.

– owen paterson, environment secretary


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Flood map shows where storm has hit hardest

The map shows flood warnings. Credit: Environment Agency

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.

Lifeboat boathouse becomes a victim of the storm

Wells all weather lifeboat rescuing a boat in trouble in May 2013. Credit: Wells Lifeboat

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.

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