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.
Some parts of the UK are have seen the worst storm surge in 60 years, but we are not out of the danger yet.
A combination of factors are combining to make this storm surge particularly powerful.
Water levels around the UK could be higher than in the storm surge of 1953, but thanks to flood defences the impact is likely to be smaller.