Clean up of tidal surge as communities count the cost

Communities and insurers are counting the cost after the most serious tidal surge in 60 years devastated large swathes of the east coast of Britain.

Thousands of people who were evacuated from their homes will be assessing the damage after finally being allowed to return to their homes yesterday.

Head Gardener Steve Edney wades through flood water as he rescues rare plants with his team from the Secret Gardens of Sandwich. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

A major clean-up operation will be required. The Environment Agency (EA) said 1,400 homes were flooded, including 300 in Boston, Lincolnshire, one of the worst affected areas.

Read: Flood warnings remain place after massive storm surge

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Cameron views tidal surge damage in flood hit town

David Cameron surveyed the extent of the flood damage as he visited a town hit by last week's tidal surge. The Prime Minister visited Wells-next-the-Sea in north Norfolk and met those whose properties were damaged.