Flood-hit communities warned of rats threat

Communities affected by the most serious tidal surge in 60 years along the east coast of Britain have been warned to avoid direct contact with floodwater and beware of rats moving into homes.

A major clean-up operation is under way after the Environment Agency (EA) said 1,400 homes were flooded, including 300 in Boston, Lincolnshire, alone.

A view of flood waters in Faversham, Kent. Credit: PA Wire

In Suffolk, police said there was no further threat from coastal flooding but local authorities warned that people should take precautions around floodwater including preventing children from playing in flooded areas or with contaminated toys.

Those affected were also advised to discard food grown in allotments or gardens and store rubbish out of the reach of pests.

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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.