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Police thank residents and volunteers as high tides pass off without major incident in Norfolk

The River Yare in Great Yarmouth this evening Credit: ITV News Anglia

Norfolk Police have thanked residents and volunteers across the coast tonight as the floods passed without any major incident.

As high tide passed at around 9.30pm, the likelihood of significant flooding in Great Yarmouth was so finely balanced that the Environment Agency was unable to predict how severe the outcome would be; however, as the critical time came and went no substantial flooding occurred in the town.

The River Yare in Great Yarmouth this evening Credit: ITV News Anglia
Credit: ITV News Anglia

In North Norfolk however a number of homes are without power in Walcott; however, it is not clear how many have been affected by flooding. The evacuation centre has now been moved from The Lighthouse to Stalham High School.

There is also flooding on some coastal roads in that area which has resulted in road closures and beach debris has been washed up onto the highway.

In Caister, the lifeboat station has been damaged but early reports suggest there have been no significant incidents in the Hemsby area which is vulnerable to coastal erosion.

Soldiers were drafted into help evacuate homes Credit: ITV News Anglia

Thousands of residents were advised to evacuate today which included over 5000 homes in the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston areas, 15 properties in Salthouse, and 56 in Walcott.

"Although the risk of flooding has receded, we won’t know the full extent of any damage caused by the high tides until daylight hours.

While it appears we have avoided major flooding it is important for residents to understand that we were not prepared to risk people’s lives on whether the area would significantly flood or not. Therefore we took the decision to evacuate areas which were most at risk. We’ve been well supported by the Environment Agency who used all the information available to them to try and predict the outcome, but as we all know we can never be certain on how things could develop.

The evacuation exercise has been significant and successful and has required a tremendous effort by all those involved. I would like to pay tribute to all our partner agencies including military personnel and to all the volunteers who gave up their time to ensure people stayed safe. Had the sea breached significantly it is extremely likely that we would face major consequences.”

I would also like to thank residents in those areas most affected for their patience and co-operation during today. I understand that our requests would have caused disruption to people but our overriding concern always has to be to protect people from the risk that the flooding posed.”

– Norfolk’s temporary Deputy Chief Constable Nick Dean,

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