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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 underway after the Environment Agency (EA) said 1,400 homes were flooded, included 300 in Boston and Lincolnshire alone.
The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has been visiting flood affected communities along the East Coast. It comes as parts of the region were hit by the worst tidal surge for 60 years.
Local councillor estimates the flooding which broke through here caused £2million worth of damage to local businesses.
The mayor of Whitby, Councillor John Freeman, is calling for more sea defences in the town following this weeks floods. Homes and businesses around the harbour were flooded when a tidal surge forced water into nearby streets.
Some residents won't be back in their homes for months. Whitby's mayor says even a small wall around the harbour might solve some of the problems caused by high tides.
Police say though the high tide has gone and the area at Wyberton has not flooded it is not the end of the response operation. There will still be a multi-agency presence in Boston overnight and throughout the weekend, helping residents to return home.
"I am pleased to say there is no predicted further threat of flooding but the impact on those affected will be felt for weeks and months to come. In spite of this, we have seen some heartwarming examples of public spirit and whole communities coming together in this time of adversity.
I would like to offer my sincere thanks to all our residents for their co-operation throughout this difficult period. "
Chief Inspector Paul Timmins, Lincolnshire Police
Chris Kiddey has spent the day in Whitby after the town and neighbouring Scarborough were badly hit by the storm last night.
The town of Boston has today been dealing with the impact of the biggest floods in living memory.
Its streets were swamped when its tidal river The Haven burst its banks. Unprecedented, according to Boston's Mayor, who today called for residents to work together to help people get back to normality in time for Christmas. David Hirst reports.
High tide has been and gone and the affected area in Wyberton has not flooded.
The breach of the defences has been repaired.