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Communities along the East Coast are recovering after they were hit by the most serious coastal tidal surge in over 30 years.

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Flood-hit communities warned of rats threat

Standing water in Hull left behind by the floods Credit: ITV Yorkshire

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.


Whitby Mayor calls for more sea defences

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 praise residents for co-operation

The scene at Wyberton in Boston Credit: ITV Yorkshire

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

Report: Boston deals with flood water

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.

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