UK weather: Clean-up operation begins following worst storm in 60 years

Sat 14 Dec 2013

Devastated residents watched their cliff-top homes disappear as last night’s tidal surge – which claimed two lives – hit the east coast of Britain.

Thousands of other homeowners are now returning after being evacuated, as flood waters begin to recede.

In Hemsby, Norfolk, several bungalows fell into the water as the high tide eroded the cliff below.

Resident Steven Connolly, 54, and his wife Jackie, 64, rushed home from the pub to rescue their possessions before their home was destroyed.

We were in the pub when we heard the cliff was going so rushed to get what we could out,’ explained Mr Connolly.

‘People we’ve never even met were helping out, it was amazing.

He added: ‘Suddenly we heard a shout ‘it’s going, it’s going’ and we watched our kitchen get ripped apart. The whole house collapsed before our eyes.

‘We’re devastated at what we’ve lost but at least me, Jackie and the kittens are safe.’

‘Record-breaking’ sea levels along the east coast of Britain caused widespread damage, with 12 severe flood warnings remaining in place – down from 40 this morning.

Two woman and two young babies in pushchairs had to be rescued in Broadstairs, Kent, after they were hit by a huge wave, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said

More than 200 people in Clacton-on-Sea in Essex were taken to evacuation centres, with a further 250 being housed in safe areas in Boston, Lincolnshire.

Boston was one of the worst-hit regions with 300 homes flooded out of the 1,400 that were affected countrywide.

Two people are believed to have lost their lives during the extreme weather including a 54-year-old lorry driver called Robert Dellow and an 83-year-old man who was hit by a falling tree in Nottinghamshire.

Following a meeting of the government’s Cobra emergencies committee, environment secretary Owen Paterson warned that the danger was not over.

‘There will still be exceptionally high tides today and tomorrow and I would ask everybody to pay very close attention to advice from the Environment Agency and also to follow instructions from the police, local government and the emergency services,’ he said.

Source; The Metro

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