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Lowestoft counts cost of tidal surge

06:00 07 December 2013

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Lowestoft counts cost of tidal surge

Households and businesses in Lowestoft have been left counting the cost of the tidal surge that battered the town on Thursday night.

Yesterday saw shops and businesses by the bascule bridge and in south Lowestoft closed, people cleaning up their homes and traffic disruption with trains to Norwich stopped and traffic lights not functioning.

As people mopped up their homes and businesses and tried to salvage their possessions ruined by feet of water, stories of dramatic rescues and how townsfolk rallied round in support emerged throughout the day.

In St Johns Road area of Lowestoft firefighters had to rescue about 20 people on Thursday as the flood waters quickly rose.

Holly McLean, 19 and her fiance Calum Hurley, 19, were taken to safety on a fire service flood boat.

The couple had been due to move out of their rented home and lost all their clothes in the deluge, which reached between 2ft and 3ft in their home and also damaged their car.

Miss McLean, who has a heart condition, said: “It scared the living daylights out of me. I was panicking because of the depth of the water - I could not believe how high it was getting.”

After being rescued Miss McLean and Mr Hurley were given clothes to wear by complete strangers.

Firefighters remained in London Road South yesterday as a precaution and to provide advice to homeowners.

Police officers directed traffic around the Station Square area as lights had failed. Trains were not operating from the station.

The Marine Parade surgery was severely flooded with extensive damage caused, with staff relocated to the Kirkley Mill Health Centre. The East Coast Cinema on London Road South and the Joseph Conrad pub in Station Square were high profile victims of the flood, which had caused them to close their doors to customers.

In south Lowestoft the Lings car showroom off Riverside Road saw 50 vehicles written off due to the damage cause by the flood water.

In Bevan Street East in central Lowestoft Andrew Martin owner of Workwear Solutions said he had lost £5,000 worth of stock and Steve Clemmett, owner of Lowestoft Carpet and Rug Co said he had lost between £15,000 and £20,000 worth of stock.

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  • I'm Holly McLean, and I'm pretty upset that this article doesn't show how my neighbours, elderly, with children & vulnerable suffered. Yes I have a heart condition but by no means would I take priority to be rescued. I would of point blank refused to be classed as priority & wouldn't of left until I knew the more vulnerable neighbours had. All my neighbours are lovely and we all stuck together. The damage done right before Christmas is painful emotionally and also financially for everyone affected. To those who are unaware, we didn't get evacuation letters, and as many agree, we never thought it would actually transpire how it did. I send my love and praise to those who also suffered, the wonderful fireman & life boat team, good Samaritans and well-wishers. It's amazing how events like these bring community's closer, which I understand is the only positive! :)

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    HollyBerry8

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • Oh bless their hearts! I hope they are all safe and warm now. I didn't see an ambulance there at all : thankfully she had yourself to look after her. Glad there are people in this world who do what they can to help others. Restores my faith in humanity! I was crying my eyes out and there were a few young lads crowded and staring and to be honest they didn't laugh or do anything (that I knew of) but to those who laughed at anyone suffering I hope they know how vile they are. I'm sure karma will come back to them :) we are doing well thank you :)

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    HollyBerry8

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • Hi holly don't be upset by this you were merely an example. One of your neighbours my friend also suffered a electrical house fire due to the water . She did receive a letter but was trying to get Christmas presents and keep kids upstairs. So didn't see it and don't believe they knocked on the door. Like you she and the kids were rescued by boat leaving the cat and was left with smoke inhalation walking the cold streets with no shoes coats or any of Thier belongings. Infact were greeted by bystanders laughing at them taking videos. For which I'm disgusted. A gentleman took them in at first but they couldn't stay. I got down to pick them up and we waded through the water to collect the very cold very wet cat and very few bits for the kids. We then went to the hospital which should have happened in the first place. At no point were they helped to the place of safety or told where to go. There was nothing that side of the water open to help them. I really hope you and your partner are ok and not been affected by this too badly and are both safe and well

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    vc

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

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