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North Norfolk coast avoids flooding, despite warnings

PUBLISHED: 07:05 15 January 2016 | UPDATED: 07:05 15 January 2016

Flood warnings at Walcott.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Flood warnings at Walcott. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

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Despite flood warnings and alerts for the Norfolk coast which was expected to be one of the worst hit areas with high winds and high tides, the evening has passed without flooding.

Flood warnings at Walcott.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYFlood warnings at Walcott. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Flood alerts were issued for Southwold, Lowestoft to Bawdsey, Sheringham to Winterton, Old Hunstanton to Cley, Salthouse, east Cley, Great Yarmouth and the tidal River Yare.

A flood warning, meaning flooding is expected, was also issued for the stretch of coast from Keswick to Walcott with high tide at around 9.30am this evening .

Waves were expected to be between 4.5 and five metres high combined with high winds of up to 70mph along the coast.

The main coast road through Walcott, although sprayed with water, was kept open and one brave soul was even spotted taking their dog for a walk.

The morning high tide hits Walcott.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYThe morning high tide hits Walcott. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Steve Bullimore, landlord of The Lighthouse Inn pub which is used as an evacuation point, also reported that some people had gathered there who did not feel safe in their homes, but no one had been officially evacuated.

Tony Garbutt, senior coastal operations officer for the coastguard in north Norfolk, said: “It has not been as bad as expected. In the morning we will send our vehicle to check on the morning tide and also check in with the flood wardens in Walcott.”

The Mundesley Inshore Lifeboat Crew also reported at Eccles-on-Sea things had remained calmer than first thought with water only just reaching the ramp. In Happisburgh the high tide was also reported to have passed without incident,

Walcott suffered flooding after a storm surge in 2007 and 2013 which left dozens of homes and business damaged.

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