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Photo gallery: Flood warnings around the East Anglian coast lifted; Southwold pub suffers damage; limited flooding reported elsewhere

PUBLISHED: 11:10 11 January 2015 | UPDATED: 11:13 12 January 2015

Jon Payne cleaning up at the Wherry Hotel in Oulton Broad after the high tide washes up debris on to the car park.

Picture: James Bass

Jon Payne cleaning up at the Wherry Hotel in Oulton Broad after the high tide washes up debris on to the car park. Picture: James Bass

The Environment Agency has lifted flood warnings from around the East Anglian coast after a night when anticipated high tides came in lower than forecast.

High water at Wells last night. Photo: Robert Smith @hmwellsnextseaHigh water at Wells last night. Photo: Robert Smith @hmwellsnextsea

However, the agency said it would maintain a flood alert on the Broads.

A spokesman said: “There have been no major amounts of flooding and fortunately the high tides did not coincide with strong winds.”

At 10.45am, the agency tweeted: “All flood warnings for the Anglian patch have now been removed.”

Lowestoft Bridge on Saturday night. Photo: Lowestoft Warning @Low4warningLowestoft Bridge on Saturday night. Photo: Lowestoft Warning @Low4warning

East Norfolk and north Suffolk

The Harbour Inn in Southwold was flooded overnight. Landlord Nick Attfield said the kitchen worst affected, with two feet of water.

The pub had closed at 3pm yesterday because of the flood warnings, and staff lifted everything off the floor and onto barrels to keep them safe.

Mr Attfield said he may have lost two freezers, and a fryer may be affected. The pub will remain closed today for mopping up, but he hoped it would re-open tomorrow.

In Oulton Broad, The Wherry - a pub, restaurant and hotel - last night asked customers to move their cars, and its carpark flooded, but the water did not go into the building. It is open as normal today.

Keys Coffee Shop co-owner Stephen Massey said the water came about 2m from his door, but was now retreating, and he was setting up his tables and chairs outside as normal.

In Beccles, the river flooded its banks, but did not enter any near-by homes.

In Gorleston, the beach was flooded and there was flooding on a small part of Riverside Road, but no property was believed to have been affected.

The highest tides were between 8pm and 1am.

At Lowestoft, the Weather Warnings Twitter feed posted: “We would like to thank everyone for keeping us updated through this flood scare. High tide has passed and hopefully will recede so danger is subsiding.”

A spokesman for the voluntary group NS 4x4 Response said: “The tide last night passed without significant incidents.”

North Norfolk

At Wells, harbourmaster Robert Smith tweeted: “High water has peaked, approx one metre above predicted height. Fortunately flow slowed early. We can relax now.”

High tides caused flooding on a Coast Road and quay in north Norfolk but there was no serious damage to the area, which was battered by the tidal surge over a year ago.

Sea water got over the flood barrier in Walcott and onto the main road through the village but it was not closed to traffic and did not go into homes.

Emergency service teams including the Mundesley independent lifeboat and Happisburgh RNLI lifeboat crews, Mundesley and Happisburgh Coastguard, and Walcott Emergency Volunteer Association flood wardens kept a watching brief on the situation last night and directed traffic through the Coast Road.

In nearby Bacton flood wardens were sent out and flood gates were used to protect homes during high tide at 9.15pm.

But senior flood warden Richard Kimble said: “It went off fairly smoothly. Last night was a very pleasant and clear evening.”

There were no reports of problems in Cromer and Sheringham or areas around Cley.

Water did flood Blakeney Quay last night but no damage was caused to property and flood gates were not needed outside individual homes.

Blakeney Parish Council clerk Tony Faulkner said: “It didn’t cause any problems.”

Areas affected by flood warnings

Areas which had a flood warning include:

• tidal River Bure from Scare Gap to Acle Bridge

• the tidal River Waveney

• the tidal River Yare from Trowse Newton to Breydon Water and Cantley, Brundall and Reedham

• the tidal River Wang, Benacre Marshes and Kessingland Beach, Walberswick, Dunwich and surrounding marshes

• Southwold and surrounding marshes

• Oulton Broad near Mutford Lock

• the west bank of the River Yare at Great Yarmouth from Gorleston to Ferry Hill

• the North Bank of Lake Lothing

• the Rivers Yare and Bure from Runham Vauxhall to Scare Gap and including the Vauxhall Holiday Park

• Lowestoft Seafront and Docks

• Blythburgh and marshes upstream of the A12, Snape, Iken and the surrounding marshland.

Have you been affected by flooding? Sent us your photos to martin.george@archant.co.uk or call 01603 772468.

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