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.

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  • Larson showing a dodgy grip on Scottish finances-even if they kept all the revenue they would still need English money to balance their extravagant spending-especially now and especially in times like the mid 80s when oil was $13 a barrel. I note again that the places affected are those which are bang on the water for their own reasons and should expect to be having coping measures in place. GY survived a higher surge than 53 last winter because of improved defences. If people build at places like the LAwns GY they should expect to be affected by over topping.Having said that the money has been there, the EA has done some good work in places but in places like Somerset it was wilful negligence at fault and that could affect us too in the Fens and parts of Norfolk .

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Still at it John ? Tax revenues raised in Scotland ( north sea oil billions ) have been diverted to England for decades.

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    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • Sad for those people effected and will no doubt happen again as The Labour Party has promised to divert any new tax revenues raised in England to finance social services in Scotland .

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    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • What happened to David Cameron's promise of money being available to prevent flooding around the country. As in other places, Lowestoft is still waiting for a flood prevention scheme. The rocks being put on the south beach are to reinforce the sea front and will not prevent flooding in the centre of this major town.

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    Port Watcher

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • Bad reporting by the Mercury yes, but actually it was only just past springs, Tide surge was 1.2Mts above predication and the EA advice was consistent and accurate with 'Flood Warning' given rather than 'Severe Flood warning' These are serious events and just because the flood defences and Broads flood alleviation plan worked does not mean that anyone living in the lower parts of GY should be complacent.

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    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • Not really close to spring tides, wind was soon shifting away from being unfavourable to Norfolk rivers, not a huge amount of rain coming down the rivers-what is the EDP getting hysterical about? This was a warning for getting feet wet not a major innundation. Rhombus has hit the nail on the head about the lazy over exaggerated reporting at Hemsby and it being grasped at by politicians. the real problem is the lack of competence at the EA in the past and now , why rivers are not dredged and why Wash banks are not maintained and the risk that these stories will make us look too expensive to defend .

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    Daisy Roots

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • what has photos of the rough sea at blackpool got to do with storms in norfolk ?

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    gerry mitson

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • Quick, get BBC Look East David Whiteley down to Hemsby so he can get himself into danger of getting his feet wet again. Stewart White will be in the local pub pinning medals on the heroic locals, and Brandon Lewis will try to look concerned and local. This could be the first big test of the EDP campaign to replace social welfare with a network of community pubs and good fun community actions.

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    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • This makes no sense. I mean, when David Cameron breezed into town for a photo-opportunity in the aftermath of the floods last winter, I do recall he definitely promised to fix everything and make all the problems go away, or was that more of his 'empty promises' ?

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    Mr Cameron lstellingIies

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • I blame ofsted!

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    Paul Baxter

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • A140 closed near Tasburgh, tree down blocking both lanes

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    Saturday, January 10, 2015

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