Search

Photo gallery: Lowestoft recovers from tidal surge

14:11 06 December 2013

Tidal surge aftermath in London Road South, Lowestoft

Tidal surge aftermath in London Road South, Lowestoft

Archant

Clean up operations are continuing in the Lowestoft and Southwold areas this morning.

Firefighters were at the top of London Road South by the town centre as flood waters remained in the area.

Residents could be seen mopping up their homes and several businesses and shops were shut in Station Square, including The Jospeh Conrad pub.

Last night about 20 residents of St John Road had to be evacuated from their homes by firefighters using flood boats.

There is still standing water in Denmark Road, the Peto Way roundabout and at London Road South where a team of firefighters assisted by volunteers are assessing the situation to see if water can be pumped away.

They are also be providing advice to local residents about the clearance of flood water.

Train services between Lowestoft and Norwich have also stopped.

Because of rising sea levels at Southwold Harbour, properties in the immediate vicinity were evacuated once again.

The main road closure in the region is the A12 at Blythburgh.

The road is likely to be closed for the rest of the day, however diversions are in place.

The Environment Agency has downgraded all severe flood warnings for the Suffolk coast to flood warnings.

Waveney District Council’s operational partners, Waveney Norse, have confirmed that all refuse collections are taking place as normal following the weather events of the past 24 hours. Refuse vehicles are not suffering any problems with access and all bins should be emptied as normal today.

Waveney Norse is also helping residents or businesses who are seeking to dispose of larger items or materials damaged by the flooding. They can be contacted on 01502 527100 and will provide advice and guidance about how and when they can assist with any disposal.

Suffolk Police’s assistant chief constable David Skevington, who is leading the multi-agency response, said: “Last night we were faced with some very challenging conditions, but everyone worked well together in a bid to minimise harm to people and property.

“I am not referring only to emergency services, local authorities and other agencies but also volunteers from across the county who showed such community spirit in many ways such as opening additional rest centres in threatened communities; they deserve our thanks.

“However, we can’t be complacent there are further high tides coming to the coast and we must remain vigilant. I would urge people to continue to monitor local media, the Environment Agency website or phone the Flood Line on 0845 988 1188.”

Have you got any photographs or stories on the tidal surge? Email anthony.carroll@archant.co.uk or amy.smith@archant.co.uk

3 comments

  • Have to do it ourselves dragonfly-simply don't get sick and grow old and infirm-simple as that.

    Report this comment

    Colin James Watling

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • The people of Lowestoft especially those in high risk areas, deserve to know (a) why WDC deem it appropriate to offer to sell us sandbags at £2.50 each + vat, when they are responsible for sea defences ? (b) why Lowestoft's stock of sandbags were apparently sent to Gt. Yarmouth? I would also needs mention that both the elderly & infirm are not capable of collecting sandbags, neither are they in most instances able to place heavy sandbags where the same are needed

    Report this comment

    SandyD48

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • WDC should have all the office staff out filling sandbags , and delivering them for free , to the sick and infirm .

    Report this comment

    dragonfly

    Friday, December 6, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Other news

Yesterday, 17:43
The Waveney River Centre.
Incident at the swimming pool involving a young girl.

Picture: James Bass

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a seven-year-old girl at a swimming pool.

Yesterday, 17:00
Local residents are campaigning to save Southwold hospital from being developed into flats. Laurence Vulliamy outside the hospital.

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Campaigners trying to keep a much-loved former hospital for public use have vowed to fight an appeal to stop them having the first “right to bid” on the site.

Yesterday, 13:44
Dr Catherine Richards, principal of East Norfolk Sixth Form in Gorleston.

A sixth form college has pulled out of plans to merge with two further education colleges, and is now exploring a merger with another sixth form instead.

Yesterday, 15:19
Picture: James Bass

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and money laundering in Lowestoft.

Most Read

Tue, 14:50
The Waveney River Centre.
Incident at the swimming pool involving a young girl.

Picture: James Bass

The seven-year-old girl who died after being pulled unconscious out of a swimming pool in Burgh St Peter was local to the area, police have today confirmed.

Read more
James Paget University Hospital
Yesterday, 12:04
Police Officers. Picture: James Bass.

A teenage boy has been arrested by police after he was seen carrying a small axe in Carlton Colville.

Read more
Suffolk Police
Yesterday, 17:43
The Waveney River Centre.
Incident at the swimming pool involving a young girl.

Picture: James Bass

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a seven-year-old girl at a swimming pool.

Read more
Tue, 18:12
Suffolk Constabulary.   PHOTO: Nick Butcher

It was a busy Bank Holiday weekend for the emergency services across Waveney as they dealt with a spate of crashes in the area.

Read more
Suffolk Police
Yesterday, 15:19
Picture: James Bass

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and money laundering in Lowestoft.

Read more
Suffolk Police

Most Commented

Yesterday, 15:00
Therese Coffey is declared the MP for Suffolk Coastal In the parliamentary elections at Martlesham.

Speaker John Bercow lost his temper with Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey and health secretary Jeremy Hunt today for using their mobile phones on the front bench.

Read more
Therese Coffey

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 10°C

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Lowestoft Journal
e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up