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Lowestoft counts cost of tidal surge

PUBLISHED: 06:00 07 December 2013 | UPDATED: 10:51 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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