Photo gallery: Lowestoft recovers from tidal surge
PUBLISHED: 14:11 06 December 2013 | UPDATED: 14:11 06 December 2013
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.”
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