The tidal surge which hit the east coast of Britain has been described as the “most serious” for 60 years.
(SOURCE) Thousands were forced to abandon their homes as tides in parts of the North Sea reached higher levels than the devastating floods of 1953.
Flood waters have receded in many areas but authorities are warning that high tides later on Friday could cause further damage.
Two people died in Thursday’s storms, but the weather is now easing.
Seven cliff-top homes collapsed in Hemsby, Norfolk, where a lifeboat station has been also washed into the sea.
But the Environment Agency said 800,000 homes had been protected by flood defences and better forecasting had given people “vital time” to prepare.
The agency added: “Significant flooding along the east coast of England is expected to continue today [Friday], as the most serious coastal tidal surge for over 60 years will continue to affect communities.”
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson chaired a meeting of the government’s Cobra committee to discuss the floods.
Speaking afterwards, he said the situation was “not over” and asked the public to follow advice from police and other authorities.
“Conditions like this only occur in some places every 500 years,” he said.