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Saturday, December 21, 2013
Life has returned to normal for residents of the east coast town where river defences held and only a handful of homes suffered flooding.
In nearby Hemsby, however, where the tidal surge destroyed the old lifeboat shed and several seafront homes, the clean-up continues at a steady pace. Volunteers are on the beach every day, clearing debris that continues to wash up and installing more DIY sea defences to slow the toll of the winter tides. Lorna Bevan-Thompson, landlord of the Lacon Arms, said: “We have been making more concrete blocks all this week and will be starting again after Christmas when people will have more time to spare. “We’re still fundraising, but we have to accept there is little we can do to save the homes on that side of the Marrams. It’s hard for the people who live there. But we can still protect the road behind them. There are still a lot of homes at risk if we don’t act.” Meanwhile, it looks unlikely the four homes earmarked for demolition will be taken down before Christmas as originally hoped.
A spokesman for Great Yarmouth Borough Council, which has stepped in to pay for the demolition after asbestos was found on site, said: “Contractor, ID Asbestos, has taken samples of the materials they have got to handle. “They have sent it away for sampling to determine what type of asbestos is present before they proceed. “It is unlikely the results will come back before Christmas.”