Floods: Great Yarmouth two weeks on

Scenes of devastation after the flood surge at Hemsby. Picture: James Bass Scenes of devastation after the flood surge at Hemsby. Picture: James Bass

Saturday, December 21, 2013
12:15 PM

Life has returned to normal for residents of the east coast town where river defences held and only a handful of homes suffered flooding.

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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.”

4 comments

  • Make them pay themselves, they chose to live in a stupid place Then make GYBC say why these people were being allowed to live in holiday homes all the year around when the practice used to be to restrict occupation Then ask whether some people are making a lot of noise because they fancy the government coastal erosion retreat payment for struggling businesses .

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    Daisy Roots

    Sunday, December 22, 2013

  • What's happening to the old lifeboat at Hemsby as they seem to have done nothing to shed still a mess and nothing been sorted to make it look better or clean up the bricks etc around it, maybe could leave or move that concrete base to have with sea defences

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    OnlyMe2011

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

  • This is our peoples homes and our coastline that is being taken away day by day. Having a home that looks out onto the sea is a fantastic thing. These are homes and not holiday lets,the difference is they pay the same taxes as every other resident, It makes my blood boil when I see the Government sending millions of pounds to other countries when this happens to them but can't protect there own people. Its immoral in every sense. sense is lacking from government as usual.

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    petercox6

    Monday, December 23, 2013

  • I wonder as to how many of these chalets are owned by GYB Councillors or their relatives, Daisy, sort of re-appropriated. Will the damaged chalets owned by public servants, Cllrs. and or their relatives attract any compensation?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Sunday, December 22, 2013

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