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Monday, December 16, 2013
What a difference a week makes – as these before and after pictures of flood-hit communities along the north Norfolk coast show.
Boats are now moored up on Blakeney Quay which was submerged in water after the strong tidal surge which struck on December 5.
Dog walkers and nature enthusiasts can now walk along the Coast Road through Cley and Salthouse, which was shut for several days after vegetation from the saltmarshes was forced onto the road.
But despite this part of the coast receiving less damage compared to other communities, businesses in Blakeney and Salthouse remain shut.
Furniture and carpets in the Blakeney Manor Hotel were damaged from the flood water and the building remains shut to guests while the clean up is under way.
Assistant manager Louise Willgress said: “Everybody has worked really hard to get where we are now. We will reopen as soon as we can.”
The Blakeney Hotel, closer to the quay, fared better and reopened the day after the tidal surge.
Anne Thornalley, general manager, said the hotel was evacuated during the floods because of a power failure and she was “extremely pleased” at the effectiveness of the flood boards and sandbags.
“They were really put to the test this time and they exceeded our expectations. We were very lucky considering how high the water was,” she said.
The cellar was flooded as was a bedroom in the hotel’s Granary Annexe, which will need to be repaired.
A boat which was forced onto the quay by the high tide has since been removed.
Signs have been put up in galleries saying the businesses have had to shut for refurbishment following flood damage.
These include Quay Art, the Handcrafted Company and the Flint Gallery.
The King’s Arms pub on Westgate Street also remains shut after the kitchen and cellar were ruined. It could reopen this Friday, according to barman John Marcucci.
Further along the Coast Road in Salthouse the village shop on the green, which was underwater, is closed as is Cookie’s Crab Shop next door because of flood damage.