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Saturday, December 14, 2013
You can see how close the sea came to the top of the sea bank at Snettisham.
As the highest tides for 60 years surged along the coast, they scoured tonnes of shingle from the defences.
Cliffing - as the aftermath is called - extends to within inches of the top of the bank in places, while channels have been eroded in places where the sea came over the top of a lower-lying stretch.
Engineers are now repairing the bank between Shepherd’s Port and Heacham Dam, which protects 3,000 holiday homes.
Julie Foley, area manager for the Environment Agency, said: “We are concentrating on filling the holes in the flood defences and using material from the beach to reinstate the banks where possible.
“Because of the extensive damage to the flood defences, it may not be possible to restore them to the same level of protection as before in the short term.”
Some areas of the bird reserve are closed off, including the sea wall south of the Rotary Hide. But the flocks of waders which live on the mud flats seem to have survived the storms - along with Snettisham’s old jetty.