December 6 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 11, 2013
Here’s a good way of testing your windscreen wipers.
The raging seas at Cromer have died down this morning, after yesterday’s dramatic scenes as gale force winds combined with a high tide.
But a sequence of pictures taken yesterday at the height of the storm by the town’s carnival chairman Tony Shipp captured the moment when a white van drove through the worst of the waves as they smashed over the seafront.
The van is seen edging along the promenade from the pier.
Then it disappears in the spray as the wave spills over the seawall.
It emerges again to continue its journey along a roadway that had then turned into a salty river.
Mr Shipp said: “The men had been trying to finish off some work on the pier, but had given up.
“They slowly drove along in their van - obviously wary about any stones that might be in the waves.
“They were completely enveloped at one point but they kept going though. There were three men in there, but I could not see their faces.
“It is one of the roughest seas I have seen.”
The storms look set to be one of the final tests of Cromer’s aging sea walls.
Work on the £4m first phase of a major repair scheme is due to start before Christmas.
Walcott was the main focus of flood concerns yesterday, with more than 30 people being evacuated from their homes, to the local pub, as a precaution.
Another high tide last night passed without incident.
Forecasters are saying winds will build up again towards gale force gusts this afternoon.
Environment Agency flood alerts - where flooding is possible and people are advised to be prepared - currently exist on the tidal stretches of several rivers: the Waveney from Ellingham to Breydon Water; the Yare from Thorpe St Andrew to Breydon; the Bure from Wroxham Bridge, Ant from Honing and Thurne from Hickling to Breydon.