December 12 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 10, 2013
People at Walcott have breathed a sigh of relief after a mid morning flood alert passed without any flooding to homes.
More than 30 people from the 400-strong village evacuated to the local pub ahead of the 10.45am high tide danger point.
In the next 90 minutes emergency officials will be assessing when it is safe for residents and holidaymakers to return to their homes and caravans - mostly in and around the seafront area.
The coast road remains shut, and now flood wardens, council emergency planning experts and coastguards, are assessing what danger tonight’s high tide may present.
Flood coordinator Paul Woolston said today’s high tide was mild compared to other years.
“The westerly winds saved us,” he explained. Thing could have been much worse if the blasts were coming directly from the north.
Sylvia Andrews, secretary of the Walcott Emergency Volunteers Association, said 33 people were evacuated to the Lighthouse pub as a precaution.
Landlord Steve Bullimore provided them with hot drinks sandwiches and a warm fire.
He said he was happy to accommodate the evacuees and pay for their refreshments.
“It is what a pub is for. People who live in a village like this are your neighbours.”
At the last big evacuation in 2007 there were 150 people in the pub at 3.30 in the morning. The latest evacuation, because it was in daylight, was a bit easier.
The 3m tide, back by a gale-driven surge, made for some spectacular sights along the coast.
At Cromer pier, people braved the wind blasted prom and clifftop, to watch 20ft waves smashing into the seawalls, sending flumes of white water towering skywards.
Officials have warned people to stay away from the area, and - if they want to see what is going on - rely on the pictures and videos being posted by local media.
For updates on the weather monitor the EDP and North Norfolk News websites and Facebook page.