WELLS AREA: Quayside properties flood but not all residents follow advice to evacuate

Sand bags are put in place on the Quay at Wells by Port of Wells worker Chas Major. Picture: Ian Burt Sand bags are put in place on the Quay at Wells by Port of Wells worker Chas Major. Picture: Ian Burt

Thursday, December 5, 2013
10:52 PM

Water poured over the Quay in Wells and into some waterside properties, although not all families followed advice to leave their homes.

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A tractor tyre is put in place to try and protect the Albatross on Wells Quay from being battered in the storm. Picture: Ian BurtA tractor tyre is put in place to try and protect the Albatross on Wells Quay from being battered in the storm. Picture: Ian Burt

Businesses put sand bags outside their shops, and the flood barrier at Wells was closed at 5pm alongside Polka Road, Stanley Road and Freeman Street.

Sue, 67, and Paul Vertigan, 74, have lived in Freeman Street for 12 years and said they would not evacuate their home despite warnings.

Mr Vetigan said: “We thought if we left we would just be worried about what was happening to our home, so we stayed put.

“We have two floors so we thought we would be safe. I think we have seen the worst of it, and we are completely dry.”

Wells Quay. Picture: Ian BurtWells Quay. Picture: Ian Burt

Their grandson Josh, 21, who lives with them, works at French’s fish and chip shop on the Quayside, which his grandparents said has been quite badly hit.”

Water has surged into The Golden Fleece pub in Wells, six months after it was taken over by Paddy McAloon. He said he was “excited and gutted”.

He added: “What can you do. It’s one of those thing. It has been a long time coming, the first flood since 1978 and we are meant to have one every 25 years.”

A rest centre was set up at Alderman Peel High School in Market Lane for evacuees.

The flooded quay at Wells. Picture: Ian BurtThe flooded quay at Wells. Picture: Ian Burt

Alastair Ogle, headteacher at Alderman Peel High School, said they were “very well prepared” for the school to become a rest centre.

He said: “There’s a really good system that’s been set up by North Norfolk District Council. We’ve got lots of space, catering facilities which will be available and there are lots of things for the community to use.”

Tractor tyres were attached to the Albatros boat between the quay edge and the body of the boat to stop it smashing if and when the severe weather arrives.

Pinewoods caravan park on Beach Road evacuated 22 touring vans and is moving computer equipment off the site.

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2 comments

  • U & BBC R Norfolk r doing a great job calmly informing people of the possible danger .What a contrast to the complete lack of any warning in 1953 when hundreds died unecessarily through total ignorance of the calamity that was to strike them.Well done local possibly life saving local media.

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    Conal O'Donnell

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • U & BBC R Norfolk r doing a great job calmly informing people of the possible danger .What a contrast to the complete lack of any warning in 1953 when hundreds died unecessarily through total ignorance of the calamity that was to strike them.Well done local possibly life saving local media.

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    Conal O'Donnell

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

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