WELLS: Dramatic video - Waves crash through lifeboat station causing thousands of pounds of damage

A flood warden replacing sand bags outside premises on the quay at Wells. Picture: Ian Burt A flood warden replacing sand bags outside premises on the quay at Wells. Picture: Ian Burt

Friday, December 6, 2013
1:48 PM

Waves battered Wells lifeboat station in north Norfolk last night filling the bottom floor and causing thousands of pounds of damage.

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Beach huts were seen floating in the sea and chunks of the Wells coastline have been lost.

Wells lifeboat coxswain Allen Frary opened the doors to the building to allow the sea water in instead of letting it batter at the doors.

This he said kept the team operational during the night.

He said the building, which sits at the end of Beach Road, was “hammered” by the surge – an “exceptional” night for his team.

Businesses along the quayside are today continuing to clear up after the waters swept into their shops.

Many were shovelling water out of their shops and restaurants for four hours during the flood so stop further damage.

And today the damages costs are still being assessed. Chris Brown, from Sands Restaurant and amusement arcade said the flooding through the bottom floor of the games-centre is “devastating”.

All of his 150 machines will need to be replaced – and doesn’t know when he will be able to re-open.

Last night’s five-metre high tide reached the levels of the infamous floods of 1953, but flood wardens said that no-one attended the rescue centre set up at the local high school although some residents left to stay with friends.

The Countess of Leicester, the High Sheriff of Norfolk, even went to offer people at the evacuation centre a place to sleep on the Holkham estate – but there was no one there to take her offer up.

The flood defence wall has now been pulled back, but could be put back tonight if flood danger returns.

The quayside area is without electricity.

Have you got a story about the floods? Email newsdesk@archant.co.uk.

Video update: Tides were higher in some parts of Norfolk than the 1953 floodsVideo and photo gallery update: North Norfolk - Cromer seafront and pier damageNorfolk and Suffolk schools closed because of flooding

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