West Norfolk Update: Clean up continues along the coast as sanctuary finishes evacuation

The aftermath of the flood at Burnham Deepdale. The aftermath of the flood at Burnham Deepdale.

Saturday, December 7, 2013
12:20 PM

People along the West Norfolk coast are beginning to repair the damage caused by this weeks flooding.

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With tides and winds having now receded it is a case of counting the cost and limiting the damage.

In Brancaster damage has been done to the marsh footpath while a number of boats have been washed away.

There are large areas of damage along the sea wall at Burnham Deepdale where the tides has cut away chunks of earth.

Brancaster Staithe Sailing Club’s clubhouse has suffered structural damage as well as water damage.

Around 30 club members were at the site today to start the clean up and assess the extent of the flood damage.

Yesterday Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary was forced to evacuate its animals after power was lost during the flooding.

The last of the 3,000-plus fish and other creatures were evacuated today.

The majority, including sharks, penguins and a green sea turtle, were safely removed yesterday with staff working from early in the morning.

Some have been settled at Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre while others were taken to quarantine facilities in Weymouth, Dorset.

Sea Life staff arrived from as far afield as Blackpool and Alton Towers to help out.

Sea Life’s head marine biologist Rob Hicks said: “In spite of our best efforts we were unable to save around a dozen fish.

“They were the older and weaker individuals, including three mackerel and three pacu.

“We regret every loss of course, but to lose so few in such circumstances as we have faced in the last 48 hours, is testament to the Herculean efforts of everybody involved.”

The Sanctuary suffered extensive flood damage and is still without power.

A full estimate of the extent of the damage is to be carried out over the next few days.

Do you live on the West Norfolk coast? Have you witnessed any damage to property? Contact reporter Doug Faulkner at doug.faulkner@archant.co.uk

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