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Floodwater recedes following storms


By Paul McGurk

Floodwaters are receding after the worst tidal surge to hit Britain's east coast for 60 years.

Thousands of homes were evacuated and people spent the night in temporary accommodation as officials warned lives may be at risk.

The surge from the North Sea hit Norfolk before travelling south throughout the night.

Storm claims lives

The storm has already claimed two lives and caused widespread disruption, but some agencies said the flooding was less severe than had been expected.

Across the country more than 100,000 homes were affected by the storm, with power lines hit by winds of as much as 140mph.

Northern Power Grid said 20,000 properties were affected in the North East, Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

Essex Police said alerts had dropped to a flood warning, rather than a severe flood warning, while Northumbria Police said that tidal surges had lessened within their jurisdiction.

Armed forces helping emergency services

Armed forces members from Colchester Garrison helped the emergency services through the night, while most people evacuated from their homes have now left rest centres.

Officials had warned that as many as 10,000 homes could be evacuated amid fears that lives were at risk.

More than 250 people in Boston, Lincolnshire, were taken to evacuation centres, while 200 were taken to a centre in Clacton-on-Sea in Essex.

Several North Sea oil platforms were also cleared, according to the BBC.

Homes in Norfolk evacuated

Norfolk saw 9,000 homes evacuated, mostly in Great Yarmouth, thanks to coastal surge.

A total of 45 severe flood warnings were issued for coastal regions of East Anglia, the North Sea and the south-east of England as storms struck the UK.

Two people were killed - one man dying after he was hit by a falling tree in Retford, Nottinghamshire, and a lorry driver died when his HGV toppled onto cars in West Lothian.

Winds of 140mph hit powerlines, knocking out electricity in 20,000 homes and businesses in Yorkshire, the North East and North Lincolnshire.

Three people were feared to have fallen into the Humber close to Flixborough.

There were also reports of people running into the surging tides, prompting a warning for people not to risk their lives.

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