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Arrow Right UK Village Falls into Sea After Huge Storm

The village that fell into the sea: Aerial images reveal shocking scale of damage after beach-side homes were destroyed by Britain's worst storm surge for SIXTY years

  • Beach-side houses and a lifeboat hut in Hemsby, Norfolk, swept into sea along with a popular cafe at Caister-on-Sea
  • Local authorities in Norfolk have said there was a risk of further flooding, particularly in Hunstanton area
  • Police warn of the danger of flood 'sightseeing' after people seen watching drama with children on their shoulders
By Daily Mail UK, 6 December 2013


Devastated residents watched their cliff-top homes disappear into the sea when last night's tidal surge hit the east coast of Britain.
Seven bungalows fell into the water in Hemsby, Norfolk, as the high tide eroded the cliff below. Now aerial footage of the scene has revealed the devastating impact of the surge on the already eroded coastline.

Floods waters are reported to be receding after the North Sea surge hit the north Norfolk coast early yesterday evening and headed south throughout the night.

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

The fierce Atlantic storm - which has already claimed two lives - caused widespread disruption yesterday, but some agencies this morning said that the expected flooding overnight was less severe than expected.




Seven beach-side houses have fallen into the water in Hemsby, Norfolk, as the high tide eroded the cliff below




The homes were dragged towards the sea after the cliffs were eroded away by the high waves




Beachside homes and a lifeboat hut on the coast at Hemsby, near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, were swept away following the storm along with a beachside cafe at Caister-on-Sea




Dozens of residents formed a human chain to help salvage the possessions of those affected following the storms which started on Thursday evening


Former warehouse man Steven Connolly, 54, and his wife Jackie, 64, managed to rescue their three-month-old kittens Tom and Jerry before their home in Hemsby of seven years was destroyed.
Only the patio doors and a rear window were left standing as the home was torn in two.
Dozens of residents formed a human chain to help salvage the possessions of those affected.
Mr Connolly, who bought the two bedroom bungalow for £59,000, said: 'We were in the pub when we heard the cliff was going so rushed to get what we could out.


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'People we've never even met were helping out, it was amazing.
'Suddenly we heard a shout "it's going, it's going" and we watched our kitchen get ripped apart. The whole house collapsed before our eyes.
'We're devastated at what we've lost but at least me, Jackie and the kittens are safe.'
The couple are being put up along with other residents at a nearby holiday park but it is unclear where they will live in the long term.


AERIAL FOOTAGE: Devastation caused by massive tidal surge



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The homes fell into the sea after the cliffs collapsed during the storm which battered the east coast of Britain during the night




At least 20 schools were closed today in north Norfolk and the Yarmouth area while four were shut in Lowestoft, Suffolk, as local rail services were also devastated





The fierce Atlantic storm - which has already claimed two lives - caused widespread disruption yesterday, but some agencies this morning said that the expected flooding overnight was less severe than expected


'Once the surge is over, they're going to sweep the beach and we may be able to recover some of our possessions from a skip,' Mr Connolly added.
'When we bought the bungalow there was about seven feet separated us and the sea. We always knew it might be hit by erosion but never thought it could happen so suddenly. We can't even begin to think about what happens next.'
The house began to tip into the sea at 8pm last night, Mr Connelly said, and by 3am it was gone.

Mr Connelly said: ‘It just happened so fast yesterday. One minute it was safe and the next minute it was gone. We are basically homeless.'

He added: ‘I’ve read the insurance policy and we’re not covered for coastal erosion.’

He said that it was not raining but very windy with high seas and strong tidal currents at the time of the collapse.

Homeowner thankful for help as house fell into sea


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Owner Steve Connelly assesses what is left of his home after it fell into the North Sea during the storms last night




Robin Adams inspects the remains of his three bedroom bungalow which had fallen into the sea last night. The whole property and it's contents have been washed away




Local authorities in Norfolk said there was a risk of further flooding, especially in the Hunstanton area where some of the shingle bank has been swept away


‘The people who own the beach should have done something to protect it earlier', he said.
The beach-side houses were swept away following the storm along with a lifeboat hut, also in Hemsby, and a beachside cafe at Caister-on-Sea.
Local authorities in Norfolk said there was a risk of further flooding, especially in the Hunstanton area where some of the shingle bank has been swept away.

Speaking from Caister High School rest centre David Ashworth, area manager for Norfolk Fire and Rescue, said: 'Things seems to have calmed down along the coast although there has been some damage to properties, such as the old lifeboat shed and homes in Hemsby.
'We haven't had any reports of injuries, but obviously more info will come to light through the morning. The next high tide due in Yarmouth at 10.45am.
'There will be a strategic coordinating group which will be sitting down at 7am. They'll be given a briefing from EA and that will inform the local technical coordinator about what we do next.'




An aerial view of Hemsby, Norfolk, before the beach-side homes were destroyed in the storm




Steve Connelly looks at the remains of his home after it fell into the sea during a storm surge in Hemsby





Devastated residents watched their cliff-top homes disappear into the sea as last night's tidal surge hit the east coast of Britain




Residents of Hemsby, Norfolk, tried their best to create their own sea defence out of cages and rocks to protect their homes from flooding before the storm hit


At least 20 schools were closed today in north Norfolk and the Yarmouth area while four were shut in Lowestoft, Suffolk, as local rail services were also devastated.
Police meanwhile have warned the public of the danger of flood 'sightseeing' after people were seen running into the tide and watching the drama with children on their shoulders.
Forces issued the warning after reports of crowds gathering to watch last night's tidal surge which hit communities along the east of Britain.
A spokesman for Norfolk Police said sightseers placed themselves at 'significant risk' in Great Yarmouth.

He said: 'In the Gorleston area, from Riverside Road to the Ocean Rooms, and on to the beach and amusements, large crowds - including people with small children on their shoulders - are gathering very close to the seafront.
'There are serious concerns for their safety and police officers will be visiting this area to urge these groups away from danger.'




Police officers secure the beach where houses have fallen into the sea due to the cliff collapsing




Police have cordoned off one of the bungalows which has fallen into the sea after cliffs at Hemsby collapsed





A building has almost completely disappeared after it was swept into the sea during the storm surge


Chief Inspector Kate Thacker said: 'Some of these people have no concept of the danger they are putting themselves in and we are urging pedestrians to keep away from the flood water and sea front and for traffic to avoid the town centre.'
Concerns were raised following reports of people at Cleethorpes running into the tide and standing near the sea to see what was happening.
Humberside Police said: 'The consequences of this are severe and the force of the tide and the wind could take those people away, with nothing anyone can do to stop it.'
Essex Police also urged the public to stay away from affected areas.
'Police are receiving information that people are going to the area to watch the flooding,' a spokeswoman said.




Former warehouse man Steven Connolly and his wife Jackie managed to rescue their three-month-old kittens Tom and Jerry before their home of seven years was destroyed




A total of seven bungalows, a lifeboat hut and a cafe fell into the sea in Norfolk during the tidal surge which hit Britain's east coast


'The high seas and rising water is unpredictable and the emergency services do not want to have to rescue people who have put themselves in potentially dangerous situations.'
The Fire Brigades Union said the chaos caused by the winds and floods showed there should be an immediate end to cuts in the fire and rescue service.

General secretary Matt Wrack said: 'Firefighters have done a magnificent job over past 24 hours as they responded to flood and storm incidents across many parts of the country, rescuing and evacuating large numbers of people, saving lives and preventing further risk.

'In many cases they travelled long distances across the country to provide support where it was most needed. This is not just a local response but the Government has so far ignored our call for proper national planning for such risks.





Owners of the homes are now unsure where they will live long term after their properties were badly damaged by the storms






Mr Connelly said he had read the insurance policy for the house and they were not covered for coastal erosion

'It is a travesty that many of the crews, fire stations and special appliances involved in last night's rescues are under threat from Government expenditure cuts.

'Last night demonstrated the need to maintain and improve our ability to make sure the public is as safe as we can make them in the event of emergencies. Cuts in the fire and rescue service amount to national vandalism, not financial prudence.

'It is almost incredible that many of the appliances and crews which responded yesterday are themselves being considered for the axe. We have already seen the loss of 3,600 firefighter jobs since the 2010 general election. If the planned cuts continue the firefighters will be less and less able to safely and professionally respond to challenges like the storms and floods.'




Agencies are continuing to assess the impact the flood waters have had on homes, businesses and flood defences as they prepare for the risk of further flooding today. Pictured is The Quay car park, at Morston, on the north Norfolk coast





Workers assess the damage caused by the sea to Scarborough Foreshore, at North Bay, in Scarborough






Cromer Pier, in Norfolk, has been closed to the public because of storm damage after the worst tidal surge for more than 60 years hit coastal towns along the east coast of Britain




The properties and a lifeboat hut at Hemsby, near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, were swept away following the storm and a beachside cafe at Caister-on-Sea. Local authorities in Norfolk said there was a risk of further flooding, especially in the Hunstanton area where some of the shingle bank has been swept away.
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