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Flood teamwork tribute from chief
Damage to Cromer after tidal surge
Damage to Cromer seafront after tidal surge
Tribute has been paid by Norfolk's Chief Constable to the "teamwork and co-ordination" from all involved in the flood threat from the North Sea surge.

Ian McPherson said: "The county's plans to deal with a major flood alert were successfully carried out.

"This was a team effort in every sense of the word. No doubt there will be a few lessons to be learned but, overall, this was a success.

"I am sure Norfolk people would want to join me in expressing appreciation."

Following the Environment Agency's flood alert warnings, more than 7,500 homes were called on by police officers, community officers and special constables, supported by officers from Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Essex and the Metropolitan Police.

Engineers need to make sure the rail line is safe for trains
Kate Snowden

About 1,050 people were housed in evacuation centres and hundreds of residents moved to alternative accommodation.

Fire and rescue teams were involved in six rescues from flooded homes in Walcott and 20 water rescue teams were on standby by from Norfolk, Devon, Merseyside and Staffordshire.

Two high volume pumps helped to protect Great Yarmouth power station, 45,000 sandbags were made available and an additional 200 police officers and staff were on duty at any one time.

However, engineers were still assessing the damage caused by flooding to the rail line between Lowestoft and Norwich on Saturday

Four hundred metres of track were inundated when the River Waveney overflowed at Haddiscoe.

Safe sandbag disposal

Kate Snowden, from Network Rail, said engineers needed to make sure the line was safe for trains.

The main A143 road through the village linking Beccles and Great Yarmouth is also closed to traffic because of flooding and this is also affecting bus services.

Promenades at Cromer and Sheringham have been closed. Beach huts and chalets were badly damaged, railings were bent and chunks of concrete torn from sea walls.

Decking was ripped up on Cromer pier and the remembrance event in the Pavilion Theatre has been switched to St. Peter's Church in Sheringham.

An investigation may also to be carried out into the closure of schools in Suffolk after television pictures showed many youngsters standing at danger points on the seafront.

Chief Superintendent Mark Cordell, from Suffolk Police, said he thinks this will be investigated.

Local councils have also advised that disposal of sandbags must be done careful to avoid blocking drainage systems and causing worst floods in the future.

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