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Last Updated: Friday November 09 2007 09:43 GMT

Thousands escape UK flood threat

The seafront at Walcott near Great Yarmouth

Thousands of people on the east coast of England are breathing a sigh of relief after a predicted major flood failed to happen.

Hundreds of people spent the night in rescue shelters and emergency services were on alert.

They had been told to leave their homes because huge waves were building in the North Sea, which were expected to be 3m higher than normal.

Dozens of schools and hospitals were closed too in case of flooding.

There were flood warnings in Norfolk, Suffolk and parts of Lincolnshire, Essex, North Yorkshire and Kent.



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