16:13 UK time, Thursday, 5 December 2013
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander announces that the whole cost of the A14 upgrade would be picked up by the government following the scrapping of planned tolls.
The tidal surge that hit Suffolk was worse than one that caused fatal floods in 1953, the Environment Agency says.
A man from Lowestoft who admitted raping and sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl he groomed on Facebook is jailed for 10 years.
In Essex in the early hours of Friday, a mother and baby were among those rescued. The pair were caught in the flooding in Brightlingsea shortly before 02:00 and were rescued by a fire crew.
And in Suffolk, shelters were set up around the county for residents expected to be affected by flooding.
The tidal surge in Suffolk was worse than the floods of 1953, the Environment Agency said, but the flood defences largely held up and prevented the carnage seen 60 years ago.
That's it for our tidal floods updates for today. Thanks for all your contributions. There will be more reaction to the floods on BBC Look East from 18:30 and on your BBC Local Radio station in the East throughout the night.
The largest tidal surge in 60 years battered the east coast of England on Thursday and Friday, resulting in flooding in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.
Three properties fell into the sea along with an old lifeboat station in Hembsy, Norfolk, while the Army was called in to help prevent homes and supplies in Great Yarmouth.
There were dramatic scenes in Cromer as the sea battered the pier, with six people requiring help from the emergency services.
Roads around Cley and Blakeney in north Norfolk have been flooded, but that didn't stop local feathered residents from enjoying the winter sunshine.
Marcus Nash said: "These swans were swimming along the A149! In the background is what should be the Cley NWT nature reserve, but this is now completely under water.
"One of the hides on the reserve was washed away and bits of it can now be found several miles east along the coast at Kelling."
In tonight's Look East at 18:30 on BBC One in the East - presenter Stewart White anchors live coverage of the tidal floods emergency from Great Yarmouth.
Stewart takes us through the impact of the tidal surge as it progressed through Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex, interviews the Environment Agency and the Minister for the 999 services and Alex Dolan will have the latest weather forecast for the East region.
Hundreds of photographers have taken the opportunity today to shoot the ferocious tidal conditions around the east coast including these huge waves on the North Denes, Lowestoft, by Mark Dudley.
Thank you for all of the images you've taken, when it was safe to do so, and shared with our live updates and BBC Look East.
The Suffolk Resilience Forum says the recent high tide on the county's coast caused "significantly less damage" than last night's surge.
It also says it expects the next high tide, due to arrive in Lowestoft before midnight, to be "substantially lower" than the previous two, with no risk of flooding.
However, it said a flood warning had been issued for the area of Beccles Quay and Geldeston, both on the River Waveney, affecting about 10 properties.
PC Mark Bryant was on duty in Southwold on Thursday night and was left astounded by people who defied advice to stay away from the seafront.
"We had to drag a photographer off the prom that was laying there with his legs wrapped around a metal railing, photographing the waves going over the top of him," he told BBC Radio Suffolk.
"That is how stupid some people are."
UK Power Networks says it is checking the electrical equipment of about 200 flooded homes in the Lowestoft area.
It says it will take "several days" to carry out the checks and has asked people without power to phone 0800 783 8838.
Hundreds of Horsey seals feared dead after tidal surge hit Norfolk coast, reports the Eastern Daily Press.
A bungalow fell 20 feet down a cliff after a tidal surge hit Hemsby in Norfolk.
Home owner Steven Connelly told BBC News: "People I don't know from all over the village formed a human chain to help get stuff out of my chalet... We don't know if the insurance is going to cover it or not... We don't know where we stand."
Jo Black reports from the Norfolk coast.
I've spent the morning in Cromer. People were watching the waves crashing across the broken sea wall, but there was relief in the town the pier had survived without major structural damage - although much of the its wooden floor has been ripped up by the sea.
Tidal surges started to affect the Suffolk coast late on Thursday afternoon. Beach huts were destroyed in Southwold with homes in Snape flooding as the River Alde burst its banks.
See more of the tidal damage in Suffolk.
A clear-up operation has begun after the biggest storm surge to hit the East Anglian coastline in 60 years.
The BBC News helicopter filmed the destruction left on the Norfolk and Suffolk coasts.
Greater Anglia are reporting there are currently 32 train cancellations on their network.
There will be no services on the following routes until further notice: Norwich to Lowestoft and Ipswich to Lowestoft, via Saxmundham. The Ipswich to Felixstowe train service and Norwich to Great Yarmouth train services are now running normally.
Find the latest updates from BBC Travel.
The thousands of people told to leave homes along the Essex coastline have been told they can return, BBC Essex reports.
Jaywick, Maldon and Mersea Island were the worst affected areas.
UK Power Networks say their engineers "have worked hard throughout the night to restore electricity to the majority of customers whose supplies were affected by yesterday's high winds."
Mike Page took this aerial shot showing the destruction at Hemsby, where seven homes slipped into the sea.
The homes had stood 30ft (9m) above the shore.
The Environment Agency reports that in some places water reached higher than during the East Coast Floods of 1953.
Flood defences in some areas have been overtopped, and some have been damaged and repaired.
The second surge is expected to be 1m (3ft) lower than last night's.
Filmed at Hemsby through the night back this morning. Was with couple as they lost their home. So tragic.
More on this in The One Show tonight at 19:00 on BBC One.
Seven cliff-top homes were washed into the sea as the biggest tidal surge in 60 years hit the Norfolk coast, BBC News online reports.
The properties were destroyed overnight in Hemsby during storms along the east coast of England.
Nick Alston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, was inside the control room at Essex Police last night.
"Lots of fine judgements were being made, and particular attention was paid to ensuring vulnerable people were cared for," he says.
"As the sun rises, we will have a clearer sense of the impact of the floods. We can all be proud of the spirit displayed by the people of Essex and the way in which our county rose to the challenge of coastal flooding."
Former warehouse worker Steven Connelly, 54, and his wife Jackie, 64, managed to rescue their three-month-old kittens Tom and Jerry before their home of seven years in Hemsby, Norfolk was destroyed.
Only the patio doors and a rear window were left standing as the home was torn in two.
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."
Clacton MP Douglas Carswell has praised the Environment Agency for early warnings and keeping the public informed.
"The difference between absolute disaster and people asking 'was that it?' is just a few inches of sea wall," he says.
Floodgates remain closed along Harwich seafront as the clean-up operation begins.
The historic pier remains sealed off today.
Mostly dry but a few stray showers perhaps in western areas. Some sunshine in the east but feeling chilly. Temps 2-6C. There's a possibility of more coastal flooding from further high tides. Tonight will be cloudy, dry and largely frost free. Lows 2C.
I'll have more in BBC Look East on BBC One in the East about 13:45.
Great Yarmouth Borough Council says seven homes have been affected at The Marrams in Hemsby during last night's storm surge.
"Three properties were lost down the cliff edge last night, and the other four properties are seriously undermined," a council spokesman says.
"The scene has been visited this morning by the borough council's building control surveyors, as well as the coastal manager. The council's housing officers are currently on site and will talk to affected families about whether they need temporary accommodation."
Ray Mooney stayed inside his home on the Hemsby coast as waves battered the shoreline.
He said: "I heard a crash and whole back part of the floor caved in. The washing machine, toilet... everything went down."
Suffolk Police tweets: People who evacuated homes prior to flood are advised, as a precaution, not to return home until after high tide this lunchtime. #floodaware
Essex Police say there are no severe flood warnings in place and that everyone should return to their homes.
The Environment Agency has reported that 49,655 properties were protected by the coastal defences, despite this being the biggest test to the coastal walls since 1953.
Sup Trevor Roe said: "On behalf of Essex Police and our partners we would like to thank the public for working with us and for evacuating their properties when asked to. This incident has shown once again that community spirit is at the heart of Essex with everyone pulling together to keep each other safe."
National Rail tweets: Trains are now able to run between Ipswich and Felixstowe and Norwich and Great Yarmouth #UKStorm
Thousands of people spent the night away from their homes as a severe storm battered large parts of the UK.
The BBC's Nick Beake reports from Clacton-on-Sea in Essex.
People are being forced to abandon their homes and businesses in Southwold today due to "rising sea levels", reports the East Anglian Daily Times.
Liz Townson in Great Yarmouth emails: Great Yarmouth foodbank will be open from noon at Gorleston Baptist Church for tins if anyone affected by yesterday's floods heeds help.
Environment Agency says it is sending a helicopter over the flood-hit areas to get an aerial view of the surge's impact and to assess the current state of the region's flood defences.
BBC Look East's Nikki Fox is at Cromer. She says part of the sea wall has gone, the arcade on the promenade has suffered damage and a burger van floated away overnight - now lost at sea.
Jason Holland from Cromer Coastguard told her: "People are putting their lives at risk by trying to get equipment from their beach huts. People should stay away."
The BBC's Tom Barton at West Mersea says the tide came to 6ft (2m) above the normal sea level.
A line of flotsam, including telegraph poles and seaweed, sits about 9ft to the right of Coast Road in Mersea, marking the reach of the water this morning.
A major operation to evacuate the thousands of fish at Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary got under way this morning after power to vital life support systems was lost during last night's severe flooding.
Special transport vehicles with their own life support were sent from Sea Life's Dorset headquarters to provide emergency back-up, and the operation to remove the fish and take them to quarantine facilities in Weymouth, Dorset has now begun.
@EssexPoliceUK tweets: #FloodAdvice No further evacuations planned. All people evacuated last night can now safely return home. Thanks again for your support.
For more pictures of the scene in Hemsby, where five homes have been lost to the sea, see the gallery on BBC Radio Norfolk's Facebook page.
@FloodAlerts tweets: 34 SEVERE Warnings active with Rain spreading eastwards over the UK over the course of today #Floodaware pic.twitter.com/eTzvf7UWhx
Here's another picture from Damian Keene, taken at Snape this morning.
Damian says: "The river level has dropped, but water is trapped on the marshes behind the river wall. The road between the Maltings and Snape village is impassable and will probably remain so until that water drains away."
Norfolk Police tweets: Residents urged to stay #floodaware following warnings that the danger is not yet over with a risk of further flooding today -...
@FirstNorfSuff tweets: Depot have informed us that LOWESTOFT BRIDGE has REOPENED. Service X2 getting back to normal. Expect a few delays
UK Power Networks reports: "The electricity network in the East of England remains undamaged by flood waters and we are working hard to begin restoring power to anyone whose homes have been flooded.
"Where there are pockets of individual homes without power because they have been flooded, our engineers will switch the mains supply on again as soon as it's safely possible but this could take some time as the water needs to recede first. Some homes may be part of the affected area even if they are not directly flooded."
Andrew Turner, BBC Radio Norfolk reporter, has sent another dramatic picture from Hemsby, where five homes have been lost to the sea.
We'll have reaction from some of the people affected there later.
Vikki Tinsley from the Befriending Scheme emailed to say the Hub Group based in the Salvation Army Hall (10am to 2pm) on the corner of Beach Road, Lowestoft, is closed today due to the bad weather.
BBC Radio Norfolk's Andrew Turner is at Hemsby where five homes have been lost to the sea.
Some homes are hanging literally over the cliff edge.
Norfolk County Council are now reporting there are 23 schools closed in the county.
Essex Police report: "The flood situation in Essex has now been downgraded from severe flood warning to a flood warning.
"There is still some risk to properties but the high tides have passed and whilst the full picture will not be known for some time, it appears that the county has fortunately not seen the same conditions as other parts of the country."
We'd love to see your pictures or video of the tidal floods where you live. Email us or tweet @BBCLookEast.
Get today's high tide times for around the East Coast from BBC Weather.
The Environment Agency tweets: We are expecting another high tide through this morning and into this afternoon, please remain vigilant #floodaware
Essex Police say most people evacuated from their homes have now left rescue centres.
"There is still some risk to properties but the high tides have passed and whilst the full picture will not be known for some time, it appears that the county has fortunately not seen the same conditions as other parts of the country," said a spokesman.
Norfolk County Council reports that 20 schools in the county will be closed today, either due to adverse weather conditions or because they are being used as emergency rest centres.
Four schools in Suffolk will be closed today, Suffolk County Council reports.
"The ambulance service committed additional resources to helping move vulnerable service users to safety out of the flood risk areas," said a police spokesman.
"In addition resources were strategically placed to ensure that calls for service across the county could be addressed."
I watched one house washed away and another badly damaged by the storm surge as I was filming for The One Show at Hemsby overnight.
While we were there, the kitchen of one of the houses just disappeared over the side. Thankfully the owners had been with us, filming a fundraising event at the local pub.
They were devastated. The house next to us was washed away like a toy. It was actually terrifying.
"At the moment things are looking as though people responded well. The number of properties flooding is relatively low," he said.
"We haven't heard reports of anything major occurring. It seems as though all our plans have come into effect and people are responding well."
Greater Anglia also tell us there will be no services on the following routes until 10:00: Ipswich to Felixstowe, Norwich to Great Yarmouth and Norwich to Lowestoft.
On their website they say "Due to the earlier overhead wire damage between Colchester and Clacton and between Norwich and Colchester, we have been unable to return the usual number of trains to depots.
"This means that there will be a reduced service running on the Norwich to Ipswich and Liverpool Street, Clacton on Sea and Walton on the Naze to Colchester/London, Harwich Town to Manningtree and Marks Tey to Sudbury routes on Friday morning."
Greater Anglia report that due to the poor weather conditions train services running across the whole Greater Anglia network may be cancelled, delayed or revised at short notice.
Disruption is expected until early afternoon, there are currently 60 train cancellations.
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