UK tidal surge: As it happened

Key points

  • A tidal surge has hit coastal towns on the east of Britain after thousands of people were evacuated from their homes
  • Environment Secretary Owen Paterson says people living there should put off returning home
  • Two people who died in the storm have been named by police
  • Eight severe flood warnings - indicating risk to life - remain in place
  • Seven cliff-top homes collapsed in Hemsby, Norfolk, and a lifeboat station washed into the sea
  • Further high tides are predicted for later on Friday

Live text


  • Sarah Bell 
  • Paul Gribben 
  • Sian Richards 
  • Gerry Holt 

Last updated 6 December 2013


Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the tidal surge which hit the east of Britain overnight.


Flood waters have been reported to be receding but there will be further high tides later on Friday.


Rescue workers in Great Yarmouth

Rescue workers check vehicles in a flooded car wash during the storm surge in Great Yarmouth.


On Thursday, the tidal surge barrier in Hull was lowered to protect the city from water and police used loud hailers to warn people to leave the Victoria Dock area. There is now some concern further along the River Ouse at Reedness. East Riding Council says it is making arrangements for transport to be on standby in the village, with residents advised to consider evacuation ahead of high tide due around 09:00 GMT.

TWEET 0625

Environment Agency Anglian

tweets: We are expecting another high tide through this morning and into this afternoon, please remain vigilant #floodaware

TWEET 0627

Environment Agency Yorkshire & North East tweets: We will be in #Reedness from 7am inspecting the flood defences and monitoring the situation ahead of this morning's high tide.


The Environment Agency says the first surge has been receding since 03:00 GMT. In some places it was higher than 1953.

It said there has been "overtopping of flood defences" in some areas with defences being damaged and repaired.


BBC Weather

tweets: 45 Severe Flood Warnings currently, but number expected to rise again in next few hours with next North Sea high tide. #storm #flood SusanP