Severe weather: Updates from the East of England on Friday 6 December

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Last updated 6 December 2013


Morning - Jon and Martin from the BBC News Online team in the East here. We'll have news, travel and weather updates throughout the morning on the effect of the floods and high tides across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.

Were you affected by the conditions? We'd love to hear your stories. Tweet @BBCNorfolk, @BBCSuffolk, @BBCEssex or @BBCLookEast


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.


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."

STANDARD 0630 'People responding well'

Simon Barlow, of the Environment Agency, tells BBC Radio Norfolk that 60 properties across the county have been reported flooded.

Flood water

"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."

STANDARD 0640 'It was terrifying'

David Whiteley, Presenter, BBC Inside Out East

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.

STANDARD 0653 Evacuated in Essex

Thomas Magill, Reporter, BBC Essex

I've been been out through the night in Jaywick in Clacton for BBC Essex.

Rescue centre at Clacton County High

I joined some of the people evacuated from their homes at the rescue centre at Clacton County High School. Hear the latest situation in Essex with Ray Clark and the breakfast team.

STANDARD 0703 Rescues in Suffolk

Suffolk Police report that the county's firefighters rescued 27 people at 18 flood and fire-related incidents during the night.

Firefighter pumps water from a flooded premises

"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."


How were you affected by the floods overnight? What is the scene as you wake up this morning? Email the BBC News Online East team with your pictures and stories or tweet us via @BBCNorfolk, @BBCSuffolk, @BBCEssex or @BBCLookEast


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.