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Norfolk surge: Prime Minister praises emergency services

  • 18 December 2013
  • From the section Norfolk
David Cameron
David Cameron visited Wells-next-the-Sea following the tidal surge flooding

Prime Minister David Cameron has praised the "amazing" work of Norfolk's emergency services during the floods earlier this month.

Homes were lost in villages including Hemsby and Walcott, and there was also flooding in Wells-next-the Sea.

Henry Bellingham, Conservative MP for North West Norfolk, told MPs that volunteers and emergency personnel prevented more damage being caused.

Mr Cameron visited Norfolk following the tidal surge on 5 December.

"I was very impressed when I went to Wells-next-the-Sea, not only at the amazing contribution that the emergency services have made but also local newspapers in highlighting the issue and helping to prepare people for what was to come," he told the Commons.

He also praised local flood co-ordinators and other volunteers.

"I was particularly impressed by what I saw in terms of what the lifeboats had done because of the enormous wave that swept through their station," he said.

The crew of the town's RNLI lifeboat filmed the moment sea water rushed through their building.

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