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SEE VIDEO: Five people rescued from tidal barrage in King’s Lynn, but defences largely stand firm

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Five people were rescued by fire crews in Lynn last night as a record storm surge battered the town’s waterfront.

Four people were taken away from a home on the town’s South Quay at around 7.40pm, a Norfolk Fire and Rescue spokesman said this morning, Friday December 6. However, there were no reports of any injuries.

Shortly afterwards, a woman, a cat and a dog were taken off a boat at Boal Quay. Police said that the woman, who was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for assessment, had been on a barge and was heard to be shouting for help, but had not been in the water at any point.

The Lynn Arts Centre was evacuated at the peak of the surge, during a show by students from the King’s Lynn Academy.

Firefighters were also called to deal with a gas leak at Shepherd’s Port shortly after 10pm, while crews also dealt with flooding problems in King Street, Lynn, Seagate Road in Hunstanton and East Harbour Way in Burnham Overy Staithe.

Environment Agency workers remained on standby in the centre of Lynn ahead of this morning’s high tide at around 8am. It is believed that the water’s peak was around five feet lower than last night.

A spokesman said: “Levels were comparable to 1953 and in King’s Lynn they were the highest we have ever recorded.”

She added staff would remain on standby as the waters recede in order to check the town’s defences, which largely withstood the barrage.

The Purfleet Bridge in Lynn and the river bridge on Lynn Road, St Germans are still closed this morning because of concerns over their safety following last night’s flood. They will be assessed later today.

 

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