Some businesses along Lynn’s water front are closed today as the massive clear-up operation is launched.
Environment Agency officers are currently working to remove the deluge of sludge and reeds covering the South Quay which is also an issue faced by a number of traders in the area.
The Bank House is open as normal despite the cellar being flooded while Marriott’s Warehouse, Riverside Restaurant and The Ouse are all closed.
Michael Baldwin, the general manager of the Bank House, said the restaurant was evacuated by police at about 7.20pm last night (Thursday, December 5) but re-opened as normal this morning.
Staff were forced to move hundreds of bottles of wine from the cellar as the water started to seep in. Guests were able to return to the hotel later.
Workers also came to the rescue of a number of nearby residents, who did not have electricity, by filling up hot water bottles and flasks.
Mr Baldwin said: “The flood defences worked as they should. We didn’t have too much of an issue but the water did come in.
“We had Christmas parties booked for last night and unfortunately we had to cancel them at the last minute.
“I think the authorities did an amazing job last night.”
Malcolm Catlin, who runs the Marriott’s Warehouse restaurant with Andrew Hornigold, found the ground floor covered with sludge and the cellar full to the ceiling with water when he was allowed back into the building this morning.
The restaurant closed at 4pm yesterday.
Mr Catlin said: “It is a sorry sight. It smells horribly damp but doesn’t look like it has affected the furniture.
“We had no electricity so we will have lost all of the food. Our insurance company has been really good.”
Riverside Restaurant, in King’s Street, is currently closed for a clean-up operation but Crofters Coffee House is running as normal.
Water seeped into the ground floor and reached a depth of 6ft in the restaurant’s cellar.
Owner Pat Isabill said she was waiting for the arrival of a fire brigade structural engineer after the sea wall, which is part of the building, was breached last night.
She said: “We don’t know when we are going to open.
“I was here last night and could see the water rising but you know there was nothing you could do.
“We had the firemen here from 10pm to 6.30am today. There were three different crews and they did a brilliant job.”
Hanse House owner Jamie Lee said he had a lucky escape as water covered the car park but did not make it into the building.
He said: “It was very close. The water rose to within an inch of the wall.”