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Police and council chiefs have praised the officers, workers and volunteers who took part in last night’s flood operation.

Lynn Police Station’s Insp Dave Buckley and Ray Harding, chief-executive of West Norfolk Council, say everything went to plan last night (Thursday, December 6).

Nine people received help from the rest centre which was set up at Hunstanton Community Centre, where they received warm drinks but did not need to stay the night.

A total of 30 full-time officers, supported by 16 special constables, manned road blocks in affected areas, distributed leaflets and helped to rescue people along with managing the usual 999 calls.

People in the surrounding communities also rallied around to supply officers with warm drinks and even places to warm up during the long cold night.

Insp Buckley, who has also praised the public for their co-operation but said there was a small number of people who refused to leave their homes, said: “We were quick on the planning, the Environment Agency were very accurate and kept us regularly updated. There are a group of agencies locally who are used to working together and compiled a good plan.

“When it came to 5pm to 6pm yesterday, we were in good shape and we knew what we were doing and had people on the ground.

“All of the emergency services and staff from other authorities were on the ground in areas that were dangerous.

“Everyone worked will in difficult conditions.

“But what was successful was the flood defences which have been invested in for the town.”

Mr Harding said the operation had gone better than expected with scores of workers, from the street team to emergency planners, were out last night and this morning.

He said: “The room last night was buzzing with people from different agencies. Everyone knew what they were doing and what they were supposed to do.”

Police, council staff and other agencies regularly practice the emergency plan throughout the year.

Council leader Nick Daubney said: “This kind of method of working with joined up thinking between the police, council and Environment Agency worked well and I congratulate everyone involved.

A lot of people worked fairly hard in miserable conditions.”

 

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