One Year On From the Tidal Surge
8:13am 5th December 2014
(Updated 8:13am 5th December 2014)
A year ago today, the high tide, driven by high winds threatened to overwhelm West Norfolk, and caused devastation around other parts of the UK.
The Tidal surge destroyed the Hunstanton Sealife Centre, caused damage to Wells seafront, and came within inches of the top of the defences in King's Lynn.
Julie Foley from the Environment Agency says there is now work going on to make sure the flood gates will be able to cope with future flooding events as well:
“It was a 1 in 1000 coastal event that happened here in King’s Lynn last year. The tide came up to 6 metres – that’s never ever happened before. So the fact that our defences prevented inundation of lots of flood water was really good news.
“At the moment we are doing a lot of work to refurbish and replace all the flood gates in King’s Lynn. It’s a really significant project costing £1.2 million. Those 60 flood gates were really essential last year. At the time of the tidal surge if it hadn’t been for those flood gates we wouldn’t have had around 11,000 properties in King’s Lynn so well protected.”
Some of your pictures and memories from last year:
A shark is rescued from the Sealife Centre, ready for transport to another part of the UK.