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Thursday, December 5, 2013
These photos show the dramatic ‘walls of water’ that hit the East Anglian coast back in November 2007 - when thousands were evacuated from their homes over fears of mass flooding and destruction.
Severe flood alerts were put in place in the days leading up to Friday, November 9, and it was feared there could be a repeat of the 1953 disaster.
At 7.15am, 90 minutes before the peak of the high tide at Lowestoft, the level of Lake Lothing under the Bascule Bridge swelled towards the top of the quay wall.
But as high tide came, the defences stood their ground and held back the flood waters.
Throughout the morning, as surge passed south along the coast and the threat subsided, the thousands who had been evacuated were allowed to return to their homes.
There were no major breaches of the sea defences despite the fact the waters were nearly 8in (20cm) lower than originally feared.
At the time, environment secretary Hilary Benn said it had been a “close run thing” but that the worst was now over.
Today Suffolk is once again preparing for the threat of a major storm surge, with 24 severe flood alerts in place across East Anglia.
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