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Flood drama along coast as storm surge hits East Anglia

PUBLISHED: 19:53 04 January 2017 | UPDATED: 22:04 04 January 2017

Big waves crash on the beach in Felistowe.

Big waves crash on the beach in Felistowe.

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Floodwater caused chaos along the coast today as a storm surge brought high tides across the region.

Big waves crash on the beach in FelistoweBig waves crash on the beach in Felistowe

The Environment Agency issued a series of flood alerts in East Anglia, with high water hitting Lowestoft at 1.30pm and then Harwich at 3.38pm.

Powerful waves swept over Gorleston Pier, near Great Yarmouth, this afternoon with the River Yare in Norfolk first to be impacted.

Trains between Norwich and Lowestoft were disrupted between 5pm and 8pm due to river water flooding the railway line at Brundall, according to Abellio Greater Anglia.

There were also reports of large waves crashing onto the shore at Felixstowe and Walton-on-the-Naze, with some residents fearing for their beach huts.

The Strood, between Mersea Island in Essex and the mainland, was submerged during the evening rush-hour, with reports of a number of cars breaking down while trying to get across.

There is still a flood alert in place for the River Waveney in Norfolk.

Meanwhile the Met Office has issued a yellow ice warning for the East of England from 7pm today until around 10am tomorrow, as temperatures are set to plummet.

Weatherquest forecaster Adam Dury said: “Overnight tonight mainly in the west of the region will be the coldest at about -3C (26F) so there is definitely going to be some sort of frost, especially after the rain we have had, it doesn’t seem like it is going to try out that much.

Waves crashing over Gorleston pier. Picture: Liz CoatesWaves crashing over Gorleston pier. Picture: Liz Coates

“Some places in Ipswich and to the east coast might just stay frost free.”

The cool weather is set to continue into the day tomorrow as highs of around 4C (39F) are expected in the west of the county, while the east is set to reach 5C (41F).

But forecasters have also warned of mist and fog creeping in later in the day tomorrow and into the evening.

Mr Dury added: “It might be a bit warmer towards the coast, generally up to 5C tomorrow but perhaps some mist and fog into the evening and potential for some tricky driving conditions.”

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