Seaside homes in Norfolk evacuated over fears they could fall into the sea

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Homes in Norfolk have been evacuated over fears they could be washed into the sea, repeating devastating scenes of 2013.

Warnings for snow and ice are in place in Hemsby, which means that homes in the area are at risk of coastal erosion.

Norfolk Police said in Saturday evening: “A total of 10 homes at risk from coastal erosion evacuated in Hemsby today in multi-agency response.

“Thanks to local businesses who offered help & support to those affected.

“The Marrams has been closed for the safety of the public and officers will remain on scene overnight.”

HEMSBY, ENGLAND, DECEMBER 06: The scene where properties have fallen into the sea due to the cliff collapsing on December 6, 2013 in Hemsby, England. Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes as a deadly winter storm and the highest tidal surge in 60 years hit east coast towns overnight, causing flooding and damage in many areas. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
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Homes have been evacuated over fears of a repeat of 2013. Pic: December 6, 2013

During a period of bad weather in December 2013, houses in Hemsby, were ripped from the cliff top.

The sea rose to levels even higher than those which caused the devastating floods of 1953, making it the worst tidal surge to hit Britain for more than 60 years.

People’s homes were reduced to rubble as desperate residents tried to salvage their possessions.

HEMSBY, ENGLAND, DECEMBER 06: The scene where properties have fallen into the sea due to the cliff collapsing on December 6, 2013 in Hemsby, England. Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes as a deadly winter storm and the highest tidal surge in 60 years hit east coast towns overnight, causing flooding and damage in many areas. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
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Homes were destroyed in Hemsby. Pic: December 6, 2013

In unseasonably cold weather, the “mini beast from the east” will bring bitter temperatures which will feel as low as minus 10C as the wintry snap grips the UK for a second time.

The Met Office has weather warnings in place for more snow and ice, with some areas likely to see up to 25cm of snow on Sunday.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: A man runs as snow falls in Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park during a weather front that has been dubbed the mini beast from the east on March 17, 2018 in London, England. The Met Office has issued amber weather warnings for the South East of England and the Midlands as cold weather blows in from the east bringing snow, ice and temporary blizzard conditions. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
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The mini beast from the east saw snowfall on 17 March

“It’s going to be a very, very cold start, with a widespread frost and ice around as well,” Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson said.

“And we have plenty of snow showers to start the day. These will be heaviest and most frequent across southwestern areas, so we’re talking parts of Wales and the south west of England in particular.

“Across some southwestern parts the snow will continue throughout the day. We’re looking at some fairly large snowfall totals.”

2018-03-18 03:10:19

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