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the oppression of one by another. The sun shall never set on so


glorious a human achievement. Good evening and welcome to BBC Look


North, live tonight from the banks of the Humber. Here on Hessle


Foreshore are just some of the homes and businesses still clearing up


after the flood. The headlines tonight. From the air it's clear to


see the damage caused by the biggest tidal surge for more than 60 years.


In Boston, sea defences were breached flooding the town centre


and forcing 200 people to leave their homes. Totally unprecedented.


I have lived in Boston for years and I have never seen the river as high


as it is now. In Hull, parts of the city centre were turned into a sea


water lake leaving businesses to pick up the pieces. The sea defences


protected us from the worst, but already tonight questions are being


asked ` were we well enough prepared? No sandbags at all. I rang


the council at 4pm, no reply. Nobody knows what to do. No warning. I will


be looking at the science behind what it our region and whether it


followed the pattern is predicted. We still have the risk of some


flooding in coastal areas this evening, but the weather will be


much more settled. Tonight homes and businesses across


East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are struggling to get back to normal


after being hit by the biggest tidal surge for 60 years. Hundreds of


people were forced from their homes including several here on Hessle


Foreshore. These pictures from this morning show the spot where I'm


actually standing now. You can see just how much water there was on the


road. This was the scene last night as rescue workers tried to help the


people living here in the houses that overlook the Humber. Well, in


Hull parts of the city centre this morning looked like a lake as sea


water from the Humber flooded into the streets. The main A63 road was


closed until lunchtime and all this is a city where the memory of the


floods in 2007 are still raw. With more here's our correspondent Paul


Murphy. Everyone's desirable Hessle called


the slack. Chewed up and spat out by the Humber. It is much brown now,


there was no warning here. There was no warning given to residents. All


of a sudden, a man came streaming down from Humber Whiskey and said,


get out. The speed and ferocity of the tidal surge took everyone by


surprise. We were rescuing people from cars.


There were 300 cars floating around. Many businesses in Hull were hoping


for Christmas shoppers, instead, the court sea water. It is normally the


busiest time of the year for us. In Bridlington, even those accustomed


to the sea were shocked. See defences were over tops, but most


homes escape the water. We are hoping that somebody up there likes


us. Then came the now being loss of all power and light in Hull city


centre. The lights went out and we could not close the shop, so we had


to wait around and by the time we were able to leave, the water was


coming up. It came earlier than we expected and before high tide, we


had lots of areas of the city breached. With the sea came fish.


The Watergate into the hotel, came down the corridor, came into the


room is. The road and rail disruption in and out of Hull


continued through the morning. The damage to her, even to a sailing


club, will run into millions. But it was not a catastrophe. The city's


tidal surge barrier did its job. Paul Clark lives in one of the


houses behind me. What was it like this time last night? We were in


three feet of water. What happened to the properties here? The water


rushed up the building. We had about two minutes notice when I spotted


the water coming onto the road. We quickly got oceans and towels and


blankets and push them at the doors. Our neighbours rallied together and


we put one person up overnight. Did you panic? No, but we were in shock.


Have some people had to move out and how long for? All the people on the


bottom have had to move out, so that is half of the residents. They will


probably be gone for six months. And you have lost your car? I looked


out of the window at about 8:30pm and my car was floating around in


the car back with the other cars. That is horrific. Honestly, there


was so much water. It is a right of. The insurance company rang me this


morning and said my car would be written off, because it has been


flooded. They cannot clean it. Thank you for coming out and talking to us


tonight. I'm joined now by Nigel Leighton from East Riding of


Yorkshire Council. Are you satisfied you did everything you could to


protect people 's homes last night? A lot of preparation was put in


place during the course of the day, working along side colleagues in the


fire service and the police service. People have said they did not get


enough whining. The forecast we were working to suggest it the majority


of the problems would be on the South bank and as such, we had to


prepare ourselves. You saying you got the wrong information? No, I am


seeing the extent of the surge in particular locations was impossible


to predict. Many people in Bridlington had their property


damaged on the seafront under warranty to know what you can do to


help. We're now moving into phase. We're not just talking about one


community, there are several. We have several areas to help, as


system in the recovery phase. And sandbags? I have had so many


messages. Beware prepared with sandbags on our vehicles ready to go


to any location. I am not aware of any complaints. We had lots of


compliments about the speed of our reaction, given that we did not know


where to go at first. Thank you very much. We would like to hear from you


if you want to get in touch with your


I look forward to hearing from you as always.


The Isle of Axeholme may be more than forty miles from the sea, but


it's sandwiched between the Humber, the Ouse and the Trent. Last night


those living there felt the force of water from all three. Small village


communities that worked together to help one another. Simon Spark has


their story. This expands of water in the winter


and should be farmland, and it is what these horses were grazing on


until the storm surge hit. This morning, after being stranded or


might, the rescue attempt began. It took these RSPCA officers hours to


coax them to safety. Farmers battled for hours are trying to save their


stock. You go in and do your best. It was horrendous. Fears of another


high tide and another flooding prompted police to knock on the


doors of those most at risk. I don't want to go, but my wife wants to


go, and it will keep my children happy. Have you slept? No, I have


been up all night and I am absolutely shattered. Buses were on


stand`by and this was a. Because of the tide had damaged the bank,


flooding the houses with immense speed. There is an 8`point gap on


the other side of the walls with it is coming under the concrete. This


morning, we are expecting the same again. Environment Agency teams


built a sand bag barrier, but it was not required. In Scunthorpe, people


sought shelter for the second time. We got evacuated by the police at


6:30am. This was a nightmare for landlords, for drivers stuck on


country roads and four people temporarily seeking shelter


elsewhere. It may have been a sleepless night, but it was one of


everybody helped each other. In Boston, hundreds of people have been


returning to their homes to start the clean up after water surged into


the town. Around 200 people spent last night


in emergency accommodation and the iconic Boston stump suffered


significant damage. Jake Zuckerman reports.


As the sun rose over Boston Stump, police and residents watched every


level is nervously. High tide passed without further flooding, but for


those already affected, the clean`up got underway. Last night was


terrible. In ten minutes, our house was full of water. Dirty water.


Everything was swimming. This was the scene in Boston last night as


the six foot surge topped the town's defences. In total, at around


200 properties were flooded. We tried to get sandbags, there were


none at all. I rang the council at four o'clock, no reply. Nobody knows


what to do. Disaster. This is totally unprecedented. I have lived


in Boston for over 20 years and I have never seen the river as high as


it is now. Water came in through the west door


by the river. Up to about a foot deep. It went out again as quickly


as it came in. Our problem is our centres, where our borders are, I


have water, so that is a great tool of damage underneath the building.


Here there are marks which shall levels of high water during previous


clubs. The water level last night was the highest they have ever seen


at this point. The other night, emergency services and planners


coordinated the response from the command centre in Lincoln. We have


been rehearsing for these incidents since the 2007 floods. This is a


well rehearsed operation and as far as we can tell, we will do a


structured debrief later, but we have done what we rehearsed to do.


More than 200 people were evacuated from their homes and spent the night


at the barracks in Grantham. I wanted to cry at one point, because


I was so scared and I didn't know what to do with the dogs. As


floodwaters receded, streets of Boston were left strewn with rubbish


and mud. Residents must now clean`up after the worst flooding in 60


years. Jake is live in Boston tonight.


People are heading back to their homes tonight and starting to clear


up, what's the feeling in the town tonight?


It is quite a contrast here between the Christmas lights above me and on


the ground. The people here who are coming now to clear up. The speed


and ferocity of the floodwater took some by surprise, but many people


will feel it could have been much worse. 200 homes were flooded, but


the experts say if the water had been just four inches higher, there


would have been multiple features in the town's flood defences and that


would have been far more serious. Earlier today, I spoke to the local


MP. He told me this shows how vitally important plans for a new


flood barrier for the town are. It says he will be lobbying hard and


working to make sure that goes ahead as soon as possible.


Thank you very much. We say good evening to those rescued last night.


People here have had to move out and they will be out for six months.


Amazing night. We have more to come. Still ahead tonight. The science


behind what caused the biggest tidal surge for 60 years. And how your


pictures told the story of how the floods hit East Yorkshire and


Lincolnshire You've been sending your photos of the scene Ross


Coupland was in Boston last night as the water flooded into Skirbeck Road


he sent these pictures before it became impassable and the road


remains closed this evening This morning Lee Beel in South Ferriby


took this picture of the damage and standing water.


The road remains closed this evening. This morning Lee Beel in


South Ferriby took this picture of the damage and standing water. Dave


Lascelles in Mablethorpe sent this of the central promenade covered in


debris. And this shot of the closed A63 in Hull came from Paul Noble.


Really strange this morning wondering around hearing of the


silence. It is normally very noisy. Let's get the weather forecast.


Check the Environment Agency website for specific details. This weekend,


the weather should improve. Largely tried with sunny spells. `` largely


dry`mac. This evening, and outbreaks of rain


and there could be sweet and wet snow, mainly over the hills. That is


going to give us a risk of icy stretches. Tomorrow morning, the sun


will rise just after 8am. Watch out for PC stretches.


Temperatures will rise through the day. Decent spells of sunshine


across Lincolnshire, just the risk of the occasional shower.


Temperatures improving. The breeze is fairly moderate from the


south`west. High pressure continues to dominate. Temperatures rising to


11 degrees on Sunday. It will be breezy, but mostly dry`mac.


This tree was uprooted and there is rubbish everywhere. A lot of people


in these houses have had to move out. The tidal surge which swept


down the east coast was the biggest for 60 years, bigger than the one in


1953 that killed more than 300 people. So what caused the rise in


sea level that damaged homes and property across East Yorkshire and


Lincolnshire? Caroline Bilton reports.


It had all the ingredients of a perfect storm, low pressure, strong


winds and high spring tides. East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire was put


on high alert. I would urge everybody to pay close attention to


the advice and warnings from the Environment Agency. Although it is


of no comfort to those whose homes and businesses have been flooded, it


could have been a lot worse. Hull's tidal barrier did its job and it


protected homes and businesses from flooding. Some places we thought


would be hit badly seemed to speak the worst. So what happened here and


what was it `` was at the same as the predicted? Had we had an


easterly or north`easterly gale, that would've made it considerably


worse. What is needed for a perfect storm. He needs a strong wind


blowing in a straight line across the North Sea. That pushes a lot of


water in the direction of the southern portion of the North Sea


and creates this branch of water. That is the storm surge. At exactly


that time, very high spring tides need to power. It is also our


geography that conspired against us. If you look at the North Sea, it is


like a final shape and there is water that comes into a financially.


We are just in the wrong place. Not only do we have this in the shape of


the North Sea, we have the Vichy of the Humber. In the storm in 1953,


hundreds of people were killed. It is a sobering thought that what


happened yesterday was worse, but this time we were prepared. Well, as


we've just seen in Caroline Bilton's report as events unfolded last night


concern quickly shifted from the coast to towns and villages


alongside tidal rivers like the Trent and the Witham and to the


Humber Estuary itself. We can get a better idea of how


extensive the flooding is by looking at these aerial pictures. As the


camera pulls out from the Humber Bridge you can clearly see the


estuary as it sweeps round towards Goole taking us over the village of


South Ferriby. It's clear that there's still a lot of water on the


roads and many homes have been flooded. You can even see work going


on to pump out that flood water. The cement works are like an island in


the middle of a lake. You can see Brough in the distance here and get


an idea of how near the water got to that town. The building completely


surrounded is the Welton Waters sailing club. It's a landscape


that's been changed by the events of the past 24 hours. Some


extravagantly pictures. Over the last day or so, you have been


sharing your experiences in pictures and e`mails and texts and we thank


you for all of them. The number of texts to the radio stations was


phenomenal. Just a selection of them.


The main national and regional headlines. Tributes pour in for the


man described as the greatest leader of our times. Homes and businesses


across East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are beginning to


clean`up after the biggest tidal surge in 60 years. Tomorrow's


weather forecast, not as cold as it has been. Top temperatures getting


up to around eight Celsius. Returning to our main story


tonight, what more can you tell us about some more evacuations?


Yes, it is still not over. The sea defence south of Boston has been


damaged. Repairs are taking place, but they are trying to evacuate


people from their homes there. It has really surprised a lot of


people. When we talked to the authorities


privately, they are quite shaken by this. They are surprised and shocked


by the ferocity and speed of this. They know the whole rule book to do


with these kind of events has been torn up, so it is difficult to


predict what will happen in the future.


Thank you very much for watching the events of the past 24 hours. It


brought communities together and showed nature in full force. You


have been sending your photos of your experiences. Here are just a


few of them as we chart the progress of the tidal surge as it brought


havoc to our area. Thank you very much for the pictures and thank you


for watching. Have a safe and peaceful weekend. I will see you on


Monday. He urged people to be prepared. It


is very close now. It is only going to be another 510 minutes before


this road is inundated with saltwater. Sea levels are rising, it


is now the same level as the pavement. I would say go bust when


it was at the docks, because of the docks flood, it is straight over. If


it starts to come to fire on I don't know what might happen. It has


gathered in these lower lying areas and further along the Humber, the


problems are continuing. Try and ask people to move upstairs. Women


affected twice in 2007, so this is the third time it has happened to my


family. Everyone would suggest this could not possibly happen. Pretty


hopeless, I think. But we have to try and get in and seem this age of


the house. It is a timely


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