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

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

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

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

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

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

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In Boston, sea defences were breached flooding the town centre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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much more settled. Tonight homes and businesses across

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East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are struggling to get back to normal

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

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people were forced from their homes including several here on Hessle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Murphy. Everyone's desirable Hessle called

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

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

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

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

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surprise. We were rescuing people from cars.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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seeing the extent of the surge in particular locations was impossible

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to predict. Many people in Bridlington had their property

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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if you want to get in touch with your

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I look forward to hearing from you as always.

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

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

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

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

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their story. This expands of water in the winter

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

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

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

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

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

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high tide and another flooding prompted police to knock on the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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country roads and four people temporarily seeking shelter

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

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

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

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the town. Around 200 people spent last night

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in emergency accommodation and the iconic Boston stump suffered

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significant damage. Jake Zuckerman reports.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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it is now. Water came in through the west door

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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floodwaters receded, streets of Boston were left strewn with rubbish

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

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years. Jake is live in Boston tonight.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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he sent these pictures before it became impassable and the road

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remains closed this evening This morning Lee Beel in South Ferriby

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took this picture of the damage and standing water.

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

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

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Lascelles in Mablethorpe sent this of the central promenade covered in

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

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Really strange this morning wondering around hearing of the

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

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

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

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dry`mac. This evening, and outbreaks of rain

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

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

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

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Temperatures will rise through the day. Decent spells of sunshine

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across Lincolnshire, just the risk of the occasional shower.

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Temperatures improving. The breeze is fairly moderate from the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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sea level that damaged homes and property across East Yorkshire and

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Lincolnshire? Caroline Bilton reports.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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protected homes and businesses from flooding. Some places we thought

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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concern quickly shifted from the coast to towns and villages

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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phenomenal. Just a selection of them.

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

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

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across East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are beginning to

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

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

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up to around eight Celsius. Returning to our main story

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

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

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

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

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people. When we talked to the authorities

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

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

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

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predict what will happen in the future.

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

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brought communities together and showed nature in full force. You

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

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

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

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

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Monday. He urged people to be prepared. It

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the house. It is a timely

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