Pier and promenades remain closed after surge

Just Regional
Dec 6, 2013 2 mins read

Cromer Pier will remain closed until at least Monday while a damage assessment takes place. A large amount of decking has gone and there may be other less obvious structural damage. The closure will have obvious effect on the Christmas Show.

Large numbers of beach chalets have gone or are damaged beyond repair on Cromer prom and Sheringham East and West Proms are currently closed. There are large amounts of debris on the proms and they may have been some undermining.

Pier manager Rebecca Wass was at the seafront this morning with musical director Nigel Hogg and Bruce Stratton, spokesman for pier operators Openwide. All were upset the show had to be cancelled but talking about trying to find an alternative venue. Bruce said: “It is hoped the pier can be secured with a walkway along the side so we can open again but it’s such a shame to see all the work which has been done recently on the pier destroyed.”

Teams from North Norfolk District Council are currently going up the coast to assess damage to council property, public toilets, car parks etc. The coastal team is assessing damage to cliffs and sea defences, although the defences as a whole stood up well to a water level that was higher than that experienced in 1953.

Communications manager Peter Battrick said: “The fact that no-one lost their life is a testament to the excellence of the advance warnings, the defences and the people on the ground helping individuals and communities to keep safe, and to the spirit of those people and communities themselves.”

He added: “We would urge people to stay away from the coast as many areas will remain unsafe. Although the situation is easing, the flood emergency is not yet over, with a further very high tide expected this evening. And once the emergency is over, there will be a prolonged clear up and repair process to go through.”

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