Relief as Yarmouth escapes big flood threatFriday 9th November 2007
Yarmouth held its breath as high tides and towering waves brought fears of flooding that threatened to be the worst for more than 50 years.
But although the freak conditions did create major problems the town escaped more lightly than initially expected.
Many residents from low-lying areas were evacuated overnight on Thursday and in the morning all roads into the town were temporarily closed down as everyone prepared for the worst.
Water seeped through the Haven Bridge and Southtown Road but otherwise it began to look like a case of the great escape.
Thousands of people who had fled to schools or rest centres or stayed with friends as a precaution were able to return home to inspect for damage.
David Smith, landlord of the Dukes Head in Southtown, kept his pub open all night and said he had been providing teas and coffees for people who wanted to sit it out in company.