In what was predicted to be the worst storm surge in 30 years strong winds and high tides caused by a low pressure system sitting over the country all combined to cause severe flooding in many of our coastal towns and villages around the country. The surge resulted in the deaths of two people with many hundreds more forced to be evacuated from their homes because of the rising water levels. Businesses and shops were damaged or destroyed in some cases, roads and car parks were torn up with the power of the crashing waves and severe disruption was caused in many areas.
Emergency services and council employees worked throughout the night to ensure people and property were safe or at least to try and minimise the damage that had already being caused and by first light the clean-up operation was well underway but some of the structural damage to many properties will take months to be rectified.
I was shooting in Saltburn, Sandsend and Whitby during that time and the pictures below are a selection…
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