Region starts clean-up after storms

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Yorkshire has been left counting the cost after it was hit by some of the highest levels of water in 60 years.

A huge clean-up operation is beginning after hundreds of homes flooded as a tidal surge of 1953 proportions swept along the coast and into the Humber estuary.

Some coastal communities are still being urged to be vigilant, after the Environment Agency issued flood warnings for Sandsend, Whitby, Easington and Kilnsea and Scarborough Spa Complex.

Lesser flood alerts were issued for stretches from Whitby to Filey, Withernsea, Mappleton to Spurn Point and onto Winestead and inland to Airmyn.

Officials said in some places tidal heights were as high or higher than those seen during the 1953 floods but improved coastal defences meant the damage was far less significant.

In Hull water levels peaked at more than 19ft, the highest seen by the city since the Great Floods of 1953.