A rescue team pulls a boat with an evacuee on board through flood water in The High Street on Dec. 5, 2013 in Boston, England. Parts of the United Kingdom are being affected by storm conditions and surge tides.
Credit: Peter Macdiarmid

LONDON, UK — On Friday, Britain assessed the damage of a storm that killed two people, forced thousands from their homes and threatened the nation with the biggest tidal surge in 60 years before moving on to Europe.

Severe floods wreaked havoc on the UK’s east coast. Waves several stories high smashed against seaside barriers. In the seaside town of Hemsby, homes tumbled downhill and were carried away by the sea like children’s toys.

  • This picture shows a chalet home that was drawn into the sea during a tidal surge at Hemsby, in the east of England, on Dec. 6, 2013. British authorities evacuated thousands of people from coastal towns in Britain after a huge storm lashing northern Europe unleashed the worst tidal surge in 60 years, officials said.
    Credit: JUSTIN TALLIS
  • Seagulls paddle among abandoned cars on the flooded Harbour Road in Helsingborg, southern Sweden, on December 6, 2013 as storm Xaver, locally known as Sven hit southern Sweden on Thursday night, claiming one life, littering roads with uprooted trees, stalling trains, and leaving tens of thousands without power.
    Credit: JOHAN NILSSON
  • Waves hit the sea front on December 6, 2013 in Raageleje, north of Copenhagen, as storm Haver hits Denmark.
    Credit: KELD NAVNTOFT
  • A resident sits on the stairs of an apartment deep in flood water on Dec. 5, 2013 in Boston, England. Parts of the United Kingdom are being affected by storm conditions and surge tides.
    Credit: Peter Macdiarmid
  • A tidal storm surge pounds Eyemouth Harbor during the overnight high tide on Dec. 6, 2013 in Eyemouth, Scotland. Parts of the UK have suffered strong winds and tidal surges, causing two deaths and the evacuation of thousands of people from their homes.
    Credit: Mark Runnacles
  • Cars sit in a flooded street as emergency services prepare for the next high tide on Dec. 5, 2013 in Rhyl, United Kingdom. Storms across Britain has resulted in two deaths and the evacuation of thousand of people. High winds and high tides caused by low atmospheric pressure has created flooding in many coastal towns. Emergency services are monitoring coastal defenses as the next high tide are due in the early hours of Friday.
    Credit: Christopher Furlong
  • A rescue team pulls a boat with an evacuee on board through flood water in The High Street on Dec. 5, 2013 in Boston, England. Parts of the United Kingdom are being affected by storm conditions and surge tides.
    Credit: Peter Macdiarmid
  • A car drives to the ferry dock at the North Sea coast in Dagebuell, Germany, on Dec. 5, 2013 as storm front Xaver will reach full force on the afternoon.
    Credit: CARSTEN REHDER
  • Waves break in at the North Sea coast in Dagebuell, Germany, on December 5, 2013 as storm front Xaver will reach full force on the afternoon.
    Credit: CARSTEN REHDER
  • A boat lying on the side, on Dec. 6, 2013 in Thorsminde Harbour, on the west coast in Jutland as storm Xaver hits Denmark.
    Credit: JOHAN GADEGAARD

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