Thousands of people who left their homes amid fears of flooding are returning after the biggest tidal surge for half a century.
Fears of widespread flooding in eastern England have diminished as tides peaked without major breaches of sea defences.
The waters were nearly 8in (20cm) lower than originally feared and passed without causing major damage.
Environment Secretary Hilary Benn said it had been a "close run thing" but that the worst was now over.
The North Sea surge had been moving south during Friday, combining with high tides and strong winds to create flooding risks along the coast.
Residents on the Kent coast had been told to remain vigilant due to high tides on Friday afternoon, but no major flooding was reported.