Business owners along Harbour Road are assessing the damage after a tidal surge forced water from Bridlington Harbour halfway up the doors of some premises.
The unprecedented flooding began at around 4pm on Thursday evening, and carried on until high tide at around 6pm.
Sara, who owns Rosie’s Cafe which had four feet of water flooding into it, said: “It has been a bit of a disaster, I never expected this to happen.
“The council never did anything, no sand bags no nothing just a few warnings. I am angry with the council.
“I came down and lifted a few boxes up but you wouldn’t save anything like that anyway. There is no way you could have stopped it.
“I won’t let it affect my shop, it is not the end of the world.”
George Langton, 72, was checking the damage this morning for his daughter Nikki and her husband Chris Milner, who run Daisy Mae’s, Tilly’s and Jaconelli’s.
He said: “We just can’t get in. The electrics are off so the shutters won’t work. The back doors are locked and bolted, so at the moment we have no idea what it’s like inside.
“I’m born and bred in Bridlington and I’ve never seen anything like this before. It was incredible. The water has got in, so we’ll just wait and see.”
Paul Russell, of the Bridlington Harbour Heritage Museum, said that the premises may have escaped the worst of the floods.
He said: “It’s not as bad as it could have been. There’s water that has seeped in, and some sand, but it is painted concrete floors so will be easier to clean than carpets. The electrics are off.”