It has been a busy night for Suffolk’s multi agency flood responders.
Police have deployed additional resources on the ground to make personal visits to the homes within the areas most likely to be affected to provide advice and guidance around safety and potential evacuation.
Suffolk Fire and Rescue have also been very busy.
They have attended 18 flood and fire related incidents rescuing 27 people in the process.
The ambulance service committed additional resources to helping move vulnerable service users to safety out of the flood risk areas.
In addition resources were strategically placed to ensure that calls for service across the county could be addressed.
Overnight the environment agency has continued to research and consider the available information in order to help model the risk of further flooding.
In addition Suffolk have drafted in additional resources dedicated to inspecting the sea defences in daylight in order to facilitate swift repairs.
The multi-agency response will continue to consider the potential risks around two further significant high tides, one around lunchtime today (Friday, December 6) and one around midnight today (Friday, December 6) into tomorrow (Saturday, December 7).
It is likely that the county’s state of readiness to respond will be maintained for a protracted period while these are assessed.
The impact on the transport network is still being assessed.
High winds caused some disruption to the rail and road network.
Rail companies are putting details of the disruptions to their service on their website and people are advised to check there before travelling.
Flooding at Blythburgh has closed the A12 for the rest of today (Friday, December 6).
The highways agency will update once the road is ready to be reopened.
Currently the following roads have been closed due to the flooding;
– A12 at Blythburgh
– Bridge Road, Snape (Outside the Crown PH)
– London Road South, Junction with St Johns Road, Lowestoft
– The Strand, Wherstead.
Flooding can bring the risk of power disruption even after additional precautionary steps have been taken.
UK Power Networks continue to work as part of the joined up response to help minimise the risk of this occurring for the Suffolk community.
Some schools in affected areas have already announced they will not be opening and parents are advised to check the Suffolkclosures.suffolk.gov.uk website for further detail.
This information will also be repeated on BBC Radio Suffolk.
The basic advice remains, police are advising people:
• Not to enter flood water as you can’t see any hidden obstacles beneath the surface.
• That overloaded sewer systems can discharge raw sewage into the flood water with the associated health risks.
• If your house has been affected by flooding you should seek qualified help when looking to turn back on gas and electric.
• Keep listening to your radio or local TV channel or go to www.suffolk.police.uk for the latest update.
Suffolk Police Assistant Chief Constable Tim Newcomb, who is leading the multi-agency response, said: “The multi-agency responders to this incident have been working incredibly hard throughout the night to minimise the risk to Suffolk residents. It’s not over yet. We want to ensure that our plans for the next 24 hours are appropriate in order to address the next two potentially significant tide levels which will be at lunchtime and midnight.
“There is always an element of uncertainty when trying to predict the natural environment but we will keep the public informed about our plans and approach.
“At the same time we also need to start to think about what needs to be done to clear up.”
For all the latest news see Thursday’s (December 12) Echo.