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Suffolk tidal surge update

High tide arrives in King's Lynn as water almost breaches the flood defences.

High tide arrives in King's Lynn as water almost breaches the flood defences.

 

Multi Agency flood responders continue to work together following last night’s storm surge – and the high tide predicted for later today (Friday, December 6).

Overnight there was flooding in coastal areas of the county, following the issuing of severe flood warnings by the Environment Agency.

This morning (Friday, December 6) the Environment Agency has downgraded all severe flood warnings for the Suffolk coast to flood warnings.

Environment Agency engineers are in the process of inspecting flood defences at critical locations prior to the next high tide at 11.15am at Lowestoft.

A small number of roads continue to be affected by flood water.

The main road closure is the A12 at Blythburgh, this road is likely to be closed for the rest of the day, however diversions are in place.

Bridge Road, Snape (Outside the Crown PH) remains closed as does the B1127 Lowestoft Road at Reydon.

The C428 Aldeburgh to Thorpeness road is closed and Shingle Street is cut off by floodwater.

The Strand at Wherstead is now open.

In Lowestoft, Belvedere Road near to the Bascule Bridge in Lowestoft has been cleared of water and is now open.

However, there is still standing water in Denmark Road, the Peto Way roundabout and at London Road South where a team of Firefighters assisted by volunteers are assessing the situation to see if water can be pumped away.

They will also be providing advice to local residents about the clearance of flood water.

Firefighters have received a small number of calls in relation to flooding – they will only be attending flood calls where there is a risk to life, vulnerable people or risk of fire.

All other calls will be attended by an officer who will assess the situation.

People should only call the Fire and Rescue Service in case of an emergency

Members of the public are being advised to heed notices warning that footpaths are closed due to flooding.

This is because they are impassable and unsafe.

Agencies continue to issue advice in relation to standing flood water as follows:

• 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 David Skevington, who is leading the multi-agency response, today (Friday, December 6) said: “Last night we were faced with some very challenging conditions, but everyone worked well together in a bid to minimise harm to people and property.

“I am not referring only to emergency services, local authorities and other agencies but also volunteers from across the county who showed such community spirit in many ways such as opening additional rest centres in threatened communities – they deserve our thanks.

“However, we can’t be complacent there are further high tides coming to the coast and we must remain vigilant.

“I would urge people to continue to monitor local media, the Environment Agency website or phone the Flood Line on 0845 988 1188.”

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (December 12) Echo.

 

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