UK put on flood alert as weather forecasters predict storm surge

by ClickGreen staff. Published Sun 27 Nov 2011 21:54, Last updated: 2011-11-28
Warnings issued to protect belongings and property from flood
Warnings issued to protect belongings and property from flood

The Environment Agency has tonight issued 13 flood warnings and 28 alerts telling residents along the Norfolk and Sussex coast to take immediate action.

Locals are being warned to move their possessions to safety as storm waters surge towards the north Norfolk coast, before moving along the Suffolk shoreline.

The Anglian region has been hit with nine warnings for the Norfolk coast at Salthouse and Wells Quay, as well as Blythburgh in Suffolk and Lowestoft seafront and docks.

Flood warnings have also been issued for the Norfolk Coast from Old Hunstanton to Great Yarmouth and down the Suffolk coast towards Southwold.

The North East has also been warned to take immediate action with flooding expected around Whitby, Bridlington and Easington.

A flood alert, which warns flooding is possible, has also been issued along the River Thames from the coast to London's riverside, including the stretch from Putney Bridge to Teddington Weir.

According to the UK National Oceanography Centre, the high tide at Lowestoft is expected to reach its peak at 10.43pm on Sunday evening - at around the same time the storm surge is forecast to reach the same point of coastline after sweeping down the North Sea.

A statement issued by the Environment Agency tonight said: “A large surge is expected to affect the east coast of England. This coincides with a period of spring tides, so already high water levels will be increased, with some flooding possible at coastal locations.

“Elsewhere the flood risk remains very low for the next 3 days, despite the risk of some heavy rain affecting western parts of England and Wales during Tuesday.”

And the Met Office has tonight issued a series of severe weather warnings for areas of Scotland for Tuesday.

The advisory, which extends across the Highlands, Strathclyde, Central areas, Tayside & Fife, South West Scotland and Lothian Borders, between 3pm and 6pm on Tuesday, warns: “Rain will become heavy for a time on Tuesday, and this will fall on already saturated ground, leading to the risk of localised flooding and some travel disruption.

“The rain will clear from the west later in the afternoon.”

In the event of a flood, the Environment Agency urges households to take items upstairs or to a high point in the property, including moving important documents such as insurance papers, items of personal value such as photos, family videos or treasured mementos.

It also suggests moving lightweight household belongings that can be picked up easily and quickly, moving or raising items of furniture that are expensive or harder to repair before cheaper ones.

If the flood water hasn't reached you, the Environment Agency advice is to move your car to higher ground and move outdoor pets to safety.

It also suggests taking action to stop water entering your home such as covering air bricks and cat flaps and sealing doors, put plugs in sinks and baths and weigh them down with a sandbag, a pillowcase or plastic bag filled with garden soil, or a heavy object. This will stop water/sewerage backing up through blocked or overloaded systems into your sinks and toilets.

For properties that do not have non-return valves fitted, the Environment Agency advises occupants to plug water inlet pipes with towels or cloths, disconnect any equipment that uses water, such as washing machines and dishwashers and turn off the water, gas and electricity supply at the mains.

The full list of areas affected by Flood Warnings, issued by the Environment Agency at 10.30pm on Sunday evening, was:

* Isolated riverside properties on the Deben Estuary

* Felixstowe Ferry & Bawdsey Quay

* Tidal River Waveney from, and including Ellingham to Breydon Water

* Snape, Iken and surrounding marshland

* Tidal Yare from Thorpe St Andrew to Breydon Water

* Lowestoft Seafront and Docks

* Southwold and surrounding marshes

* Blythburgh and marshes upstream of A12

* The North Norfolk Coast at Salthouse

* The North Norfolk Coast at Wells Quay

* Whitby Harbourside

* Bridlington

* Easington and Kilnsea

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