13 JAN 2017

Severe Flood Warnings for the East Coast

Therese is heading back to Suffolk this afternoon as flood warnings continue to be in place along the Suffolk Coast.

No incidents of flooding have occurred as a result of the lunchtime tide but this evening's high tide is expected to be worse with severe flood warnings still in place. The areas expected to be particularly at risk are the communities of Lowestoft down to Aldeburgh with leaflets being distributed along that stretch of the coast, giving details of rest centres at Water Lane Leisure Centre in Lowestoft and Leiston Leisure Centre on Red House Lane. There is also a rest centre at Brackenbury Leisure Centre in Felixstowe.

Therese said: "We have had advance warning of the tidal surge and are well prepared. This evenings surge is expected to be lower than 2013 and we are better prepared with more temporary and permanent defences but residents shouldn't take any risks and head to the rest centres if needed. The Emergency Planning Team has swung into action and the Strategic Coordinating Group, chaired by Suffolk Police has been set up. I want to thank Suffolk Police, the fire service, council officers, the Environment Agency and flood groups who are all helping residents and businesses at risk of flooding."

For further information call the Suffolk Flood helpline on 03456 032814

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