A precautionary evacuation notice has been issued for the “west Norfolk coast” due to high tides and tidal surge expected in the next 24 hours.
The following areas are at risk: Hunstanton coast, Heacham coast and the coast parallel to the A149 now to Snettisham on the western coast of Norfolk.
A combination of high tides and tidal surge, associated (potentially) with strong northerly winds could produce high waters on this section of the coast, which is outlined in the image above. As a result this section of the coast is particularly prone to the risk of flooding. A precautionary evacuation notice has been issued from the Environment Agency, meaning that although no evacuation orders are in place right now, there is the potential that to happen.
The following statement was released from the Environment Agency:
“High tides and a tidal surge will make water levels higher than usual. Tides will be at their highest at 08:40 tomorrow, 01/10/19, however conditions may apply two to four hours either side of the high tide. We expect flooding to affect South Beach Road, Seagate Road, the Hunstanton seafront and the promenade at Hunstanton. We are closely monitoring the situation and our incident response staff are liaising with the Local Authority, who have closed the flood gates at Hunstanton Please be careful along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads as large waves and sea spray could be dangerous and follow advice from emergency services. This message will be updated in 8 hours, or as the situation changes. Detailed tidal information for those who use it: the predicted astronomical tide level is 4.68 mAODN. The forecast surge height is 0.2m. The forecast tide level is 5.08 mODN. The forecast wind direction is north easterly. The forecast wind strength is Force 6.”
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There are other flood warnings and flood alerts in place for large parts of England. You can get those here: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings. Those of you in Scotland should consult SEPA and for Northern Ireland the Northern Ireland Environment Agency respectively for any concerns.
If you do have any concerns, (England) contacts are as follows.
Floodline Telephone (24 hour service): 0345 988 1188
Type talk (for the hard of hearing): 0345 602 6340
If flooding poses an immediate threat to life please use the Emergency Services.