Gale force winds combining with this evening’s high tides, dangerous waves and a coastal surge mean Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex are particularly at risk. The flood risk will continue in the far south-east on Saturday morning.
Overnight and into this morning, the Environment Agency’s flood defences have protected over 170,000
properties from coastal flooding. The Hull Barrier has been operated for this morning’s tide and will
be operated again later today. The Thames Barrier is expected to be closed this evening and at lunchtime tomorrow.
In addition to permanent flood defences, the Environment Agency has moved over 8 kilometres
of temporary barriers and 25 pumps to depots and towns including Great Yarmouth, Chelmsford,
Ely, Newcastle upon Tyne, Blythe, Rye and South Ferriby in Lincolnshire. The army is assisting
the police as part of the multi-agency response and are on standby to help the Environment Agency
set up temporary flood barriers if needed.
Mark Sitton-Kent, National Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, said:
The combination of gale force winds, high tides, dangerous waves carrying rocks and
a coastal surge means parts of the East Coast are extremely dangerous. We have issued
severe flood warnings and urge everyone to check their flood risk and ensure they are
in a safe place.
Our thoughts are with all those who are currently facing another uncertain day and night.
We ask anyone tempted to go to the coast for a thrill or to take pictures to stay away,
you would be putting yourself in unnecessary danger.
The Environment Agency is prepared to take action wherever it is needed.
We have moved an additional 8 kilometres of temporary barriers and 25 pumps
to the East Coast and the army is on standby to assist with the response.