Waveney flood threat latest: Major incident declared by the Suffolk Resilience Forum as 1,000 properties in north Suffolk ‘likely to be affected’

Storm Jude hits Lowestoft in October. The storm strikes Lowestoft seafront. Storm Jude hits Lowestoft in October. The storm strikes Lowestoft seafront.

Thursday, December 5, 2013
10:44 AM

About 1,000 properties in north Suffolk are “likely to be affected” as a result of the nine severe flood warnings issued by the Environment Agency along the county’s coastline.

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That was the stark warning this morning issued by the key agencies, as a major incident – Operation Fulstone – was declared by the Suffolk Resilience Forum.

Senior officers from key agencies across Suffolk have been meeting with the aim of safeguarding people in the county and protecting property as far as is possible.

A spokesman said: “About 1,000 properties in the following nine areas to the north of the county are likely to be affected: Lowestoft seafront and docks; North bank of Lake Lothing; Oulton Broad near Mutford Lock; Aldeburgh and Thorpeness; Snape, Iken and surrounding marshland; Riverside Business Park and Kirkley; Blythburgh and marshes upstream of A12; South bank of Lake Lothing from Bourne Business Park to Mutford Lock and Southwold and surrounding marshland.

Police are attempting to make contact with the owners of properties in these areas to provide details of the action that needs to be taken. A leaflet containing key information has been produced and is being handed out by officers.

Precautionary evacuation of properties in these areas is being recommended. Rest centres are being established and the location of these will be available in due course.

A further four severe flood warnings relating to the eastern area of the county have more recently been issued by the Environment Agency and the Suffolk Resilience Forum is now working through plans for the following areas: Tidal Orwell, Ipswich; Felixstowe Ferry and Bawdsey Quay; Isolated riverside properties on the Deben Estuary and Felixstowe Ferry Hamlet and the Deben Marshes.

David Skevington, assistant chief constable for Suffolk Constabulary, said: “The most recent modelling by the Environment Agency has made it clear that areas of the Suffolk Coastline and surrounding residential and commercial properties are likely to be affected by flood waters. Officers from agencies across the county are working together to ensure the risk to residents in those areas is kept to a minimum. It is important that residents listens to the advice and direction that is given to them by officers on the ground and take the appropriate action.

“Rest centres are being set up to ensure there is somewhere safe for people to remain for the duration of the incident.

“We anticipate a number of roads will be closed later today due to flooding. I would urge people to monitoring the local media and the environment agency website to ensure they keep up to date with any developments. “

Agencies involved include police, fire and rescue, East of England Ambulance Service, Environment Agency, Suffolk County Council, Waveney District Council and Suffolk Coastal District Council.

As reported earlier, the Environment Agency has issued its most severe flood warnings along the coast of East Anglia as the region braces itself for heavy storms.

Twenty severe flood warnings were issued this morning from north Norfolk right the way down to West Mersea in Essex.

Severe flood warnings are the most serious warnings the Environment Agency can issue, with the flooding posing a danger to life unless action is taken.

Surges almost two metres high are expected to start battering north Norfolk about 8pm tonight.

Great Yarmouth should be hit about 10.30pm, while Lowestoft, Aldeburgh, Snape and Southwold will be hit at 10.45pm by similarly high surges of water as tide levels reach three metres above average.

There are a further 36 flood warnings along the coast, where flooding is expected, and 18 flood alerts where flooding is possible.

People living in the affected areas should call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for the latest flood warnings in their area.

The Environment Agency web site at www.environment-agency.gov.uk contains lots of help and advice on how to prepare for flooding.




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