Evacuation zones drawn up in Yarmouth

Norfolk police and other emergency services will continue a phased evacuation of homes in Yarmouth throughout the night and into the early hours. Great Yarmouth has been divided into three zones for prioritisation of evacuation.

Norfolk police and other emergency services will continue a phased evacuation of homes in Yarmouth throughout the night and into the early hours.

Great Yarmouth has been divided into three zones for prioritisation of evacuation.

Officers are on the ground knocking on doors giving advice to householders to leave their homes and to stay with family and friends outside the borough. If this is not possible, then residents are being advised to move upstairs and make safe their valuables.

The Environment Agency map showing the flood risk areas is the predicted extent of high water if flood defences are breached affecting potentially around 7,500 homes. It is these areas that are being prioritised for police attention and self-evacuation.

Police are urging members of the public to stay away from the high risk areas and particularly the area close to the River Yare. Members of the public are also advised to contact emergency services only in emergencies.

A number of rest centres are now in operation in the county, these are:

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t Caister High School (general reception centre for anyone), Windsor Road, Caister-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 5LS.

t Cliff Park High School (for vulnerable residents) in Kennedy Avenue, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 6TA.

t Oriel High School, Oriel Avenue, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, NR31 7JJ.

t Martham Primary School formerly West Flegg Middle Foundation School, Black Street, Martham, Great Yarmouth, NR29 4PR

Two hundred patients at in care homes and at Northgate Hospital were evacuated to suitable alternative accommodation earlier this evening.

Other residents with special needs such as the elderly, disabled people and those in sheltered accommodation will continue to be evacuated to one of a number of agreed rest shelters.

A large number of additional police resources have been mobilised which put into effect the force's contingency plans for this type of operation.

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