Flood warnings issued for Norfolk and Suffolk rivers

Flood warnings have been issued in Norfolk and Suffolk due to the strong winds causing problems in the region in the last 24 hours.

The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for this evening's tides affecting the River Yare and River Waveney, with a handful of properties likely to flood.

The warnings are for high tides at 6.15pm for the tidal River Yare from Thorpe St Andrew to Breydon Water and for the Tidal River Waveney from and including Ellingham to Breydon Water.

Hundreds of properties fall within the two flood warning areas but the Agency expects only those close to the rivers will be affected.

Locations that could be affected include Brundall, Cantley, Loddon, Chedgrave, Reedham, Thurlton, Burgh Castle and Surlingham.

An Environment Agency spokesman said: 'Strong winds last night have caused a significant surge of 1.3-1.5m in the North Sea creating a tide lock in the rivers – water brought in on the high tide is kept in the system by the winds and is added to on the next high tide.

'There has also been a rise in river levels from recent rainfall. The Agency will be monitoring for tomorrow morning's tide.'

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Weather forecasts for the next 24 hours are predicting no significant rainfall however, bringing some relief to the anticipated east coast tidal surge.

- People in areas at risk are encouraged to contact Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk for the latest flood alerts and warnings.


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