North Norfolk on flood alert: Could we see a repeat of the scenes witnessed during storm surge of December 2013?

Flood damage. Boats sit on Blakeney Quay after the sea surge.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Flood damage. Boats sit on Blakeney Quay after the sea surge. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Police are warning residents in flood risk areas along the coast they may be asked to evacuate their homes as the county is put on flood alert.

Rescue workers make their way into Walcott, near Great Yarmouth, as the east of England is hit by a

Rescue workers make their way into Walcott, near Great Yarmouth, as the east of England is hit by a storm surge. Picture: JOHN GILES/PA - Credit: PA

Police are warning residents in flood risk areas along the coast they may be asked to evacuate their homes as the county is put on flood alert.

The Environment Agency is anticipating the first wave of flooding in Wells, Walcott, Salthouse, King's Lynn and Yarmouth on Friday the 13th - said to be the unluckiest day of the year - between 7am and 10am.

And then again at night between 8pm and 10pm.

The early warning brings back memories of the devastasting storm surge of December 2013 - the biggest in Britain for 60 years - which left homes and businesses across Norfolk under water, with properties in Hemsby washed away by the sea and the iconic Cromer Pier snapped in two.

Storm surge at Cromer Pier. Picture: Duncan Abel

Storm surge at Cromer Pier. Picture: Duncan Abel - Credit: Archant


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A notice on Blakeney Harbour Association's Facebook page warns: 'We are expecting very severe weather over the next 24 hours along the North Norfolk coast.

'NNW winds are expected to gust up to storm force 10, pressure is low and high spring tides are peaking tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday. This combination is likely to produce surge tides tomorrow and Saturday.'

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Police are warning those most at risk to move their vehicles and belongings to higher ground and check on vulnerable neighbours.

The government's flood information service is also urging immediate action with the flood warning now in force.

The storm surge left a scene of devastation in Hemsby.

The storm surge left a scene of devastation in Hemsby. - Credit: citizenside.com

It has warned properties on Coast Road in Salthouse and on Coast Road in Cley are on the frontline. Flooding is also expected for Salthouse and Cley marshes.

The warning, which is in force until 9am on Friday, states: 'We are expecting high tide levels on the North Norfolk Coast on Friday due to a combination of spring tides and a tidal surge. The forecast high water is due at Wells on Friday, January 13, at 7am. The predicted astronomical tide level is 2.74 m AODN. The forecast surge height is 1.28m. The forecast tide level is 4.02 mAODN.'

It adds: 'The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation closely, working alongside partners including the Met Office and local authorities.'

Let us know if you are affected. Tweet your weather-related pictures to @nthnorfolknews and @edp24

Flood alerts have been issued along the Norfolk coast including Salthouse and Walcott. Picture: FLOO

Flood alerts have been issued along the Norfolk coast including Salthouse and Walcott. Picture: FLOODALERTS.COM - Credit: FLOODALERTS.COM

Flood alerts have been issued along the Norfolk coast including Salthouse and Walcott. Picture: FLOO

Flood alerts have been issued along the Norfolk coast including Salthouse and Walcott. Picture: FLOODALERTS.COM - Credit: FLOODALERTS.COM

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