Public gets better flood warning

The Sea Life Sanctuary in Hunstanton was closed for several months after flooding. Picture: Ian Burt

The Sea Life Sanctuary in Hunstanton was closed for several months after flooding. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Four digital road signs to warn of tidal flooding are being installed along the west Norfolk coast next week.

The Environment Agency has been working with West Norfolk Council and the Norfolk Local Resilience Forum to improve how the public is warned of tidal flooding.

The new LED signs in Hunstanton, Heacham and Snettisham will be brighter, more visible to motorists and provide timely information to residents and visitors. They replace four manually updated signs that were installed in 2005.

The signs will be illuminated when tidal flood alerts and flood warnings are issued, and provide information on high water time and when evacuation is necessary. These signs complement the Environment Agency's existing free flood warning service that anyone can register for.

Brian Long, West Norfolk Council's cabinet member for the environment, said: 'We know the danger of flooding at that location, so anything that improves the chance of people being aware of what's happening has to be a good thing.'

Sadia Moeed, operations manager of the Environment Agency, said: 'The up-to-date information and improved visibility is a great benefit for the community and visitors to the area who may not be aware of the flood risk.'

The Norfolk coast was devastated by flooding during the tidal surge of December 5, 2013. Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary suffered severe damage with flood water pouring into the building, polluting the fish tanks. Many of the sanctuary's inhabitants had to be taken elsewhere.

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Visit www.gov.uk/flood or call Floodline Warnings Direct on 0345 988 1188.

Do you think enough has been done to stop flooding occurring again along the Norfolk coast? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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