Southwold harbour businesses prepare for worst of flooding

Mike Pickles, left, and Kim Peskett at Harbour Marine Services in Southwold. Picture: NICK BUTCHER

Mike Pickles, left, and Kim Peskett at Harbour Marine Services in Southwold. Picture: NICK BUTCHER - Credit: Nick Butcher

Firms along Southwold's popular harbour area have evacuated their premises in preparation for the worst of the floods to hit the area.

Southwold Harbour.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Southwold Harbour. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The Harbour Inn in Southwold was evacuated early on Friday (January 13) morning, while nearby Harbour Marine Services has embarked on a two-day operation to protect boats and equipment at its site.

But the company - which refits, repairs and maintains all type of vessels at its base in Southwold Harbour – has had to move heavy equipment such as cranes off site.

Boats inside its workshop have had to be lifted up off the ground after the Environment Agency predicted about a metre of flooding in the area.

However, the firm's own predictions showlower water levels at this stage.


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The firm wasn't able to protect everything in the 2013 tidal surge but Mike Pickles, from Harbour Marine Services, said: 'This time we're a lot more prepared.

'However it's costing us a fortune as there are 20 staff we've had to stand down.'

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He said the worst of the flooding is expected to hit in Southwold around 10.15pm.

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