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Flood alert issued for part of Norfolk coast

The Prom, groynes and beach at Hunstanton were left covered with snow. Picture: Chris Bishop

The Prom, groynes and beach at Hunstanton were left covered with snow. Picture: Chris Bishop

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A flood alert has been issued for parts of Norfolk due to stormy weather conditions.

At 2pm the Environment Agency issued a flood alert for the coast from Hunstanton to north of King’s Lynn.

Flooding is possible for Hunstanton, Ingoldisthorpe, Dersingham and Wolferton areas.

The alert has been triggered due to stormy weather conditions and high tide levels. The forecast is for strong winds with large waves and sea spray at the seafront.

High water is expected at 6.45pm this evening and the alert may apply two to four hours either side of the high tide.

The Environment Agency has warned Hunstanton is most at risk and is expecting impacts to promenades and car parks.

Sarah Cook, Environment Agency national flood duty manager, said: “Today and into the weekend, strong winds and large waves will combine with high tides and could cause some minor flooding along the north east and south west coastlines.

“Despite the difficult conditions, our teams are checking and maintaining flood defences. We urge people to stay safe on the coast and to listen to advice from the Met Office.

“We will be keeping a close eye on melting snow with the Met Office as the conditions become slightly warmer next week. A steady thaw would mean rivers, streams and the ground would be able to absorb the extra water without increasing the risk of river or surface-water flooding.”

• Flood alerts and warnings are updated every 15 minutes as needed so check www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk or call 0345 988 1188 for the latest advice.


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