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East coast storm surges to test flood defences

Environment Agency flood defense

A combination of gale force winds and high tides will continue to test coastal flood defences in the East of England today.

The Environment Agency said Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex are particularly at risk with some coastal villages being evacuated. These include the Essex village of Jaywick and homes in Great Yarmouth.

Environment Agency teams have moved 7,500m of temporary barriers and 25 pumps to depots and towns including Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Blythe, Great Yarmouth, Chelmsford, Rye, and Trusthorpe and South Ferriby in Lincolnshire. The Hull tidal barrier was operated last night and all east coast flood gates have been closed.

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Environment Agency flood defence

Source: Environment Agency

“Gale force winds and high tides are likely to create large and dangerous waves along parts of the east coast on Friday and Saturday. These conditions could also cause flooding to coastal roads and could impact properties,” said Environment Agency duty manager Mark Sitton-Kent.

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Environment Agency flood map

Source: Environment Agency

The government’s flood warning map shows there are currently 12 severe flood warnings and 91 standard flood warnings.

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