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Felixstowe: Emergency team appointed to deal with storm surges, town-wide black outs and unexploded bombs

07:45 31 May 2014

Storm surge of December 2013 - photo by Allan King

Storm surge of December 2013 - photo by Allan King

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A task force has been appointed to start work on drawing up an emergency plan for Felixstowe to deal with natural and man-made disasters that cause widespread problems for residents.

Town councillors agreed the blueprint should not just tackle the most obvious threat to the resort – that of flooding caused by incidents such as last December’s storm surge – but also other major incidents, such as a town-wide power black-out.

Low-lying parts of the town had to be evacuated during the storm, the same area affected a few years previously when a large war-time bomb was washed up on the beach.

Councillor Kimberley Williams said: “I feel very strongly that the council should be involved in and have our own emergency procedures for Felixstowe and work in partnership and collaboration with Suffolk Coastal council and their arrangements.

“We have a population of 30,000 people and it would be quite negligent of us to quite simply devolve responsibility and rely on Suffolk Coastal to undertake emergency procedures for us.”

Councillor Michael Sharman said there were many potential dangers, especially with the 
variety of cargoes, including 
fireworks, carried by lorries 
visiting the Port of Felixstowe, while councillor Mike Stokell pointed out that the town was overflown by hundreds of aircraft every day.

Councillor Andy Smith stressed it would be important to work within the existing procedures.

He said: “We need to look at the whole picture of what we have.”

Councillors Chris Slemmings, Andy Smith, Cyril Webb, Margaret Morris and Kimberley Williams will form the working party to draw up the plan.

5 comments

  • Homeofsotwe, am I correct in saying you are suggesting we fund a bunch of cowboys? I refuse to take my kids to the beach when these bunch are around! Im sorry but these guys are a liability to the public.

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    SailorDave

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • How about providing proper funding for the Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Rescue Parrol Service and looking at enhancing their skill set? That team provided a very valuable service to the town but received very little from the town in terms of funding. Following their accident (when they were helping out with the flooding) they are unable to operator due to the craft being damaged.

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    Homeofstowe

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • The Emergency Team consists of Councillors Slemmings, Smith, Webb ... We are all doomed!

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    Grumpy Git

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Spend your money on making the old seaside resort less of a dump... less worrying about freak weather and incidents which are outside the councils remit! Until Felixstowe is a respectable place, there isn't much to save. The port is an exception, but I am sure they have their own plans in place for such possibilities.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • and we don't have this aready

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    zaax

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

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