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Flood alerts issued for parts of Suffolk and Essex coast tonight

PUBLISHED: 15:46 18 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:07 19 November 2017

Southwold is among the areas to have a flood alert issued.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Southwold is among the areas to have a flood alert issued. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN


A series of amber flood alerts have been issued to stretches of the Suffolk and north Essex coastline overnight tonight.

High waters are expected at Clacton at 11.58pm. Picture: CONTRIBUTED High waters are expected at Clacton at 11.58pm. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

The amber alerts, issued by the government’s flood alert service, mean that flooding is possible and that those living in the area should be prepared.

However, any flooding is expected to be minor and localised to low lying coastal areas.

The alerts, which are set to remain in force for 24 hours, have been issued for:

The Suffolk coast at Southwold, with high water expected at Lowestoft at 9.30pm. The impacts is expected to be localised to Southwold Harbour and similar to that seen commonly in the winter months.

The Suffolk and Essex Coast from Felixstowe to Clacton, including Orwell and Stour Estuaries, and the Deben Estuary, with high water expected at Harwich at 11.48pm.

The Essex coast from Clacton to and including, St Peters Flat and the Colne and Blackwater estuaries, with high water due at Clacton at 11.58pm. Impact is expected to be minor and localised to low lying coastal areas such as promenades, boat yards and low lying coastal roads.

Two further alerts have been issued for Sunday morning.

The first is between Lowestoft to Bawdsey, with high waters expected at Lowestoft at 9.45am.

A statement on the flood alert service website read: “It is being issued earlier than normal to avoid issuing it during the night or early Sunday morning and to allow anyone concerned to take the usual precautions in daylight hours.

“The forecast is just over the alert level so any impacts are likely to be very minor and localised.

“We will update this message Sunday morning.”

Another alert will be in force at the River Waveney from Ellingham to Breydon Water, with high waters expected at Beccles at 11am.

A statement read: “We are expecting high water levels due to the natural tide locking caused by high waters at Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, which will restrict the normal drainage out to sea of the Broads system at low tide.

“High levels in the Broads may last throughout Sunday 19 November until the high tides have passed.

“We are not currently expecting the situation to escalate.”

Warnings are being issued due to forecast weather conditions – slightly higher winds than usual – during spring tides.

As a result tides are expected to be higher, and this may cause minor flooding in low lying coastal areas.

To keep up to date with the alerts, visit the Flood Warning Information Service.

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