March 12 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, December 5, 2013
A council leader has said the authority is “gearing up for a critical situation” following the news up to 1,000 homes and businesses could be evacuated today.
Severe flood warnings have been issued for large areas of East Anglia as high tides and strong winds threaten to swamp the coastline.
The Environment Agency has issued 28 alerts for the region, warning of severe flooding and danger to life, while around 1,000 homes and businesses in the region are preparing for evacuation today.
Residents in areas including West Mersea in Essex, Southwold and Thorpeness in Suffolk, the Riverside Business park in Lowestoft, Suffolk, and along the Bure and Yare rivers in Great Yarmouth are likely to be affected.
Colin Law, Leader of Waveney District Council, issued the following statement in response to the growing tension over the severe weather.
“We are gearing up for a critical situation and, having regularly practiced emergency plan scenarios, we are taking absolutely nothing for granted,” he said.
“Our operational teams are working closely with our colleagues at the County Council, Environment Agency and the emergency services to prioritise the safety of our communities and to support them wherever it is needed.
The council and their operational partners Waveney Norse are considering the closure of parks, footpaths and promenades as the threat of flooding escalates.
With predictions of flooding across the Suffolk Coast and along tidal rivers, the council is taking every precaution to ensure public safety.
Closures under consideration include:
Nicholas Everitt Park and the Mutford Lock footpath in Oulton Broad
Beccles Quay and Fen Park
Lowestoft beach promenade
In addition, signage will be placed in various locations, such as Southwold Harbour, warning people to keep their distance from areas which may be susceptible to flooding.
Mr Law added: “We must take every precaution to ensure public safety. This weather event is not a show for people to watch and enjoy, it is a serious situation which needs to be managed very carefully and the wellbeing of our communities is a top priority.”