The public should be on the alert for any further warnings from the Environment Agency.

6 December 2013 I 02:10

Cromer Pier has been closed this evening, in the interests of public safety, as a result of damaged sustained during this evening’s storm.

Elsewhere in North Norfolk, rest centres in Holt and Wells are now shut as they are no longer needed.

The Lighthouse at Walcott remains open and is busy and, as a result, people are being directed, where possible, to Stalham Sports Hall where there is more capacity. Currently there is a total of 50-60 people based at the Stalham and Walcott centres.

There has been some damage to shops and cafes in Wells, but shop owners are aware and premises are being boarded up.

 

 

6 December 2013 I 01:30

Walkers are being urged to avoid part of the north-west Norfolk coast between Hunstanton and Snettisham following reports overnight of crumbling cliffs.

The issue has been reported from the shingle bank along the coastline between Hunstanton and Snettisham.

The area, which is too great a distance to be closed, is currently considered dangerous to walkers, with a risk of further erosion under foot.

There is also damage to shingle bank and concerns of re-flooding. Road closures in this area remain in place.

The rest centre in Hunstanton remains open and residents are asked to follow the latest guidance from police and local authorities.

In King’s Lynn, some properties in King Street have been affected by flooding and are currently being pumped out.

Road closures remain in place on South Quay, with limited access to Baker Lane via the Saturday Market Place. Traffic lights are in place. Tuesday Market Place and Kings Street can be accessed via the Railway Road entrance.

 

6 December 2013 I 00:25

Police in Yarmouth are urging ‘sightseers’ – who are placing their safety at significant risk – to avoid the seafront and North Quay areas of the town.

Police are highlighting three main areas of concern:

People still trying to drive and walk across the flooded area of North Quay, which is now closed because of significant water ingress.  Pedestrians, in particular, are at risk from walking through the flood water, which can conceal open manholes and dangerous obstructions, with the water frequently containing sewerage.

In the Gorleston area, from Riverside Road to the Ocean Rooms, and on to the beach and amusements, large crowds – including people with small children on their shoulders – are gathering very close to the seafront. There are serious concerns for their safety and police officers will be visiting this area to urge these groups away from danger.

Haven Bridge is also now closed and people are standing on the bridge trying to get a better view of the flooding.

Chief Inspector Kate Thacker said: “Some of these people have no concept of the danger they are putting themselves in and we are urging pedestrians to keep away from the flood water and sea front and for traffic to avoid the town centre.

Acle New Road, between Breydon Bridge and North Quay has also recently been closed to traffic as a result of flood water.

 

 

5 December 2013 I 22:55

Evacuation is nearing completion in the Great Yarmouth area, with thousands either relocated to rest centres or staying with family and friends.

High tide was expected at approximately 10:30pm in this area and we would advise anyone who has not evacuated to do so.

So far rest/evacuation centres at Cliff Park High in Great Yarmouth and the Lighthouse Inn at Walcott are full with Acle Recreation Ground Centre and Stalham High School suggested as an alternatives respectively.

However, the following remain open:

Flegg High, Martham Primary, Caister High, Orimiston Venture Academy, Lynn Grove High, Hunstanton Community Centre, Alderman Peel High School in Wells;

  • Morston:          

Evacuation Centre – Morston Village Hall

Rest centre – Holt Community Hub

  • Blakeney:      

Evacuation Centre – Blakeney Village Hall lakeney:                         

Rest centre – Holt Community Hub

  • Cley:                 

Evacuation Centre – Cley Village Hall cley:                                           

Rest centre – Holt Community Hub

  • Salthouse:      

Evacuation Centre – British Columbia Hall </althouse:    

Rest centre – Holt Community Hub

  • Walcott:             

Rest centre – Stalham High School

Bridges in the King’s Lynn area affected include the Lynn Road river bridge at Wiggenhall St Germans and the Purfleet Bridge adjacent to the Custom’s House.  Both have been closed until further notice.

 

The following advice is offered for those evacuating: 

  • Stay calm and do not panic.
  • Police officers and / or other officials will visit all properties at risk to advise on the requirement to evacuate.
  • If road conditions permit, move vehicles to unaffected areas for example higher ground and ask friends / family if you can share their parking facilities.
  • You will hear about your evacuation point for transport and the location of the reception centre either verbally or by a leaflet.
  • Try to check that any elderly / vulnerable family members or neighbours know about the evacuation.
  • Try to inform family members / friends as to where you are evacuating.
  • Listen to the advice of the authorities and follow any instructions to leave the property.
  • Take special foods and medicines;
  • Switch off gas and electricity.
  • If possible, move electrical equipment and furniture upstairs.
  • Any furniture that you cannot move upstairs, try to raise well off the floor.
  • Do not forget to lock all doors and windows.
  • Block doorways and air bricks – sandbags are available via some local authorities
  • Avoid walking and driving through floodwater, there could be hidden hazards.

The multi agency response continues with partners from areas including local authorities, emergency services, health, and volunteers (including Flood Wardens).

Norfolk Fire and Rescue service have this evening assisted a woman form a barge in King’s Lynn and are currently helping to evacuate a number of residents in the Walcott area.

Norfolk County Council staff will also be working through the night to support the multi-agency response.

As well as working with Borough and District Councils on the safe evacuation of thousands of people, the County Council has been checking on the welfare of older and vulnerable people, and making plans to ensure that vital support continues during the emergency.

The County Council also has farm livestock welfare responsibilities, and has been contacting the farming community to provide advice on the movement of livestock.

Public Health Norfolk are advising residents in affected areas who may have long term health conditions to think about their medication needs over the next 72 hours.

Norfolk’s Deputy Chief Constable Charlie Hall, who is leading the multi-agency response, said: "Staff from all agencies will continue to work together throughout the night to provide reassurance and support to the local community. Police officers, staff and special constables will patrol affected areas overnight.

"The message to residents remains the same to listen to expert advice and not return to properties if you have been asked to evacuate.

"We understand people may be anxious, maybe even unsure about following such guidance, however, we would like to stress to residents that such disruptions are absolutely necessary.  

"We need to ensure the safety of everyone involved and for the evacuation to be conducted in a planned and organised manner.”

 

 

5 December 2013 I 20:20

Agencies across the county continue to work together to assist the thousands of residents caught up in the evacuation process following the severe flood warnings.

Evacuation centres remain open in coastal areas for those who have been unable to seek refuge with friends or family.

With the floods expected to be higher than the severe storms of 2007, agencies in Norfolk including the police, fire service, health and local councils have been working together to ensure a joined up response.

The next high tide is expected shortly before 10.30pm in Great Yarmouth.

Residents who are using the rest centre facilities are reminded to stay calm and listen to the advice of the authorities and the rest centre staff.

With at least three high tides expected they should not attempt to return home until advised that it is safe to do so.

A number of offers of help have been received from well-meaning members of  the public, however, at this time we do not require extra support.

Police officers, staff and partner agencies, including fire officers are aiming to have visited around 9,000 properties in the Great Yarmouth area within the next hour. Some 500 properties have been visited in the King’s Lynn area and 500 in North Norfolk.

Officers from neighbouring counties, alongside local military and  fire and rescue personnel, are also assisting members of the public with the evacuation process.

Norfolk County Council staff will also be working through the night to support the multi-agency response.

As well as working with Borough and District Councils on the safe evacuation of thousands of people, the County Council has been checking on the welfare of older and vulnerable people, and making plans to ensure that vital support continues during the emergency.

The County Council also has farm livestock welfare responsibilities, and has been contacting the farming community to provide advice on the movement of livestock.

Public Health Norfolk are advising residents in affected areas who may have long term health conditions to think about their medication needs over the next 72 hours.

The following rest centres remain open:

Flegg High, Martham Primary, Caister High, Orimiston Venture Academy, Lynn Grove High, Hunstanton Community Centre, Alderman Peel High School in Wells;

  • Morston:     

Evacuation Centre – Morston Village Hall

Rest centre – Holt Community Hub

  • Blakeney:    

Evacuation Centre – Blakeney Village Hall

Rest centre – Holt Community Hub

  • Cley:             

Evacuation Centre – Cley Village Hall

Rest centre – Holt Community Hub

  • Salthouse:  

Evacuation Centre – British Columbia Hall

Rest centre – Holt Community Hub

  • Walcott:        

Evacuation Centre – Lighthouse Public House

Rest centre – Stalham High School

The rest centre at Cliff Park High School is full.

 

Highways teams are on standby to work with the police to set up and man road closures wherever this becomes necessary.

Gritters have been carrying out a full gritting run and extra highways teams are in depots ready to respond as needed, while others are on standby.

Norfolk’s Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) has responded to a number of weather related incidents during the course of the day including fallen trees, collapsed chimney stacks and tiles blown off roofs.

Norfolk’s Deputy Chief Constable Charlie Hall, who is leading the multi-agency response, said: "Staff from all agencies will be working together throughout the night to provide reassurance and support to the local community.

"The message to residents remains the same to take the expert advice and leave their properties if asked to do so. </

 "We understand people may be anxious, maybe even unsure about following such guidance, however, we would like to stress to residents that such disruptions are absolutely necessary.   </

 "We need to ensure the safety of everyone involved and for the evacuation to be conducted in a planned and organised manner.” </

The following advice is offered for those preparing for evacuation: 

 

  • Stay calm and do not panic.
  • Police officers and / or other officials will visit all properties at risk to advise on the requirement to evacuate.
  • If road conditions permit, move vehicles to unaffected areas for example higher ground and ask friends / family if you can share their parking facilities.
  • You will hear about your evacuation point for transport and the location of the reception centre either verbally or by a leaflet.
  • Try to check that any elderly / vulnerable family members or neighbours know about the evacuation.
  • Try to inform family members / friends as to where you are evacuating.
  • Listen to the advice of the authorities and follow any instructions to leave the property.
  • Take special foods and medicines;
  • Switch off gas and electricity.
  • If possible, move electrical equipment and furniture upstairs.
  • Any furniture that you cannot move upstairs, try to raise well off the floor.
  • Do not forget to lock all doors and windows.
  • Block doorways and air bricks – sandbags are available via some local authorities
  • Avoid walking and driving through floodwater, there could be hidden hazards.

 

Residents in the areas likely to be affected are advised to review advice from the Environment Agency on preparing your property for flooding:http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31644.aspx and take all necessary steps.

People can also find out more information by calling the Agency’s Floodline on 0845 988 1188.

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