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Thousands of residents evacuated in multi-agency response

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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.

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.

The following rest centres remain open: Flegg High, Martham Primary, Caister High, Cliff Park 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.

"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.”

– Norfolk’s Deputy Chief Constable Charlie Hall

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