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Where can I get sandbags? Advice and information for communities threatened by floods

Police have issued advice to communities. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

What if I don't have transport to get to a rest centre? And where can I get sandbags?

Police on the east coast have issued advice and important information for communities at risk from today's high tides.

Suffolk: This evening's high tide is thought to pose the greatest risk - beginning at 9.30pm.

Severe flooding expected from 9.30pm in:

  • Aldeburgh and Thorpeness
  • Lowestoft seafront and docks
  • North bank of Lake Lothing
  • Oulton Broad near Mutford Lock
  • Snape, Iken and surrounding marshland
  • Southwold and surrounding marshes

Rest centres will open from 2pm in the following locations:

  • Leiston Leisure Centre Red House Lane, Leiston IP16 4LS
  • Water Lane Leisure Centre, Water Lane, Lowestoft NR32 2NH
  • Carlton Colville Community Centre, Hall Road, Carlton Colville Lowestoft NR33 8BT

For people without transport, coach pick-ups will be available from 2pm at these locations:

  • Aldeburgh - Community Centre - to take people to Leiston rest centre
  • Snape – Snape Maltings - to take people to Leiston rest centre
  • Lowestoft North – Lowestoft Railway station – to take people to Water Lane rest centre
  • Lowestoft South – South Beach Pavilion – to take people to Carlton Colville rest centre
  • Oulton – Nicholas Everitt Park – to take people to Carlton Colville rest centre
  • Southwold – Car Park by Southwold Pier shuttle bus – to take people to Carlton Colville rest centre
Severe flood warnings are in place in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. Credit: Press Association.

Suffolk County Council has set up a helpline: 03456 032814.

Norfolk: High water is expected to peak at 9.15pm at Great Yarmouth and disruption is likely to last 12 hours.

Police warn these places are at the greatest risk:

  • Great Yarmouth
  • Wells
  • Walcott
  • Salthouse
  • King's Lynn

In Great Yarmouth, Caister, Southdown and Cobholm, around 5,000 properties are being evacuated.

Rest centres have been set up at:

  • Cliff Park Academy, Kennedy Avenue, Gorleston, NR31 6TA
  • Ormiston Venture Academy, Oriel Avenue, Gorleston, NR31 7JJ
  • Christ Church, King Street, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2HL
A sandbag point in Gorleston. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council is providing sand and bags - although people must be able to fill them themselves and bring a spade along.

They are available here:

  • Brush Quay, Gorleston
  • Beach Coach Station car park, Great Yarmouth
  • The car park at Cobholm, off Pasteur Road, close to Topps Tiles
  • South Quay, opposite Friars Lane, Great Yarmouth
  • Runham, on the corner of Runham Road and North River Road.

The flood barrier at Wells has been closed and Pinewood Caravan Park in King's Lynn has been evacuated.

Between 20 and 30 properties are thought to be at risk in Walcott. Council officers are out in Salthouse, Walcott and Wells working with community flood warnings. They will offer advice and will contact households if evacuation is deemed necessary.

Gerenal advice from police:

  • Stay calm and do not panic.
  • Police officers and / or other officials will try to 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 be given details 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 with you.
  • 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.
  • Lock all doors and windows.
  • Block doorways and air bricks – sandbags are not available via local authorities
  • Avoid walking and driving through floodwater, there could be hidden hazards.

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