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Urgent call for flood defence work in Suffolk seaside town

Flooding in the town centre of Lowestoft during the storm surge of December 2013. Credit: Paul Nichols

The Waveney MP has called on the government to start work on protecting Lowestoft from the kind of storm surge that hit the town in December 2013.

Conservative MP Peter Aldous urged the Environment Secretary, Norfolk MP Liz Truss, to ensure that a flood alleviation scheme starts in 2015.

He said it would protect businesses from flooding and bring new investment and jobs to the town.

“This work is very important to the future of Lowestoft. It will provide long term protection to those residents and businesses who were so badly affected by last December’s Storm Surge and will also give proper protection to the area surrounding the port, thereby enabling vital investment to take place which will help bring jobs to the town."

– Peter Aldous MP

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Flood warning issued for Felixstowe in Suffolk

A Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for Felixstowe Ferry and Bawdsey Quay.

Felixstowe pier on a calmer day in April 2014. Credit: Kirsty Marsh

"Properties are expected to flood at Bawdsey Quay and in front of the flood defences at Felixstowe Ferry. We are expecting high tide levels due to a combination of a tidal surge and high winds. This warning is in force until 1:30am on the 22 October 2014. We will continue to monitor levels closely."

– Environment Agency

The forecast high water is due at Harwich at 11.30pm on 21 October 2014.

By 1pm, the Environment Agency had issued two Flood Warnings and seven of the lower level Flood Alert

Flood warning issued for Walcott on the Norfolk coast

A Flood Warning has been issued for the Norfolk coast near Walcott. Credit: PA

The Environment Agency has issued its first Flood Warning for the Norfolk coast for the ex-Hurricane Gonzalo storm which is battering parts of the UK.

Walcott on the Norfolk coast between Cromer and Great Yarmouth has been prone to coastal flooding in the past.

The Flood Warning covers the Norfolk Coast from Keswick to Ostend including Walcott.

"We are expecting high tide levels due to a combination of a tidal surge and high winds.

"Properties are at risk on Sea View, Ann Stannard Way, Keswick Way, Walcott Road in Keswick. The Coast Road, St Helen's Road, Helena Road, Poplar Drive, Archibald Drive, Lynton Road, The Crescent and Ostend Place in Walcott. Seaview Crescent, Ostend Gap, Ostend Road and Horizon Views in Ostend."

– Environment Agency

The forecast high water is due at Cromer at 6:45pm on the 21 October 2014.

Lower level Flood Alerts have been issued for Lowestoft to Bawdsey in Suffolk, Southwold and Great Yarmouth.

High tide times around the East Anglian coast

These are the high tide times for locations around the coast of East Anglia on Tuesday 21 October 2014.

  • 5.44 pm at Hunstanton, Norfolk
  • 5.56 pm at King's Lynn, Norfolk
  • 6.09 pm at Cromer, Norfolk
  • 8.20 pm at Great Yarmouth Britannia Pier
  • 8.50 pm at Gorleston, Norfolk
  • 9.21 pm at Lowestoft, Suffolk
  • 11.17 pm at Felixstowe, Suffolk
  • 11.17 pm at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
  • 11.28 pm at Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
  • 00.08 am at Southend-on-Sea, Essex

Flood alert issued in Great Yarmouth for evening high tide

A flood alert has been issued for Great Yarmouth in Norfolk Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive

The Environment Agency has issued a Flood Alert for the Great Yarmouth area for Tuesday evening's high tide at 9.30pm.

A Flood Alert is the lowest form of warning and means be prepared because flooding is possible.

"We are expecting high tide levels due to a combination of a tidal surge and high winds. We are expecting to issue this alert again for Wednesday morning's tide. The forecast high water is due at Great Yarmouth at 9:30pm on the 21st October 2014. The predicted astronomical tide level is 0.86 m AODN. The forecast surge height is 1.12 m. The forecast tide level is 1.98 m AODN. The forecast wind direction is West North West. The forecast wind strength is force 9.

– Environment Agency

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Latest flood warnings in the Anglia region

At 8am on Tuesday there were three Flood Warnings in place in the Anglia region. Credit: PA

On Tuesday morning the Environment Agency had issued three flood warnings and nine flood alerts in the Anglia region.

Sunday night and Monday saw many areas in the Anglia region receiving nearly a month's worth of rain. Wattisham in Suffolk had its wettest October day since records began there in 1959.

Environment Agency Flood Warnings

  • The Mardyke from North Stifford to Purfleet in Essex
  • Flooding is expected for Hamerton, Upton, Alconbury, Alconbury Weston and Ellington
  • The River Wid from Ingatestone to, and including Writtle.

Flood warning issued on the River Wid in Essex

A Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Wid in Essex Credit: PA

A Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Wid from Ingatestone to, and including Writtle.

Flooding is expected for Stock Lane, Ingatestone is at risk and properties at Hylands Mill and around Writtle Bridge.

"We are seeing high river levels on the River Wid due to last night's rain. The peak of the river is now near Wardropers. River levels are likely to continue to rise. Over the next 6 hours the forecast is for light rain. We will continue to monitor levels closely."

– Environment Agency

There are also lower level Flood Alerts in place for several rivers elsewhere in Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.

  • River Box and Brett near Boxford and Lavenham in Suffolk
  • Mardyke at Purfleet in Essex
  • Suffolk Coastal rivers
  • Rattlesden River and River Gipping through Stowmarket and Needham Market in Suffolk
  • River Bure and Spixworth Beck in Norfolk
  • River Wid and Can in Essex
  • River Crouch at Runwell and Wickford in Essex

Pictures: Torrential rain floods Ely train station

Torrential downpours over the weekend brought flash flooding to many parts of the Anglia region.

This is how it looked at Ely train station yesterday. Amanda Fay sent in these two pictures to our Facebook page.

Ely train station flooded. Credit: Amanda Fay
Parts of Ely train station closed off due to flooding. Credit: Amanda Fay
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