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Flood advice for those 'at risk' in Essex

Advice is being made available for Jaywick residents. Credit: ITV Anglia

Just a few weeks after 400 homes were evacuated in Jaywick in Essex, the local council is offering residents flooding advice.

Most people were taken to a temporary refuge centre at Clacton Coastal Academy, but many homes were just minutes from being inundated.

Lynda McWilliams, Tendring District Council's Cabinet member for Health and Community Safety, said: "The night of December 5 will still be very fresh in many residents' minds in Jaywick.

"I think that event changed people's attitudes and they will be very receptive to find out more about what they can do to protect themselves, their families and their property"

The advice session will be held at Jaywick Resource Centre in Brooklands Gardens on January 21 from 10am to 4pm.

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200 people spend the night at Clacton County High School

Buses take residents to Clacton County High School.

Clacton County High School is going to close tomorrow as it continues to care for those who have been evacuated from their homes in Jaywick in Essex. Around 200 people are sleeping at the school tonight.

The RSPCA have been working with Tendering District Council to put around 40 dogs into kennels overnight.

Hundreds of Police remain in Jaywick monitoring the situation overnight.

St John Ambulance provides support to Jaywick evacuation

Volunteers from St John Ambulance have been called in to support the evacuation of residents from around 60 streets in Jaywick this evening.

Residents have been advised to leave their homes as part of an evacuation of properties identified to be at risk, after the Environment Agency issued a severe flood warning for the area.

St John Ambulance has provided four ambulances and eight first aiders. The crews will be helping transport people from the area, particularly the elderly, to alternative accommodation or to the rest centre set up at Clacton County High School.

First evacuees arrive at Jaywick rest centre

The first evacuees from Jaywick are starting to arrive at Clacton County High School which has been set up as a rest centre for those who could be affected by flooding on the Tendring coastline tonight.

Residents from more than 60 streets around Jaywick have been advised to leave their homes as part of an evacuation of properties identified to be at risk.

The evacuation is being carried out by Essex Police and their partners while Tendring District Council (TDC) has set up the rest centre at the school.

The school has agreed to take around 1,000 people if necessary and will be closed to pupils tomorrow to accommodate the Jaywick residents.

The rest centres will have medical professionals available on site.

Residents in all coastal areas could find themselves at risk of flooding and are advised to follow the flooding advice by Essex Police.


A man has died following a collision in north-east Essex

A man has died in a London hospital following a road crash in north-east Essex.

The collision happened in Jaywick when a pedestrian was struck by a yellow Ford Focuscar on Broadway just after 8am on Monday, July 8.

The 55-year-old local man was airlifted to Royal London Hospital, but died there on Tuesday, July 16.The Focus driver, a 71-year-old man from the Clacton area was arrested at the scene on suspicion of committing motoring offences and later released on police bail.

A section of the road was closed for four hours while forensic collision investigators carried out their work to ascertain what may have caused the crash.

£1.3m to improve empty Jaywick properties

A Government grant of £1.3m is to be spent on improving homes in Jaywick by bringing empty properties back into use.

The money will be used to revamp properties which have been empty for a year or more.

Paul Honeywood from Tendring District Council said: "This pot of money was brought forward last October and I have been looking for innovative ways to use it to help regenerate Jaywick," he said.

"It needs to be spent wisely and in a way that will make the most difference to the community."

The Government put £60 million up for grabs in March 2012 and Tendring was one of 20 councils to receive funding.

It was available to those who had clusters of more than 100 empty homes and properties had to be vacant for at least a year to qualify for assistance.

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