Five days after the worst tidal surge to hit our region in 60 years, dozens of people are still waiting to return to their homes.
Thames Coastguard has co ordinated a rescue involving Southwold & Aldeburgh lifeboats after 3 fishermen had to abandon their sinking boat
Severe flood warnings have been issued for large areas of East Anglia has high tides and strong winds threaten to swamp the coastline.
Police in Scotland have confirmed that a lorry driver, who died after his HGV was blown on top of two cars in West Lothian yesterday morning, was from Suffolk.
54 year old Robert Dellow from Lowestoft was travelling on the A801 just north of the Boghead Roadabout when his lorry overturned, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Four other motorists suffered minor injuries. A police investigation is underway.
Waveney District Council have confirmed the Oulton Broad road bridge in Lowestoft is to be closed shortly. The water levels are now too high for cars to cross safely.
Waveney District Council is urging residents in threatened properties to vacate as soon as possible.
Reports suggest that the tide is far higher, far earlier than expected and residents should not presume to wait until immediately before the predicted surge peak at around 11pm.
The rest centres in Lowestoft, Kessingland, Southwold and Carlton Colville are now open and receiving people.
Details can be found here.
Residents living in approximately 1000 properties on the Suffolk coastline are being encouraged to evacuate as a tidal surge travels down the county this evening.
Where possible, people living in the 14 severe flood risk areas, as identified by the Environment Agency, should make arrangements to stay with friends or family outside the affected areas.
Alternatively, the Suffolk Resilience Forum has identified four rest centres in the county for people who are likely to need to relocate as a result of flooding. The locations are as follows:
- Water Lane Leisure, Water Lane, Lowestoft, NR32 2NH
- Leiston Leisure Centre, Red House Lane, Leiston, IP16 4LS
- Brackenbury Sports Centre, High Road East, Felixstowe IP11 9JF
- Carlton Colville Village Hall, Hall Road, Carlton Colville Lowestoft NR33 8BT
Waveney District Council and their operational partners Waveney Norse are considering the closure of parks, footpaths and promenades as the threat of flooding escalates. Closures under consideration include:
- Nicholas Everitt Park and the Mutford Lock footpath in Oulton Broad
- Beccles Quay and Fen Park
- Lowestoft beach promenade
In addition, signage will be placed in various locations, such as Southwold Harbour, warning people to keep their distance from areas which may be susceptible to flooding.
– Council Leader Colin Law
"We must take every precaution to ensure public safety. This weather event is not a show for people to watch and enjoy, it is a serious situation which needs to be managed very carefully and the wellbeing of our communities is a top priority."