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.
Families left homeless in Norfolk after last week's tidal surge have described how community support has helped them through the ordeal.
The Suffolk Resilience Forum has formally called an end to the major incident that was declared in response to the tidal surge.
Thinking about returning home after the floods? Get the latest advice from Suffolk Coastal District Council.