Flooding hits the East of England

The big clean up is underway after one of the biggest storm surges since 1953 hit the region last week. Thousands were evacuated from their homes and power was lost in many parts of the region. Transport networks also suffered.

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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.

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