More than a thousand homes in Suffolk could be evacuated after a series of flood warnings were issued along the East coast.
A number of areas in the county are believed to be at high risk of 'severe flooding' tomorrow (Friday 13) due to a predicted storm surge caused by high tides and strong winds.
As a result, Suffolk Police have urged people living in the affected areas to make arrangements to stay with family or friends or make use of rest centres that have been set up in safe locations.
Which places are at risk?
It's expected that the greatest risk of flooding will come at two points tomorrow.
The first batch will affect the southern parts of the county more and is expected to occur at around midday.
A second surge is forecast to arrive at 9pm and will affect more northerly areas.
- Felixstowe Ferry and Bawdsey Quay (12pm)
- Felixstowe Ferry Hamlet and the Deben Marshes (12pm)
- Isolated riverside properties on the Deben Estuary (12pm)
- Tidal Orwell at Ipswich Quay (12pm)
- Lowestoft seafront and docks (9pm)
- North bank of Lake Lothing (9pm)
- Oulton Broad near Mutford Lock (9pm)
- Snape, Iken and surrounding marshland (9pm)
- Southwold and surrounding marshes (9pm)
Where have rest centres been set up?
Rest centres have been set up across the county to help cater for people who need to leave their homes.
They're in the following locations:
- Brackenbury Sports Centre, High Road East, Felixstowe, IP11 9JF (open from 8am)
- Leiston Leisure Centre, Red House Lane, Leiston, IP16 4LS (open from 2pm)
- Water Lane Leisure Centre, Water Lane, Lowestoft, NR32 2NH (open from 2pm)
- Carlton Colville Community Centre, Hall Road, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft, NR33 8BT (open from 2pm)
A special Suffolk County Council helpline has also been set up for anyone who needs help with transport to rest centres, and will be a active from 8am.
The number is: 03456 032814
What advice has been given?
Police will be visiting homes in the affected areas between now and tomorrow morning with details of local rest centres and an information leaflet.
The following advice has been issued for those who are set to be evacuated:
- Stay calm and do not panic.
- Police officers and / or other officials will try to visit all properties at risk to advise on the requirement to evacuate.
- If road conditions permit, move vehicles to unaffected areas for example higher ground and ask friends / family if you can share their parking facilities.
- You will hear about your evacuation point for transport and the location of the reception centre either verbally or by a leaflet.
- Try to check that any elderly / vulnerable family members or neighbours know about the evacuation.
- Try to inform family members / friends as to where you are evacuating.
- Listen to the advice of the authorities and follow any instructions to leave the property.
- Take special foods and medicines.
- Switch off gas and electricity.
- If possible, move electrical equipment and furniture upstairs.
- Any furniture that you cannot move upstairs, try to raise well off the floor.
- Do not forget to lock all doors and windows.
- Block doorways and air bricks – sandbags are not available via local authorities.
- Avoid walking and driving through floodwater, there could be hidden hazards.