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'Take our warnings seriously' urges Environment Agency ahead of high tides

The Environment Agency has urged people on the West Norfolk coast not to be fooled by the current calm conditions.

Officials are in the process of going door to door in parts of Hunstanton, Heacham and Snettisham telling residents to evacuate their properties between 7am and 10am tomorrow (Tuesday).

As holidaymakers and locals walked their dogs along the beach, Paul Burrows, flood and coastal risk manager at the Environment Agency, admitted conditions this evening were calm.

But he said that did not make the flood warnings issued earlier today any less relevant.

Heacham beach this evening Credit: ITV News Anglia

"There are a lot of caravans in there and vulnerable people in between two lines of flood defences. If that flood defence was to breach, clearly there is a risk to life.

"Obviously the weather at the moment is looking really nice but that doesn't under-play the seriousness of the high tide tomorrow morning.

"There are 3,000 properties, mostly caravans, in that vulnerable area.

"Take the flood warnings seriously, consider your safety, leave your property for that period of time between 7am and 10am tomorrow morning and then come back safe and well."

– Paul Burrows, flood and coastal risk manager at the Environment Agency

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