Five flood warnings have been issued along the West Norfolk coast this morning, Thursday December 5, as the area braces itself for an expected tidal surge tonight.
The Environment Agency issued the warnings between 5 and 6am today for coastal areas at Old Hunstanton, Thornham, Burnham, Brancaster and Brancaster Staithe, ahead of the expected high tide at around 8pm this evening.
Officials first revealed yesterday afternoon that they were concerned about the increased risk of flooding caused by a combination of high tides and strong north-westerly winds.
A flood alert for the tidal River Great Ouse between Denver and Lynn and coastal areas between Lynn and Hunstanton, which was issued last night, remains in force. However, most of the worst flood warnings in Norfolk, at the severe level, are currently affecting the eastern part of the county.
Environment Agency staff were checking flood defences across the region throughout the day yesterday ahead of the storm and workers are currently on Lynn’s South Quay preparing for the surge.
West Norfolk Council officers are asking drivers not to park along the South Quay after 3pm this afternoon and the Lynn pedestrian ferry is not running at all today.
Residents can keep up to date with the latest information by calling the agency’s Floodline on 0845 9881188 or visiting environment-agency.gov.uk.