Evacuation of 500 homes has begun in Snettisham, Heacham and south Hunstanton ahead of the predicted tidal surge on its way to the area this evening.
The Environment Agency has warned that the east coast of England should be braced for the most serious tidal surge since the devastating 1953 floods.
Homes all round the Norfolk coastline are being cleared.
Police are going door-to-door issuing 36-48 hour evacuation notice, which covers three anticipated high tides.
Where possible people are being asked to make arrangements to stay with friends or relatives who do not live in the affected areas.
For those who cannot do this, rest centres, including one at Hunstanton Community Centre, are being set up.
The South Quay car park in King’s Lynn along the quay side will be closed from 3pm. Anyone parking their car is asked to remove it before this time.
Advice for residents includes:
· Residents are reminded to take any medication and valuables they may need with them when they leave
· Members of the public are asked never to wade through any flood water, even if it is still. Drain covers can shift during flooding and pose a danger to anyone wading through the area.
· Members of the public are asked to stay away from flooding areas, particularly riversides and seaside areas. Road closures will be in place for public safety and pedestrians are also strongly advised to avoid these areas.
Indications are that high tides are likely to start in Lynn at around 7pm today before affecting the other mentioned areas.
Charlie Hall, Norfolk’s Deputy Chief Constable who is leading the multi-agency response, said: “Anyone living in a high risk area as identified by the Environment Agency will be asked to evacuate.
“This is to ensure the safety of everyone involved and for the evacuation to be conducted in a planned and organised manner.
“We would like to reassure residents that Norfolk has tried and tested flood response plans which are being put in place, in line with Environment Agency advice.”
Property owners that they will receive a personal visit from a police officer or member of police staff should they be required to evacuate.
It is anticipated disruption is likely to last for 36 hours and local communities will be kept updated throughout.
The public should be on the alert for any further warnings from the Environment Agency.
People in affected locations should call the Environment Agency’s Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for further information.
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