Residents living in the Hunstanton and Heacham areas are being urged to be vigilant amid fears that strong winds and high tides could cause severe flooding over the next 48 hours.
Environment Agency officials this afternoon, Wednesday December 4, announced that they were preparing to issue flood warnings for tides on Thursday night and Friday.
The agency says that a combination of strong north-westerly winds, which are expected to reach gale force, and the tides could cause severe coastal flooding across East Anglia. Hunstanton and Heacham have been named among several areas across the region that are thought to be most at risk.
Staff have been checking coastal defences throughout the day and officials admit they are concerned about the situation.
Regional director Sue Longstone said: “Once the situation is more definite we will be issuing flood warnings if appropriate, but now is the time for people to check if they are prepared in case of flooding and to keep a close eye on their local situation.
“We would especially like people to think about any vulnerable neighbours. If we do confirm the risk of flooding in your area, please consider how you could help them to prepare as well.”
Residents can keep up to date with the latest information by dialling the agency’s floodline on 0845 9881188. Warnings are also updated at www.environment-agency.gov.uk.