Large parts of West Norfolk have been put on flood alert this evening, Wednesday December 4, amid fears over the potential impact of strong winds and high tides which are expected over the next 48 hours.
Formal flood alert notices have been issued by the Environment Agency for the tidal River Great Ouse between Denver and Lynn and coastal areas between Lynn and Hunstanton.
A statement posted by the Environment Agency a short time ago said: “The Thursday evening and Friday morning high tides will be affected by strong winds reaching up to 45mph.
“We expect this to create large waves and increase the probability of flooding. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates.”
A flood alert has also been issued for the north Norfolk coast from Old Hunstanton to Weybourne.
Lynn’s flood barriers are expected to be closed between 5 and 8pm tomorrow to deal with the surge. The operators of Lynn’s pedestrian ferry have already announced that they will not be running a service on Thursday because of the need to close the barriers.
Earlier this afternoon, agency officials warned that Hunstanton and Heacham were among the areas thought to be most at risk from the combination of high tides, which are expected to peak at around 4.83 metres, and the winds which could touch gale force. Staff have been checking coastal defences across East Anglia throughout the day.
Up to date information can be obtained by phoning the Environment Agency’s Floodline on 0845 9881188 or at www.environment-agency.gov.uk.