The impact of last night’s surge is being assessed as the authorities prepare for the risk of further flooding today (Friday, December 6).
The Environment Agency has confirmed that flood warnings have been reduced from severe flood warnings to flood warnings, however the advice remains that people who have been evacuated should continue to stay away from their homes until they are told it is safe to return.
Deputy Chief Const Charlie Hall, who is leading the multi-agency response said: “This has been a serious incident which could have been far worse had it not been for the support and cooperation of the public and all the agencies working to keep people safe.
“In places, water levels were higher than those experienced in the flooding of 1953, when many people lost their lives. Thankfully that has not been the case on this occasion, a combination of improved defences in place and the concerted efforts of the community, the emergency services and the agencies that have worked to support the evacuation and keep people informed.
“The widespread evacuation was based on the high risk of severe flooding and was essential in ensuring the public’s safety. A night time rescue operation would have placed both the public and emergency services at far greater risk.”
With two high tides still to come police are reminding those who have been evacuated not to return home until they are told it is safe to do so.
Advice offered by Public Health Norfolk to those already affected by the flooding includes :
- If you’re caught in a flood, do not consume food that has been contaminated by flood waters.
- Do not let young children play in flood water and try to avoid coming into contact with flood water.
- If you do come in contact with flood water, wash hands using clean water and soap and be aware of young children putting their hands in their mouth. Washing hands is the best way to get rid of bugs.
- Keep in touch with elderly and vulnerable friends, family and neighbours in affected areas, ask about their welfare and offer assistance when possible.