Emergency flood response plans are being put in place across West Norfolk as the Environment Agency issues flood warnings for all of our coastline.
Specific flood warnings have been issued for areas of Hunstanton, Heacham, Snettisham and parts of Lynn but flooding could affect the entire stretch of the River Great Ouse between Denver and Lynn and the coast between Lynn and Hunstanton.
The risk period is expected to be between 7pm and 8pm tonight, Thursday, December 5.
Areas particularly at risk include:
* Locations along South Beach Road and Seagate Road, Hunstanton. Access may be affected on Bishop’s Road near the roundabout in Hunstanton
* Properties along the sea front at Heacham. Properties and caravan parks on North Beach and South Beach Road as well as Jubilee Road between the defences
* Properties in front of the flood defences, along the sea front at Snettisham
* Properties between the sea defences at Shepherd’s Port, Snettisham. Caravan parks at risk are Shepherds Port and Snettisham.
* Areas close to the River Great Ouse at Lynn, from the relief channel to Riverside Industrial Estate
A Norfolk Police statement said: “For the past 24 hours agencies in Norfolk, including emergency services and all local authorities, have been working with the Environment Agency to put well-rehearsed contingency plans in place to respond to the flood risk and protect those communities affected.
“The public should be on the alert for any further warnings from the Environment Agency.
“Any households directly affected will be contacted in person, in due course, according to their local flood management plan.
“It is anticipated disruption is likely to last for 36 hours and local communities will be kept updated throughout.”
Residents are being urged to call the Environment Agency’s Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for further information.
Charlie Hall, Norfolk’s Deputy Chief Constable, who is leading the multi-agency response, said: “Norfolk has tried and tested flood response plans which are currently in the process of being activated, in line with Environment Agency advice.
“A multi-agency co-ordinating group has been convened twice to ensure appropriate plans and resources are in place.
“The group is planning for potential disruption for a prolonged period of up to 36 hours and households in those affected areas should be mindful of this.”
For further information tune in or log on to local media outlets or follow @norfolkpolice #floodaware #norfolk on Twitter or visit the Environment Agency website.
Residents and businesses have been asked to only call 999 if someone’s life is in danger, if there is a risk that someone could seriously hurt themselves or someone else or if a crime is happening or about to happen.
The flood risk stretches around the coast as far as Great Yarmouth.