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Evacuation notice issued for Hunstanton, Heacham and Snettisham due to high tides

The Environment Agency has issued a Precautionary Evacuation Notice (PEN) flood warning for Hunstanton, Heacham and Snettisham.

These flood warnings for tomorrow (Tuesday, October 1) cover caravans and properties that lie between the two sea defences on the West Norfolk Coast from Snettisham to Hunstanton.

The flood warnings are being issued because the combination of a high tide due at 8.40am tomorrow and north-westerly winds up to force 6 could result in flooding.

Flood damage at Snettisham Beach.. (18100831)
Flood damage at Snettisham Beach.. (18100831)

People should leave caravans and properties in the area between the hours of 7am and 10am and not return until it is safe to do so.

The EA said: "Please remember to take any medication, pets and anything urgent you may require in the next 48 hours with you. The evacuation is precautionary and is issued to allow an orderly and safe evacuation.

"If a rest centre is required then one will be opened a couple of hours before high water is due, for rest centre details please contact West Norfolk Council on 01553 616200.

Flood damage at Snettisham Beach.. (18100844)
Flood damage at Snettisham Beach.. (18100844)

"Please be careful along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads as large waves and sea spray could be dangerous and follow advice from emergency services."

People living in the affected areas should call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 for the latest flood warnings in their area.

Flood warnings are updated every 15 minutes on the Environment Agency website at https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings, where you can also sign up to receive flood warnings and alerts straight to your phone.

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