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Flood alert in place for King's Lynn, Hunstanton and West Norfolk villages

A flood alert is in place for Lynn and surrounding villages with tides expected to be higher than usual.

The Environment Agency has issued an alert at 10.50am today (Friday, September 18) with flooding possible in Lynn, West Lynn, Clenchwarton, Tilney All Saints, Terrington St Clement, Walpole Cross Keys, Hunstanton and Heacham.

Flooding to roads and farmland is expected while people are urged to be cautious along the beaches, coastal paths and promenades as large waves and sea spray could be dangerous. Strong winds are predicted.

A flood alert is in place for King's Lynn and other parts of West Norfolk today (Friday, September 18)
A flood alert is in place for King's Lynn and other parts of West Norfolk today (Friday, September 18)

The forecast wind direction is east north east with a wind strength of Force Five.

And the predicted astronomical tide level is 4.61metres above average sea level.

The alert states: "We are closely monitoring the situation, our incident response staff are checking defences and closing locks and flood gates.

"Be prepared to protect yourself, family, pets and property. Monitor local water levels and weather conditions. Get ready to act on your flood plan if you have one. Consider moving your car or other form of vehicle to higher ground if it is safe to do so.

"Prepare a flood kit of essential items including a torch with spare batteries, mobile phone and charger, warm clothes, home insurance documents, water, food first aid kit and any prescription medicines or baby care items you may need."

Farmers are also advised to consider moving livestock and equipment away from areas likely to flood.

The alert adds: "Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. 30cm of fast flowing water can move a car and six inches can knock an adult off their feet."

Flood water is dangerous and may be polluted so those who come into contact with it should wash their hands.

High tide is at 7.53pm tonight and 8.09am tomorrow morning (Saturday. September 19).

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