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Flood alerts have been issued ahead of expected higher than normal tides along the West Norfolk coast.

Officials say flood gates in Hunstanton will be closed ahead of the forecast peak of the waves tomorrow morning.

Three separate flood alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency this morning – covering Lynn, West Lynn and the Wash frontage, the coast from Lynn to Heacham and the Hunstanton coastal area.

Flood alerts have been issued in expectation of higher than normal tide levels tomorrow.
Flood alerts have been issued in expectation of higher than normal tide levels tomorrow.

A separate alert, warning of minor flooding in the coastal area from Old Hunstanton to Cley, was issued this afternoon.

The agency said: "Tides are expected to be higher than usual as a result of a low pressure surge and strong North-Westerly Winds.

"Tides will be at their highest at 07:30 tomorrow morning, Thursday 21 October 2021.

"Flooding along coastal areas is possible at this time, however conditions may apply two to four hours either side of the high tide."

Force seven winds are expected and the agency says it "expects" flooding to affect the Hunstanton seafront, as well as Lynn, West Lynn, Clenchwarton, Terrington St Clement, Walpole Cross Keys and Tilney All Saints, plus Heacham, Snettisham, Ingoldisthorpe, Dersingham and Wolferton.

The Hunstanton area warning added: "Please note the Local Authority are closing the flood gates at Hunstanton which will make access difficult."



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