Council chiefs have used the first anniversary of the tidal surge to urge residents to ensure they are properly protected against the risks from the elements.
The question of how communities can protect themselves from flooding has been under renewed focus following last week’s announcement of £7 million of government investment towards flood defence projects in West Norfolk.
Brian Long, West Norfolk Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for environment, made the call during commemorations of the anniversary on Friday.
He said: “Last December’s tidal surge was something of an extraordinary event, but it did show how vulnerable this coastline can be to flooding.
“I would urge people who live in areas at risk of flooding to sign up to the Environment Agency’s free Floodline Warnings Direct service to receive information about flood warnings by phone, text or email.
“I also urge them to create their own evacuation plans and look at ways to protect themselves, their possessions and their property.”
The Environment Agency’s Floodline number for information about flood risks is 0345 9881188.