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    .... those of you in that region.

    Tidal surge sparks flood warning
    Press Assoc. - Thursday, November 8 07:39 pm

    Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has strengthened warnings of severe flooding over the next 48 hours from a tidal surge expected to hit the coast of England.

    The Environment Agency warned of a "major" tidal surge - rising from a combination of gale force winds and a high tide - to hit the east coast of England. Severe flood warnings are in place along much of the Norfolk, Suffolk and Kent coasts and across the Anglian region.

    The Dartford Creek and Thames barriers are due to close to defend against the surge, the agency said.

    In a brief statement to the Commons, Mr Benn warned of potentially serious flooding over the next 48 hours.

    Police are on standby in the areas most likely to be affected to co-ordinate the emergency response - including evacuation if necessary, he said.

    Mr Benn told MPs: "A tidal surge of up to three metres is making its way down the North Sea which could coincide with peak high tides. There is a risk of flood defences being over-topped on the coast and in tidal rivers, especially in East Anglia, particularly the Norfolk Broads and the coast south of Great Yarmouth including Lowestoft, and areas south of this as far as the coast of Kent."

    He added: "In the area as a whole there are currently six severe flood warnings, five flood warnings and 15 flood watches. There are also several flood warnings and flood watches in place in Yorkshire."

    An Environment Agency spokesman said the surge had been caused by gale force winds in Scotland making their way down the coast of England combined with a high tide.

    There are six severe flood warnings, five flood warnings and 22 flood watches nationally, covering North Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and the north Kent coast. The severe warnings are in place from Great Yarmouth down to the village of Shingle Street, and on parts of the River Bure and River Yare.

    The Environment Agency later extended its warning of possible flooding to people living along the length of the north-eastern, eastern and south coast of England.

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    My parents live in a village outside Boston, Lincolnshire. According to this - BBC NEWS | UK | The flood threat to England and Wales they are in the flood zone. Fortunately, they have a two storey house, but I do wonder if I should wake them up at this time of the morning to see what they are doing.

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    Phew, looks like it was a 'worst case scenario exericise' as the surge lost a lot of its height and momentum. My parents were on a flood alert but not evacuated, and had no idea where to go anyhow.



    Thousands go home after tide fear

    Thousands of people who left their homes amid fears of flooding are returning after the biggest tidal surge for half a century. Fears of widespread flooding in eastern England have diminished as tides peaked without major breaches of sea defences. The waters were nearly 8in (20cm) lower than originally feared and passed without causing major damage.

    Environment Secretary Hilary Benn said it had been a "close run thing" but that the worst was now over.

    The North Sea surge had been moving south during Friday, combining with high tides and strong winds to create flooding risks along the coast.

    Residents on the Kent coast had been told to remain vigilant due to high tides on Friday afternoon, but no major flooding was reported.

    Earlier, Floods Recovery Minister John Healey and East of England Minister Barbara Follett visited Great Yarmouth to meet local people evacuated from their homes as a precaution.

    The Environment Agency (EA) said the surge had "lost its power" by Friday lunchtime and no problems had been reported in the county as the high waters continued their way south.

    The risks in the worst-hit areas in East Anglia, Great Yarmouth, Felixstowe and Lowestoft had passed, an EA spokesman added. Areas on the Lincolnshire coast, around the Humber and in the North East of England have been given the all-clear.

    Felixstowe docks were closed, and rail company One suspended services between Lowestoft and Norwich due to flooding on the line.

    Norfolk police said water had breached flood defences in the centre of Great Yarmouth but there was "no risk to persons or property".


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    Good news, Glenda. Bet they were relieved. It's often the case that the worst scenario doesn't present itself when folks are braced for it, but does present when we're not, as happened when the cyclone hit us last June. It doesn't happen very often, so we thought it would miss us at the last minute. Wrong!
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