Flood warnings for East Coast and Humber Estuary
12 January 2017
Due to high tides and high winds expected tonight, a warning has been put out to residents to be aware of localised flooding along the East coast, Humber Estuary and tidal rivers for Friday 13 January, 2017.
‘We are making preparations for some potential flooding on Friday morning. The high tides combined with the particular weather conditions mean that the Environment Agency has issued some flood alerts and warnings on the East coast and in the Humber Estuary.
Emergency services are working with local authorities, and representatives from transport, infrastructure providers (such as water, telecoms etc) and other relevant partners to ensure that every effort has been taken to prepare for any flooding that does occur. This activity includes ensuring residents and businesses that are at risk are made aware, erecting temporary barriers where needed, and putting in place some local road closures. Workers from across the LRF partner organisations are out in communities providing support, advice and guidance today.
Members of the public are asked to remain actively aware of the changing situation by looking at the Environment Agency flood warnings, which are updated on their website every 15 minutes and across all social media channels. They can also tune into their local media who will provide regular updates on the situation.
We urge people not to go into flood water – either on foot or in vehicles. It can be extremely dangerous and unpredictable.
We also urge people who live near the coast not to go to watch the waves. It may look good but it’s extremely dangerous and can sweep people and even vehicles into the sea.
The Environment Agency have summarised most of the above in the following bullet points:
· Be aware of potential high tides on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday this week
· A low pressure system and gale force winds could bring high tides and big waves to the Yorkshire coast
· Our advice is precautionary at the moment but we want people to be ready to be aware because there may be a chance of some coastal properties flooding
· The public are advised to check their local flood risk and ensure they are signed up to our free flood warning service
· All relevant information is on our website at www.gov.uk/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-flooding or on Floodline on 0345 988 1188
· Our forecasting teams are monitoring the weather closely and will issue flood warnings if necessary
· Our operational staff are out on the ground checking flood defences and giving advice to residents and businesses where appropriate
· People are urged to take extreme care and avoid walking along coastal paths and promenades if they are affected by strong winds and large waves
· Large waves can carry dangerous debris and they can take a person out to sea in seconds
· Some low-lying coastal roads may be flooded. People should avoid driving through flood water - just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car
Please be sensible and take extra care over the next couple of days.'
Follow the Environment Agency for this region @EnvAgencyYNE and us on Twitter @HumbersideFire for all the latest updates as the situation unfolds.
You can also get the latest flood alerts/warnings through www.gov.uk/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-flooding, call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest flood updates.
For further information contacts are as follows:
Environment Agency https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/
Humberside Police http://www.humberside.police.uk/news
Hull City Council www.hull.gov.uk
East Riding of Yorkshire Council www.eastriding.gov.uk
North Lincolnshire Council www.northlincs.gov.uk
North East Lincolnshire Council www.nelincs.gov.uk