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Flooding warning issued for Norfolk and Suffolk coast

PUBLISHED: 09:30 14 November 2013 | UPDATED: 10:44 14 November 2013

Wild seas at Walcott earlier this month.  Photo: Antony Kelly

Wild seas at Walcott earlier this month. Photo: Antony Kelly

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The Environment Agency (EA) has warned there is a risk of localised flooding for the Norfolk and Suffolk coast this afternoon.

A combination of gale force winds, large waves and a moderate coastal surge could lead to flooding of low lying land.

An EA spokesman said yesterday that high pressure was helping to keep the wave height low but the situation changed daily and more would be known later this morning.

She said: “We are not looking at a large tidal surge.

“We have got a lot of wind about in a north westerly direction and we have got choppy seas, which is likely to come on to the roads.

“We will issue flood alerts about that if we need to do so.

“We are not expecting anything like the tidal surge of 2007.

“We would advise people to check our website for updates to know find out they are at risk of any flooding or not.”

It comes as the EA is warning of an increased likelihood of flooding throughout the country this winter.

Wet weather, strong winds coinciding with high tides and wind-blown leaves and debris blocking rivers, are increasing flood risk, especially in the west of England.

The EA is urging families, communities and businesses to check their flood risk and be prepared for possible flooding and its impacts.

It offers a free flood warning service, which can give people vital time to prepare – protecting belongings and reducing the costs of repairs.

The service, which sends an automated telephone message, text message, email or alert to Facebook profiles, has more than 1.2 million subscribers across England.

Visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood or call the floodline on 0845 988 1188 for more information. People can also get regular updates by following @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.

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