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Flooding warning issued for Norfolk and Suffolk coast

09:30 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.

9 comments

  • BG, I'm not for a moment suggesting that poor grammar,spelling or punctuation is acceptable, however, mistakes are easily made and no one should be too quick to exclude the simplest reason; human error.

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    Bad Form

    Thursday, November 14, 2013

  • Ah the reporters must be on a zero hr contract with their typos of late, but everyone here forgets their is an Editor, and Proof readers to check for errors before going to print, maybe it is they so need a good slap on the Wrist, not the Journalists .

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    che bramley

    Friday, November 15, 2013

  • That is correct. The present 'Flood Alert' is as stated. Could the reporter PLEASE understand the important differences between 'Alert' 'Warning' and 'Severe' as to be found on the EA Website. The Media being one of the principle means of raising awareness. Using the wrong terms is both dangerous and misleading

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    Nick

    Thursday, November 14, 2013

  • The whole point as far as I am concerned is that we have in place a very good system of describing possible flooding events. It is imperative that such vital matters are reported accurately so that people such as myself who live within the danger zones know what to expect. There is a very large difference between a 'flood alert' and a "severe flood warning' A possible difference in fact between life and death!

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    Nick

    Thursday, November 14, 2013

  • @ Nick - I agree with you 100%. But quite why the Met Office gives out all their warnings using the traffic light system i.e yellow, amber, red but the EA uses flood alert, flood warning to identify the severity of its warnings is a bit beyond me. I have thought for a long time now that we ought to have a universal traffic light light system for ALL warnings which would be less confusing for the public.

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    BG

    Thursday, November 14, 2013

  • @ Bad form - I cannot disagree with you more. Last week we had a case of, " bowl disease." and a starter speaker, instead of, a star speaker. Then we had, " two police officers, with a seal in place, until detectives arrived." Common or grey do you think? I admit my own punctuation may not be up to much at times but if one is paid to write for a living and presumably have been trained in the art of journalism, then the very least we should expect for our money is accuracy, correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.

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    BG

    Thursday, November 14, 2013

  • There are no warnings in place for the Norfolk coast. The only coastal warnings are for Suffolk southwards of Lowestoft. The only Norfolk reference is for the rivers Yare, Waveney, Ant and Thurne as far as Breydon Water.

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    BG

    Thursday, November 14, 2013

  • @ nick - It seems accuracy and good grammar has gone walk about lately at the EDP. I have never known it to be riddled with so many mistakes, poor grammar and inaccurate reporting.

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    BG

    Thursday, November 14, 2013

  • The English language is, and always will be, changing. Whilst it is unfortunate that good grammar and punctuation is no longer what it was that doesn't necessarily mean that the changes are always for the worse. Pedants may not approve of poor spelling and poor grammar but that doesn't mean that pseudo intellectuals should immediately put pen to paper to denounce the failings of others, and I obviously include myself in that statement!

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    Thursday, November 14, 2013

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