WATCH: High tides leave the Harbour Inn pub under a foot of water
PUBLISHED: 14:48 08 January 2019 | UPDATED: 14:49 08 January 2019
Dramatic video footage shows the extent of flooding caused by the high tides hitting the Suffolk coast today.
Our photographer Sarah Lucy Brown was at Southwold sea front this morning to catch the drama unfolding in the coastal town.
Roads have been flooded and tides are higher than most people recall seeing for years.
The Harbour Inn pub at Southwold has closed its doors for the rest of the day after the floodwaters rose.
“We are probably a good foot under water in the building at the moment,” said Mark Cooper, general manager at the Harbour Inn.
Mr Cooper said that the pub had taken precautions well ahead of time, having moved all their furniture from the building before the tides hit.
“The Environment Agency gives us a 24-hour heads up that gives us an opportunity to liaise with other businesses down the harbour,” said Mr Cooper.
“It’s not as bad as it was in 2013 when the waters reached 5ft in the bar area.
“I’ve been here 10 years and I have lost count of how many floods there have been.”
Despite the flooding the team at the pub are hopeful that they will re-open tomorrow as long as there is not another high tide like the one experienced this morning.
A flood warning remains in place for the town until shortly before 2pm this afternoon with the area expected to reach high tide in the next few minutes.
Other areas of the Suffolk coast are expecting to reach high tide in the next hour or so.