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Waveney urged to ‘take action’ on day two of high tides and flood warnings

PUBLISHED: 08:30 09 January 2019 | UPDATED: 11:33 09 January 2019

Huge waves engulkfed the prom at high tide  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Huge waves engulkfed the prom at high tide Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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After being battered by high tides throughout yesterday, concern remains for those along the River Waveney today.

A flood warning remains in place for isolated, low-lying properties along the river, with flooding expected and immediate action urged.

There is also concern the flooding could affect roads in the area.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some flooding of homes and bussinesses.

“High water levels may last for a few days until the high tides at Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft have passed.

“This is due to the natural tide locking effect of high tidal waters moving up the rivers from Great Yarmouth that restricts the normal drainage out to sea of the Broads river system at low tide.

“Areas most at risk are in St Olaves, Somerleyton, Burgh St Peter, Oulton Broad and Beccles.

“Roads likely to be affected include Beccles Road at St Olaves, Geldeston Lock Lane, Gillingham Dam and Fen Lane in Beccles.

“We are expecting water levels to remain high throughout Tuesday night and into Wednesday.

“Levels are likely to peak again at Burgh Castle around 11pm on Tuesday 9th January 2019.

“Be ready to take action to protect your property if flooding is expected. We are closely monitoring the situation.”

The Environment Agency have also warned flooding is possible on the Suffolk coast at Southwold, a day after the Harbour Inn pub was forced to close after being left under a foot of water.

A spokesperson said: “There is a possibility of some minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths between 10pm and midnight on Tuesday.

“Tides are expected to be higher than usual due to the forecast weather conditions during spring tides. There will still be strong winds affecting this evening’s tide, generating large waves.

“You are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast.

“We are closely monitoring the situation and not expecting the situation to escalate, or to issue anything else for the following tide.”

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