Harwich Town Council

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Flooding Warning – Thursday 23rd November 2023

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency.

Flood Alert in force: The Suffolk and Essex coast from Felixstowe to Clacton including Orwell and Stour estuaries.

Flooding is possible for: The Suffolk and Essex coast from Felixstowe to Clacton, including Ipswich, and the Orwell and Stour estuaries.

Be prepared.

This message has been issued because some minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths may occur this evening, Thursday 23rd November, due to high tides between 7:45pm and 9:45pm. Strong winds and spring tides may cause large waves, and spray overtopping on the coast. The flood gates at Felixstowe seafront will be closed. The waterfront at Pin Mill, and The Strand at Wherstead under the Orwell Bridge may be flooded. Water may be on the quay at Mistley. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level at Harwich of 2.60 mAODN at 8:45pm, Thursday 23rd November, which is 0.9m above tide tables, wind Force 5, north – westerly. (mAODN is height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide table). Take care on coastal roads and footpaths, and don’t put yourself in unnecessary danger. We are monitoring the situation and further alerts or warnings may be issued.  We will update this message by 8am tomorrow, Friday 24th November.

To check the latest information for your area

* Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast: CLICK HERE

* Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 213586.
* Follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.
* Tune into weather, news and travel bulletins on local television and radio.

What you should consider doing now

* Monitor local water levels and weather conditions.
* Get ready to act on your flood plan if you have one.
* Move your car or other vehicles to higher ground, if it is safe to do so.
* Prepare a flood kit of essential items including a torch with spare batteries, mobile phone and charger, warm clothes, insurance documents, water, food, first aid kit and any prescription medicines or baby care items you may need.
* Businesses should inform staff and customers about the situation.
* Check that you know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water mains supplies.
* In rural locations, farmers should consider moving livestock and equipment away from areas likely to flood.
* Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. 30 cm of fast-flowing water can move a car and 6 inches can knock an adult off their feet.
* Flood water is dangerous and may be polluted. Wash your hands thoroughly if you’ve been in contact with it.

Call Floodline on 0345 988 1188.