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Evacuation Over

There are no severe flood warnings in place and that everyone should return to their homes. There is no longer a requirement for people to evacuate their properties.

The Environment Agency has reported that 49,655 properties were protected by the coastal defences, despite this being the biggest test to the coastal walls since 1953. In Essex there are 400km of coastal defences, more than the coast of Holland. It is a huge task to keep these defences maintained, but extensive investment into flood defences over the past 60 years has helped to keep the county safe.

Whilst some properties have flooded, Essex Police and its partners can confirm that no casualties or other serious incidents have been reported due to the flooding.

Superintendent Trevor Roe said: “On behalf of Essex Police and our partners we would like to thank the public for working with us and for evacuating their properties when asked to. This incident has shown once again that community spirit is at the heart of Essex with everyone pulling together to keep each other safe.”

Essex Police and its partners will continue to provide help and support to residents as they return to their homes. 

Notes to editors: Essex Police would to advise media that this incident has now moved into the recovery phrase and Gold Command has now passed to Essex County Council. The numbers of people evacuated are still being determined. Figures will be available as soon as possible.

Flood Fact:

82 per cent of properties at risk in Essex received a flood warning.

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