Multi agency flood warning
Essex Police together with its partners is responding to the latest severe weather warnings from the Environment Agency by leading a multi-agency response with a full plan in place to oversee the safety of the public.
Essex Police, together with its partners, has declared the severe weather situation a major incident and is advising some residents living along the Tendring coastline to evacuate their property.
The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings - some at the highest level (severe) - for tides expected around the East of England Coast tonight (Thursday) and for two tides on Friday.
There is a severe flooding warning for West Mersea, Point Clear, Jaywick and Seawick.
Key risk times are high tides on Thursday 5th December at midnight and Friday 6th December at between midday and 1 pm.
Essex Police has activated well-rehearsed contingency plans, and would like to reassure the public that it has plans in place to oversee the safety of residents living in at-risk areas.
At the moment the only areas Essex Police and its partners are planning to evacuate are parts of Jaywick. Details of the areas affected are being confirmed and Essex Police will issue these as soon as possible. Residents living in other areas at risk of flooding should following the advice issued by the Environment Agency.
Residents who may be evacuated are being encouraged to pack essential belongings and stay overnight with friends and relatives where possible. In the event that residents are not able to stay with friends and relatives they can go to Evacuation Assembly Points from where they will be transported to a suitable rest centre, where they can take shelter overnight.
Evacuation Assembly Points are in the following locations:
Jaywick Community Resource Centre in Brooklands, Jaywick.
The Golf Green Trust Hall, Golf Green Road, Jaywick.
Clacton on Sea Golf Club in West Road, Clacton.
Orchard Holiday Village
Hutleys Caravan Park
The Free Church in Mill Road – Rest Centre for overnight assistance
Clacton County High School.
Police will be patrolling in the areas from where people have been evacuated to ensure property left unattended is as secure as possible.
Essex’s Emergency Services are advising residents living in coastal parts of Essex that they may have to be evacuated this evening as Essex braces itself for a flood alert overnight.
Residents in at-risk areas are advised to:
Work with local officers to ensure they follow advice and direction given about evacuations
Pack a bag of clothes and have any essential medical items ready in case they need to leave home
Ensure any valuables and or expensive electrical items such as televisions are stored in higher areas in your home should there be a flood
Place friends or relatives on standby in case you require a bed for the night
Do not drive unless essential
Do not walk through floodwaters
Do not try and unblock drains yourself
Look out for vulnerable friends and neighbours
Have torches, mobile phones, waterproofs, water, radio with batteries and other essential items at hand
Officers are also advising people not to contact the police or local councils for sandbags as they are not available to be issued.
Chief Inspector Richard Phillibrown of Essex Police said: “Emergency planners from the Essex Resilience Forum, including Essex Police, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, local councils and the Environment Agency are working together to respond to this weather warning. We are urging residents not to panic and to please react to directions given to them by the emergency services. We would like to reassure the public that we have activated our contingency plans and are experienced in dealing with large scale operations.”
Residents can get the latest information and advice from the Essex Police website www.essexpolice.uk or the Environment Agency www.environnment-agency.gov.uk
Latest details will also be available on the Essex Police website www.essex.police.uk and social media via @EssexPoliceUK on Twitter and on Facebook.
The public are advised to contact the police on the non-emergency number 101 if they have any concerns about their safety or that of their family. In an emergency the public should call 999.
People can also call the Environment Agency Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for the latest flood warnings in their own area.
People living in the affected areas should call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for the latest flood warnings in their area. For advice on how to prepare for flooding, tune into local radio and TV stations and keep an eye on local weather conditions.
AA Traffic News (website): http://www.theaa.com/traffic-news/index.jsp
AA Special Operations Response Team (website): theaa.com/emergency
AA Special Operations Response Team (twitter): https://twitter.com/AASORT
BBC Travel News (website): http://www.bbc.co.uk/travelnews/
BBC Weather (website): http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/
Advice for Patients at risk of flooding
People who are most at risk of flooding in the North East Essex area will be taken to a safe place until the risk is over. North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group has put together the following advice for people who may be evacuated:
- Evacuate when told
- Follow the advice of emergency services if they tell you to evacuate - they will take you to a safe place and give you food and bedding
- Bring warm clothing, sensible shoes and baby care items
- Bring medication and recent prescriptions
- Bring any medical advice or notes about your care needs that you have been given by nurses, doctors or social care
- Tell someone if you intend to stay with friends or relatives instead of the evacuation centre
- Bring emergency contact details for family members or anyone who needs to know that you have been moved to a safe place
- Stay out of floodwater
Infection problems from floods in this country are rare. Usually any harmful bugs become diluted but there are a few precautions you can take to stay safe and healthy:
- Avoid walking or driving through flood water
- Be aware that flooding can cause manhole covers to come off
- Keep children and vulnerable people out of floodwater
- Don’t walk on sea defences or riverbanks
- Take care or avoid crossing bridges when water levels are high
- Take care crossing culverts as they are dangerous when flooded
- Look out for other hazards such as fallen power lines and trees
- Wash your hands thoroughly if you touch floodwater as it may be contaminated. Use warm water and soap especially after going to the toilet or before eating and preparing food. Use cold water or wet wipes if there is no water at all.
- Keep any open cuts or sores clean and cover with waterproof plasters
- The stress and strain of a flood should not be underestimated. Take time to consider your mental health and well being. Do not overdo it when cleaning up and remember that tiredness, difficulty sleeping and anxiety are normal in these circumstances
Further advice and updates will be available on the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group website, Facebook and Twitter:
NHS North East Essex @NEECCG
Details of the Rest Centres are as follows:
Clacton County High School is set up as rest centre now for 500. Once the school closes as normal at 3.10pm they will be able to take more people
No decision has been made yet as to whether the school will close tomorrow. That will be taken later today. The school’s website will be updated with information.
Clacton Coastal Academy is setting up rest centre for around 500 people. The school is not closing early. It has a non-pupil day tomorrow so will be able to keep people.
Clacton Leisure Centre is being set up for 500 people.