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Flood alerts issued along Suffolk and Essex coasts

PUBLISHED: 12:52 19 October 2016 | UPDATED: 14:02 19 October 2016

Bridge Road in Snape. Flood water in 2013.

Bridge Road in Snape. Flood water in 2013.

Flood alerts are in place in several coastal areas in Suffolk and north-east Essex as high spring tides affect low-lying parts of the country.

The unusually high water, combined with low pressure and strong winds, could lead to land, roads and some properties flooding along parts of English coasts, the Environment Agency said.

Five flood alerts – indicating that flooding is possible – are in place for Suffolk and north-east Essex. Flood alerts are the lowest out of three risk categories, below flood warnings and severe flood warnings.

The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert stretching from Lowestoft to Bawdsey, near Felixstowe. The alert was issued at 5.50pm yesterday and is expected to be in place until 2.14pm today.

There is a forecast tide level of 1.71m, higher than the previously predicted astronomical tide level of 1.33m.

An alert has been issued from Felixstowe to Clacton, including the Orwell and Stour Estuaries. The alert was issued at 8.50am today and is set to be in place until 4.40pm.

A forecast tide level of 2.58m has been set, higher than the previously predicted astronomical tide level of 2.43m.

The vast majority of the River Deben is also covered by a flood alert throughout Suffolk. The alert was issued at 9am today and is due to be in place until 4.40pm.

There is a forecast tide level of 2.58m, against a previously predicted astronomical tide level of 2.43m.

Separate alerts have also been issued at Southwold, stretching down to Dunwich, and from Clacton to St Peters Flat, near Bradwell on Sea, including the Rivers Colne and Blackwater Estuaries.

There are 11 flood alerts in the East of England in total – more than any other part of the country.

Adam Dury, forecaster at Weatherquest, said Suffolk coastal gusts could fall from 30mph today to 20mph tomorrow.

He added: “There were some large swells today but they are easing down.”

The Environment Agency has warned people to avoid driving through flood water and to take care on coastal paths.

Craig Woolhouse, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Travel disruption is possible. Along other parts of the English and Welsh coastlines there may also be some disruption from the operation of floodgates and sea defences.

“People should remember to take extreme care on coastal paths and avoid driving through flood water. Just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car.”

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