You may be aware of a potential coastal flooding event tomorrow. Various regional and local meetings are currently underway, but for information, this is the latest position on the weather situation for North East Lincolnshire:
An Amber flood alert was issued by the Environment Agency this morning at 8.45am covering our patch from Barton to New Waltham and beyond. Specifically those areas most risk are the Fitties and the Cleethorpes Promenade/Sea facing areas
The latest info from the Environment Agency is:
“Stormy conditions are forecast, resulting in a large tidal surge moving down the Lincolnshire coast on Friday morning. This will lead to unusually high water levels. The high tides combined with strong winds are likely to result in waves overtopping the flood defences and wind-blown spray, causing localised flooding. We are currently monitoring the situation and will issue Flood Warnings as required later today. Please tune in to the local radio or TV stations for the latest information. Avoid coastal paths and promenades. Do not attempt to drive through flood water. The time and date of the forecast high water is 06:00 on 13 Jan 2017. This information was last updated at 8:45am Thursday 12 January 2017”
As you will possibly be aware, the weather is moving south, down the coast, and is expected to hit our area overnight with the high tide at around 0600am tomorrow morning.
We are sharing related information where appropriate on the council’s social media accounts: @nelcouncil on Twitter and NELCouncil on Facebook – please feel free to share information issued in order to help residents prepare.
For more information about preparing for flooding and the Council’s role, visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/flooding.
As usual for individuals with health and social care needs who consider they may be at risk, please contact the Single Point of Access on 01472 256256 this number is available 24/7
Note regarding sandbags
The council does not provide sandbags to members of the public. If you wish to use them they can be bought from local DIY stores or builders merchants.
However, the effectiveness of sandbags is limited. Unless laid correctly they are not good at keeping water out of property and if the water is contaminated with sewerage they have to be disposed of after only one use.
We would recommend that purpose-made property level protection products are more suitable to keep water from entering property.
These can be quickly deployed, form a watertight seal and can be cleaned and re-used.
More information on these products can be found on the Blue Pages website, www.bluepages.org.uk, from the National Flood Forum.
Read our Sandbag Policy (PDF) for more information, http://www.nelincs.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Sandbag-Policy.pdf