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Somerset floods: Coast to be hit by tidal surge
Updated 10:23am Friday 3rd January 2014 in News
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- Low pressure system expected to cause tidal surge.
- Seafront properties most at risk.
- Environment Agency urges people to prepare for possible flooding.
- Minehead and Blue Anchor seafronts to close.
For updates from Friday (January 3) click here.
Well we have done all we can.. Now just have to wait. Hopefully it will not be a repeat of 1996 #storms #minehead http://t.co/WoTuwF80Za— @MarcusKravis 02 January 2014
A flood warning has been placed on low lying areas of the tidal River Parrett, including Manley Gardens and East Quay.
The seafront roads in Minehead and Blue Anchor will shut from around 6am tomorrow until the danger has passed, and again at around 5pm in the evening, Somerset County Council said.
Sandbags are available from district councils and can also be bought from builders merchants.
Supplies of sandbags are being delivered this evening to the car park in Porlock Weir and the Quay West car park in Minehead.
Additional bags may be available at the county council’s Mart Road depot.
For more information call West Somerset Council 01643-703704 or Somerset County Council 0845 345 9155 during office hours.
A very limited number of sandbags are available from Sedgemoor District Council’s depot at Colley Lane in Bridgwater for residents in areas that are predicted to flood.
A further supply of sandbags will be available at Morrison’s car park in Burnham early on Friday.
.@EnvAgency has issued severe flood warnings for SW England + alerts for many other areas. Our advice on #flooding: http://t.co/wuZoUQ0Ahe— @BritishRedCross 02 January 2014
A severe warning has been put in place for the entire Cornish coast ahead of the devastating weather which is expected to reach the South-West in the early hours of Friday.
A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: "We have issued severe flood warnings for coastal communities as strong winds combine with high tides and large waves from the early hours of tomorrow.
"The flood risk will extend along the UK coastline from north west England, through Wales and South-West and southern England.
"Areas particularly at risk include the Isles of Scilly, the north and south coasts of Devon and Cornwall, Dorset and the coastline of Wales."
High tide is expected at 7.45am.
For flood warning information and advice, call 0845 988 1188 or click here.
The A358 at Donyatt is now open.— @SomersetCouncil 02 January 2014
The Environment Agency says the surge will coincide with high tide and cause sea levels to be higher than forecast in tide tables.
It warns of overtopping and onshore flooding as a result.
Meanwhile, the county is still recovering after being battered by rain on New Year's Day.
Several roads remain closed today, including the A361 at Burrowbridge and the A358 at Donyatt.
Lipe Lane in Henlade, pictured below, is also under water this afternoon.
PEOPLE living on the Somerset coast are on alert as the Environment Agency warns more flooding is expected in the coming days.
Some 28 flood warnings are in place for the South-West, with coastal properties particularly at risk.
The Environment Agency is warning a low pressure weather system approaching from the west on Thursday (January 2) evening will result in a positive tidal surge over the next 48 hours.
People - especially those in seafront properties in Minehead, Blue Anchor, Porlock, Dunster, Brean and Burnham - are being urged to prepare for possible flooding.
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