Flood Warning: Riverside properties along the tidal River Yare including Cantley, Brundall and Reedham


A Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency.

Flood Warning in force: Riverside properties along the tidal River Yare including Cantley, Brundall and Reedham.

Flooding is expected for: Riverside properties along the tidal River Yare including Cantley, Brundall and Reedham.

Immediate action required.

This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to riverside roads and footpaths from 11 am today, Tuesday 8th January, through to 11am tomorrow morning, Wednesday 9th January. This is due to the natural tide locking effect of high tidal waters moving up the rivers from Great Yarmouth that restricts the normal drainage out to sea of the Broads river system at low tide. Areas most at risk are in Reedham, Cantley and Brundall. Roads affected include Ferry Road in Reedham, the A47 and the railway line between Reedham and Brundall.  We are expecting water levels to remain high through the day and overnight because of tide locking at Great Yarmouth. Be ready to take action to protect your property if flooding is expected. Our workforce are out checking flood defences and we will update this message as necessary.

What you should consider doing now
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* Act on your flood plan if you have one.

* Move your family and pets to a safe place.

* Move your car or other vehicles to higher ground, if it is safe to do so.

* Use flood protection equipment, such as flood barriers, air brick covers and pumps to protect your property. Any equipment should be professionally supplied and installed to help reduce the impact of flood water.

* Move important items upstairs or to a safe place in your property, starting with cherished items of personal value that you will not be able to replace (such as family photographs). Next move valuables (such as computers), movable furniture and furnishings.

* You may need to leave your property, so pack a bag with enough items for a few nights away. Include essential items including a torch with spare batteries, mobile phone and charger, warm clothes, home insurance information, water, food, first aid kit and any prescription medicines or baby care items you may need.

* Turn off gas, electricity and water mains supplies before flood water starts to enter your property. Never touch an electrical switch if you are standing in water.

* If it is safe to do so, make sure neighbours are aware of the situation and offer help to anyone who may need it.

* Listen to the advice of the emergency services and be ready to evacuate your property if told to do so. Most evacuation centres will let you bring your pets.

* Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. 30 cm of fast-flowing water can move a car and 6 inches can knock an adult off their feet.

* Flood water is dangerous and may be polluted. Wash your hands thoroughly if you’ve been in contact with it.

To check the latest information for your area
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* Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/target-area/054FWTBT2A

* Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 313330.

* Follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.

* Tune into weather, news and travel bulletins on local television and radio.

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