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Thursday, December 5, 2013
Call to evacuate hundreds of flood prone homes were made in Southwold this afternoon after risks of surging seas grew ever closer.
The Mayor of Southwold Simon Tobin said the town was “ramped up” for a repeat for the great floods of 1953 after warnings indicated a 85% chance of a breach.
“We are standing by on the button we are ready for the worst of the worst of the worst,” he said.
“We are taking it very seriously.”
Two rest centres have been opened in the town ready to admit the 300 people thought to be at risk from encroaching floods.
Properties on Pier Avenue, Hotson Road and North Road will all advised to attend the William Godell Pavilion, while the elderly and vulnerable have special accommodation at the St Felix School.
The action plan was quick to be set in motion thanks to an emergency response strategy devised around two years ago.
Mr Tobin said the document, which contains provision for full evacuation, had “paid dividends” with today’s response and thanked the community’s cooperative attitude.
“It’s a fantastic community - everyone has really worked together,” he said.
John Perkins, chairman of the Southwold and Reydon Society, praised the emergency teams for their forward thinking.
“The residents are apprehensive about what could happen but impressed with the preparations that have been put in place,” he said.
“We seem to be better protected than ever before.”
Follow the EADT’s live coverage for regular updates on the storm.