Flood update: Evacuation at Southwold Harbour due to ‘rising sea levels’ hours after storm hits
13:18 06 December 2013
People are being forced to abandon their homes and businesses in Southwold today due to “rising sea levels”, it has emerged.
It is not known how many people are involved in this morning’s evacuation, but it is understood Suffolk Constabulary is leading the incident at Southwold Harbour.
A Waveney District Council spokesman said: “Because of rising sea levels at Southwold Harbour, properties in the immediate vicinity are now being evacuated once again.
“We have no information to suggest there are current problems elsewhere.”
The news comes after the Environment Agency downgraded all severe flood warnings for the Suffolk coast to flood warnings this morning following last night’s storms.
High tides are expected today at Lowestoft at around 11.40am, Felixstowe at 1.40pm and Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, at 2pm.
It is thought a “unique micro-climate” may have contributed to the sudden rise in sea levels at Southwold this morning.