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Thursday, December 5, 2013
The first evacuees from Jaywick are starting to arrive at Clacton County High School (CCHS) which has been set up as a rest centre for those who could be affected by flooding on the Tendring coastline tonight.
Residents from more than 60 streets around Jaywick have been advised to leave their homes as part of an evacuation of properties identified to be at risk.
The evacuation is being carried out by Essex Police and their partners while Tendring District Council (TDC) has set up the rest centre at the school.
CCHS has agreed to take around 1,000 people if necessary and will be closed to pupils tomorrow to accommodate the Jaywick residents.
June Clare, TDC’s corporate director for public experience, said that the council has been closely monitoring the situation and the weather warnings over the past week and has put preparations in place.
“Once the severe weather warning was declared and the decision taken to evacuate residents from Jaywick we swung into action with our plans to set up a rest centre manned by our staff,” she said.
“We also have other sites – such as Clacton Leisure Centre – ready should we need to use them.
“We are keen to reassure people that, like the other emergency services and organisations involved, we have well-rehearsed contingency arrangements in place to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents.”
The rest centres will have medical professionals available on site.
Residents in all coastal areas could find themselves at risk of flooding and are advised to follow the flooding advice on the Essex Police website www.essex.police.uk
The Environment Agency has issued a severe flooding warning for four regions of north-east Essex: Jaywick West Mersea, Point Clear and Seawick.
But an Essex Police spokesman said only parts of Jaywick are being evacuated. However, residents in all coastal areas could find themselves at risk of flooding, and are to follow safety advice, the spokesman added.
The force said the peak time when people could be affected by the floods in the northern part of the county is an hour either side of 1.15am tomorrow.
Evacuation assembly points have been set up in the following locations:
Jaywick Community Resource Centre in Brooklands, Jaywick.
The Golf Green Trust Hall, Golf Green Road, Jaywick.
Orchard Holiday Village
Hutleys Caravan Park
The Free Church in Mill Road – Rest Centre for overnight assistance
Essex Police chief inspector Richard Phillibrown said: “Emergency planners from the Essex Resilience Forum, including Essex Police, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, local councils and the Environment Agency are working together to respond to this weather warning.
“We are urging residents not to panic and to please react to directions given to them by the emergency services.
“We would like to reassure the public that we have activated our contingency plans and are experienced in dealing with large scale operations.”
The areas to be evacuated in Jaywick are:
Alvis Avenue, April’s View, Austin Avenue, Badminton Road, Beach Crescent, Beach Way, Belsize Avenue, Bentley Avenue, Broadway, Brooklands, Brooklands Gardens, Buick Avenue, Cornflower Road, Crossley Avenue, Crossways (between j/w The Approach and Golf Green), Daimler Avenue, Essex Avenue, Fern Way, Fiat Avenue, Fir Way, Flowers Way, Garden Road, Glebe Way,
Golf Green Road, Gorse Way, Hillman Avenue, Humber Avenue, Jasmine Way, Lake Way, Lanchester Avenue, Lavender Walk, Lincoln Avenue, Lotus Way, Meadow Way, Midway, Morris Avenue, Napier Avenue, Riley Avenue, Rosemary Way, Rover Avenue, Sea Crescent, Sea Glebe Way, Sea Holly Way, Sea Pink Way, Sea Shell Way, Sea Thistle Way, Sea Way, Singer Avenue, St. Christopher’s Way, Standard Avenue, Sunbeam Avenue, Swift Avenue, Talbot Avenue, Tamarisk Way, The Close, Triumph Avenue, Vauxhaull Avenue, Willow Way, Wolseley Avenue, Yew Way.
Residents living in other areas at risk of flooding should follow the advice issued by the Environment Agency.