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Gallery: Flooding at Southwold due to tidal surge

PUBLISHED: 06:36 22 October 2014 | UPDATED: 12:51 22 October 2014

Southwold Harbour was flooded this morning , October 22nd,  at around 8.30am.

Southwold Harbour was flooded this morning , October 22nd, at around 8.30am.

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Three flood warnings and six flood alerts remain in place this morning along the Suffolk and Essex coastline.

The warnings from the Environment Agency, focused around Lowestoft, Blythburgh and Southwold, are based on forecasts for the morning high tide expected at around 8.30am.

At 6.18am a flood warning was issued for Snape, Iken and the surrounding marshes, meaning flooding is expected at high water – due around 11.30am.

High water, combined with a tidal surge and strong winds, could cause flooding in several areas including Denmark Road and the railway line in Lowestoft, the Southwold Harbour area and the A12 at Blythburgh.

Our photographer Sarah Lucy Brown, in Southwold, reports flooding around the harbour and in the car park at Walberswick, with houses surrounded by water.

Rail operator Abellio Greater Anglia is reporting disruption on services between Norwich and Lowestoft due to flooding on the line at Haddiscoe, Norfolk, with all trains halted.

A service between Lowestoft and Ipswich has also been cancelled as a knock-on effect.

The rail disruption is expected to last until around midday.

Flood alerts, where people are warned to be prepared but need not take any action, are in place along the rest of the Suffolk and north Essex coastline, including the Deben, Stour and Orwell estuaries.

However much of the region escaped the expected flooding due last night.

Suffolk Police reported just two incidents of flooding, around Fen Lane in Beccles and in The Strand, Ipswich – both areas which had been warned of potential flooding.

A flood warning for Felixstowe Ferry and Bawdsey Quay is no longer in force.

The flood risk is the result of bad weather, in particular strong winds, sweeping across the UK as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo reach the county.

These elements are combining with high water and tidal surges.

Get the latest flood information from the Environment Agency here.

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