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Suffolk: Homeowners invited to talk about flooding

08:00 20 February 2014

The Environment Agency held a drop in session in Orford to give help to people that were flooded by the tidal surge. L-R Karen Thomas, Paul Hayden,Carol Mayston, Gary Watson, Robin Buncombe, Chris Chapman.

The Environment Agency held a drop in session in Orford to give help to people that were flooded by the tidal surge. L-R Karen Thomas, Paul Hayden,Carol Mayston, Gary Watson, Robin Buncombe, Chris Chapman.

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Suffolk residents have been invited to a series of events to talk about how they were affected by December’s tidal surge.

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The Environment Agency are holding drop in sessions to answer questions homeowners may have about flooding in their area, as well as looking at existing emergency plans to see if they had worked, and to support them for the future.

Karen Thomas, senior coastal advisor, was at the session in Orford yesterday and said: “I think people have concerns over rural walls and how much investment there has been but I think they have stood up well.

“Broadly speaking I think people were well prepared.”

Even though the water levels in December were, in places, higher than levels in 1953, only 231 properties are known to have flooded.

People were also being warned about the risk of staying in a flooded home, and the agency stressed the importance of working with communities.

The coastal advisor said: “We have an opportunity to work with them to help them be more resiliant in the future.

“It’s a significant event and we want to make sure people have time to talk to us about what happened.”

Suffolk joint emergency planner Robin Buncombe, said: “We’re trying to recognise the extent of what happened and what lessons can be learnt for the future.”

The Environment Agency will be at Snape Village Hall on February 20 from 2pm-7pm, Woodbridge Community Hall on February 21 from 11am-3pm and Hollesley Village Hall on February 24 from 11am-3pm.

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