High tide passes without major incident following flood warning


- Credit: Sue Hawkes

Flood wardens checked defences along the Suffolk coast this morning, but an Environment Agency spokeswoman said last night’s high tide passed without any major incidents.

A flood warning was issued by the agency for coastal areas as high winds continued to sweep the county.

High water levels were expected due to a combination of spring tides and a tidal surge.

The warnings were in place until the early morning in some parts of the county where properties were expected to be hit by possible flooding.

These included Felixstowe Ferry and Bawdsey Quay, Lowestoft seafront and docks, as well as low lying properties along the River Waveney, Walberswick, Dunwich and surrounding marshes.

But this morning, an environment agency flood warden said they had not received any reports of issues relating to the high tides.

She added: “The water levels came in as expected - in Aldeburgh for example the water was over the boat area there as anticipated, but for us it was just a normal winter storm.

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“We have staff out this morning as a precaution checking defences.”

Most of the flood warnings were no longer in place by this morning.

The Harbour Inn in Southwold was flooded overnight. Landlord Nick Attfield said the kitchen worst affected, with two feet of water.

The pub had closed at 3pm yesterday because of the flood warnings, and staff lifted everything off the floor and onto barrels to keep them safe.

Mr Attfield said he may have lost two freezers, and a fryer may be affected. The pub will remain closed today for mopping up, but he hoped it would re-open tomorrow.

In Beccles, the river flooded its banks, but did not enter any near-by homes.

At Lowestoft, the Weather Warnings Twitter feed posted: “We would like to thank everyone for keeping us updated through this flood scare. High tide has passed and hopefully will recede so danger is subsiding.”