Storm update: Better to be safe than sorry, say residents in Mistley as they prepare for storm surge

Clive Saxby has used sandbags to protect his home on Mistley Quay along with helping his neighbors.

Clive Saxby has used sandbags to protect his home on Mistley Quay along with helping his neighbors.

Residents by Mistley quayside have been preparing for the flood after stocking up their properties with sandbags.

A tree blocked Harwich Road between Mistley and Harwich.

A tree blocked Harwich Road between Mistley and Harwich.

Low-laying and dangerously vulnerable to potential damage, Clive Saxby of Mistley, has been doing all he can to prevent the worst.

After distributing numerous sandbags around and in the entrances of his property and his neighbours, Saxby said: “We’ve had these weather warnings before and they’ve come to nothing but you never can tell.

“It’s better to be safe than sorry.

“We’re in such a vulnerable position here that you have to do all you can just in case.”


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Mistley was struck badly by the 1953 flood and the Environment Agency warned today that in “some places, sea levels could be as high as those during the devastating floods of 1953.”

Mr Saxby said: “Hopefully that won’t happen and nothing like that will again.

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“We’ve got more sandbags on the way and will be doing all we can while keeping our fingers crossed.”

A tree has already been felled by the weather and residents are now on standby for what more is come.

As well as the surrounding houses by the quayside, the workshops are also preparing themselves for the worst by moving some of their stock away from the ground level.

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