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ERYC Update: High tide operations and possible flooding

Staff, vehicles and equipment, including sandbags and pumps, have been deployed to Bridlington, Kilnsea, Paull and Hessle ahead of the high tides, with further resources on standby at the council’s depots. Scouts have been sent to various locations to provide updates.

This morning’s high tides in the East Riding have passed without incident. The council will continue working alongside its partner agencies and is now preparing for this evening’s high tide which could still result in overtopping and localised flooding.

Dave Morley, head of customer services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “In anticipation of today’s high spring tides, the council put contingency plans in place and is continuing to make preparations in support of the Environment Agency and Met Office forecasts.

“The high spring tides could result in overtopping and localised flooding along the Holderness Coast and on the banks of the Humber.

“Pumping equipment has been sent to locations identified as being at risk of flooding and sandbags are being targeted by operational teams to areas most likely to be affected. These shall not be issued on a general basis.

“In the event of any flooding, we would urge people not to go into flood water – either on foot or in vehicles.  It can be dangerous and unpredictable.

“We also urge people who live near the coast not to go to watch the waves. It may look good but it’s extremely dangerous and can sweep people and even vehicles into the sea.

“Please be sensible, take extra care over the next 24 hours and remain vigilant.

“We will continue to inform residents via the local media and our website and social media channels.”

Freezing temperatures and snow fall may make travel conditions challenging. The council’s gritter fleet has treated the highway network in preparation and during the snow fall, but motorists and the travelling public are advised to plan their journey in advance, allow extra time to make their journey and to drive to the conditions.

For more information call Floodline on (01482) 393399, go to www.eastriding.gov.uk/living/emergencies/preparing-for-emergencies/flooding/ or follow the council on Twitter @East_Riding and  on Facebook at www.facebook.com/eastridingcouncil

You can also get the latest flood alerts/warnings through www.gov.uk/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-flooding, call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or follow @EnvAgency and #FloodAware on Twitter for the latest flood updates.

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