Environment Agency issues fresh flood alert over evening high tide

Stormy seas off Skegness beach this morning (October 10).
Stormy seas off Skegness beach this morning (October 10).
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The Environment Agency has issued a fresh flood alert for coastal areas amid continued gale force winds.

An alert was first issued yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) to warn people that flooding was possible today between Tetney Haven and Gibraltar Point.

This morning’s high tide passed without major incident - there was some spray from the sea but no ‘overtopping’ of flood defences and no properties were affected.

This alert was lifted at 2.45pm, but another alert was soon issued for the same area because of possible problems with tonight’s high tide.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “The high tide and strong winds resulted in spray and waves splashing over sea defences in places on the east coast, including in Skegness.

“The high tide passed this morning and although there was some spray from the sea, there was no overtopping and no properties were flooded. The alert was removed at 14:45.

“However, another flood alert was issued for the same area at 15:06 because flooding is possible for this evening’s high tides, which are due at 22:18.

“The high tide is forecast to result in similar conditions, so we urge people to take care if they are out and about on the coast.

“People are recommended to avoid coastal paths and promenades until the flood alert is removed. The high winds and localised flooding on roads could also make driving conditions difficult in coastal areas.

“We will update our flood codes within 15 minutes of any change to the situation.”

The Environment Agency alerts the public of imminent flooding danger through three ‘Flood Codes’.

A Flood Alert means flooding is possible, a Flood Warning means flooding is expected and there is a risk to property, and a Severe Flood Warning means severe flooding is taking place and there is a risk to life.

You can see the latest flood warnings on the Environment Agency website, which is updated every 15 minutes.

People can also sign up for Flood Warnings Direct, which alert them by telephone to any new Flood Warnings or Severe Flood Warnings.

Floodline Warnings Direct is the Environment Agency’s free service that provides flood warnings by phone, text or email. For more information visit https://fwd.environment-agency.gov.uk/app/olr/home.