As a result of the nine severe flood warnings issued by the Environment Agency in relation to Suffolk’s Coastline a major incident (Operation Fulstone) was declared by the Suffolk Resilience Forum at 07:30 this morning.
Senior officers from key agency from across Suffolk have been meeting with the key aim of safeguarding the people of Suffolk and protecting property as far as is possible.
Approximately 1000 properties in the following nine areas to the north of the county are likely to be affected:
· Lowestoft seafront and docks
· North bank of Lake Lothing
· Oulton Broad nr Mutford Lock
· Aldeburgh and Thorpeness
· Snape, Iken and surrounding marshland
· Riverside Business Park and Kirkley
· Blythburgh and marshes upstream of A12
· South bank of Lake Lothing from Bourne Business Park to Mutford Lock
· Southwold and surrounding marshland
Police officers are attempting to make contact with the owners of properties in these areas to provide details of the action that needs to be taken. A leaflet containing key information has been produced and is being handed out by officer.
Precautionary evacuation of properties in these areas is being recommended. Rest centres are being established and the location of these will be available in due course.
Agencies involved include:
Fire and Rescue
East of England Ambulance Service
Suffolk County Council
Waveney District Council
Suffolk Coastal District Council