Flood warnings spark emergency evacuations in Norfolk

1 October 2019, 09:05 | Updated: 1 October 2019, 09:49

Homes in Norfolk are being evacuated over flood warnings
Homes in Norfolk are being evacuated over flood warnings. Picture: PA
Kate Buck

By Kate Buck

Flood fears have sparked an emergency evacuation in Norfolk, as parts of the UK have been told to expect two weeks of rain in less than an hour.

Residents of Hunstanton, Heacham and Snettisham have been told to collect anything they may need for the next two days, including medication, and bring their pets with them in case of floodwater.

The town and surrounding areas have been warned to brace themselves for high waters from around 8.40am.

They have also been told to leave their homes between 7am and 10am, and not to return until they have been told it is safe to do so.

The Environment Agency warned: ‘Please be careful along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads as large waves and sea spray could be dangerous and follow advice from emergency services.’

In the South West, the Environment Agency told people to avoid the seafront and check flood warnings due to forecast high tides and winds.

Linda Tomkinson in Blackpool. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning from 3pm on Monday to 3pm on Tuesday
Linda Tomkinson in Blackpool. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning from 3pm on Monday to 3pm on Tuesday. Picture: PA

On Tuesday it said predicted heavy showers could bring a "small chance of fast-flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life".

Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall said: "We could see some local quite torrential downpours and a risk of surface water flooding."

He warned that slow moving clouds on Tuesday meant "we could see as much as 40 to 50mm maybe in a couple of hours in some spots".

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Wales, southern England, East Anglia and the Midlands
between 6am and 8pm on Tuesday.

It warns of heavy showers and disruption caused by flooding.

Warnings have been issued
75 flood warnings have been issued up and down the country . Picture: PA

A yellow warning of heavy rain is also in place for southwest Scotland until 10am.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said officers rescued an adult and a child trapped in a vehicle caught in floodwater in Bretby, near Burton upon Trent, at around 8pm on Monday

At around 9pm, crews from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service went to the aid of a woman in a car stuck in floodwater in Cattal Moor Lane, near York.

Photographs taken at the Ship Inn pub in Mevagissey, Cornwall, on Monday night show floodwater inside the pub and nearby roads submerged.

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