residents warned of flooding threat from high tides
residents have been warned to expect a period of 'severely disruptive'
weather with heavy rain, strong winds and high tides over the
next few days.
Environment Agency has issued a series of flood warnings for the
region on Friday, Saturday and Sunday when Burnham and other coastal
towns will see high tides.
11.8m high tide will occur in Burnham at 7.55am on Friday morning
and then at 8.20pm on Friday evening.
The Met Office says the latest storm will see bands of locally
heavy rain spreading across the UK, with winds gusting to around
Environment Agency says tidal flooding is expected in "numerous
locations" due to large waves caused by the high tides and
Flood Warning has been issued here
for coastline between the South Esplanade and Berrow including
Margaret Crescent, Pier Street, Abingdon Street, The Esplanade,
College Street and Regent Street.
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quantity of sandbags is being provided by Sedgemoor District
Council to Burnham residents as a precaution. These will
be distributed from outside Burnham's Morrisons supermarket
in Pier Street from early on Friday morning, although the
council says residents should not rely solely on these.
Environment Agency's Pete Fox told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We
are expecting flooding along the west and south coasts of England
and Wales, due to a combination of strong winds, large waves and
high tides, from the early hours of Friday and into the weekend."
paths and promenades could be highly dangerous as there is an
increased risk of being swept out to sea. People are warned to
stay away from the shoreline."
local emergency services in the Burnham area have been put on
standby by Somerset County Council to provide help to residents
over the next few days if the storms prove as disruptive as forecast.
County Councils Civil Contingencies Unit and Highways Teams
are working closely with West Somerset Council, Sedgemoor District
Council, Environment Agency and District Councils to prepare.
Hewitt, Director with responsibility for Emergency Planning in
Somerset, said: "The precise impact is hard to say, but we
are being told that we could be badly affected."
are doing what we can, but in weather like this its important
that people take common sense precautions avoid sea front
areas, dont drive into floodwaters and check on vulnerable
neighbours if you think they may be at risk in any way."
The council says homeowners are "strongly urged" to
protect their homes. Some sandbags can also be bought from local
builders merchants. Instructions on how to use sandbags effectively
have been issued here.
MORE: For tide times, click here
and see our live seafront webcam here.