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Special event to be held marking 10 years since tidal surge struck Great Yarmouth

PUBLISHED: 14:59 14 October 2017 | UPDATED: 15:33 14 October 2017

Flooding in Great Yarmouth near the Haven Bridge in 2007. Photo: Paul Hewitt

Flooding in Great Yarmouth near the Haven Bridge in 2007. Photo: Paul Hewitt

A special event providing information on how to stay safe during flooding is being held a decade after a tidal surge hit the Norfolk coast.

Flooding in Great Yarmouth near the Haven Bridge in 2007. Photo: Paul Hewitt. Flooding in Great Yarmouth near the Haven Bridge in 2007. Photo: Paul Hewitt.

In November 2007, a severe flood warning triggered a large scale emergency operation in Great Yarmouth in which 7,500 people were asked to evacuate their homes.

Flood defences in the centre of town were breached but the people of the town were prepared and emerged unharmed.

The refuge centre at Caister High School in 2007.. Photo: Paul Hewitt. The refuge centre at Caister High School in 2007.. Photo: Paul Hewitt.

And now, ten years on, the Environment Agency are holding a series of events to mark the serious flooding incident.

‘Ten Years of Tides’ seeks to educate the public on the best course of action should the area be struck like it was in November 2007.

Flood preparations around Yarmouth in November 07. Photo: Sonya Brown. Flood preparations around Yarmouth in November 07. Photo: Sonya Brown.

Concerns were raised in January this year over the number of people who took no action to prepare and stay safe when the Norfolk coast was again at risk of another tidal surge.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “The event will look at what makes a tidal surge, how to take action to prevent damage and to stay safe, and who is there to support the community when the threat of another tidal surge returns.

Flood preparations around Yarmouth in November 07. Photo: Sonya Brown. Flood preparations around Yarmouth in November 07. Photo: Sonya Brown.

“It aims to give a better understanding of what a tidal surge means for Great Yarmouth and why, when severe flood warnings are issued, evacuation is so important.”

The public showcase will also display measures currently being taken to improve local flood defences and how temporary defences can be deployed if needed.

Flooding in Great Yarmouth in 2007. Photo: Paul Hewitt. Flooding in Great Yarmouth in 2007. Photo: Paul Hewitt.

On the day Environment Agency staff will be showcasing the sophisticated software they use which combines tide and weather forecasts to accurately predict where a surge could hit and its potential impact.

Representatives from the fire service, police and coastguard will be attending to highlight the importance of understanding the roles they play during a flood.

Flood preparations around Yarmouth in November 07. Photo: Sonya Brown. Flood preparations around Yarmouth in November 07. Photo: Sonya Brown.

They will also explain the equipment they use in the event of severe flooding along with other safety tips.

‘Great Yarmouth – Ten Years of Tides’ will be held at St George’s Theatre, in King Street, Great Yarmouth on Wednesday, October 18.

The event runs from 10am to 4pm.

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