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
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.