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Police to test flood sirens in Yarmouth

PUBLISHED: 15:07 28 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:31 03 July 2010

FLOOD sirens across the Great Yarmouth borough will be tested tomorrow between 9.30am and 10.30am.

The annual exercise organised by Norfolk Police will see more than 50 sirens along the Norfolk coastline tested.

FLOOD sirens across the Great Yarmouth borough will be tested on Saturday, August 1, between 9.30am and 10.30am.

The annual exercise organised by Norfolk Police will see more than 50 sirens along the Norfolk coastline tested.

The sound will be a steady note for 30 seconds and then silence for 15 seconds, continuously repeated for four minutes and 15 seconds.

The test will take place twice in the Yarmouth area to enable additional computer equipment to be checked. If used in real life then it would be a continuous sound with no breaks.

Chris Eldridge, operational planning manager for Norfolk Constabulary, said: “Areas of Norfolk can be at risk of flooding and it is vitally important that we, together with our partners such as Norfolk County Council and the Environment Agency, ensure the flood siren systems are working correctly as part of the existing evacuation options.

“We strongly recommend that people register for the Environment Agency's Floodline Warnings Direct System. This provides warnings of flooding direct to resident's homes or to their mobile phones and/or email addresses. It should also be noted that these alerts are sent to the media for information for use in communicating with communities about the potential threat of a flooding incident.”

Mr Eldridge, added: “The website will also provide the public with vital advice on how to be prepared, such as developing a flood plan and creating a flood pack for essentials including torches, batteries, radios and first aid items.

“If people are unsure whether or not they are at danger of flooding they can also visit the website to view maps of the at risk areas.”

Householders can register to the Environment Agency's direct flood warning system by calling Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or by visiting www.environment-agency.gov.uk.


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