Tidal surges are rare events in Britain but yesterday they were were more powerful than during the 1953 disaster. Our sea defences are much improved nowadays but there was considerable damage on the East Coast and the conditions are likely to continue into the weekend.
Our friends at HISCOX have offered the following advice:
Check the times for high water in your area. Any flooding is the result of the combination of the wind and tide, and it is useful to be aware of when risk is highest. Predicted times for high tide can be found on the Coastguard website.
Be prepared. Make sensible preparations such as moving essential items to high floors, securing outdoor items or put them away, filling jugs and containers with fresh water, charging mobile phones and having a torch, medication and waterproofs to hand, as well as knowing how to turn off your gas, electricity and water mains supplies.
Sandbags. Can help to prevent or reduce the amount of water from entering your home, but donâ€™t forget about airbricks and basement windows as well as doors.
Travel with care. Stay away from areas immediately near coastal waters, be aware of the potential for flooded roads and avoid driving or walking through any flood waters.
Inform your neighbours and arrange for someone to check if your property is unoccupied â€“ particularly before and after high tide.
If flood waters enter your home, gas and electricity supplies should remain switched off until a suitable qualified professional has checked it is safe.
Monitor further weather warnings and be prepared to evacuate if told to do so. You can sign up for Floodline Warnings Direct by calling Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or by visiting the Environment Agency website – www.environment-agency.gov.uk