Written by Staff Writer
06 Dec, 2013 | 10:04 am
Thousands of people have had to evacuate their homes as a severe storm batters large parts of the UK. The Environment Agency has more than 60 severe flood warnings in place.
England’s east coast is experiencing the worst tidal surge in 60 years, while in North Wales residents had to be rescued by lifeboat crews. Earlier, a lorry driver died after his vehicle was blown on to two cars in West Lothian, while a man was killed by a falling tree in Nottinghamshire.
In addition to severe flood warnings – meaning there could be a danger to life – the agency has 120 flood warnings in England and Wales.
An agency spokesman said that in the “worst-case scenario” 6,000 properties could be flooded. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued more than a dozen flood warnings.
It confirmed to the BBC the North Sea tidal surge is the worst since January 1953, although flood defences built since then mean many parts of the country are now better protected.
In Great Yarmouth, on the Norfolk coast, police are visiting 9,000 properties to advise people to leave their homes ahead of a storm surge expected at high tide, at 22:45 GMT. Respite centres have been opened in high schools, and ill and elderly people have been asked to call the council for help.
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