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Evacuations begin amid risk of severe flooding

Sky News logo Sky News 13/01/2017

A village in Essex is being evacuated as the UK braces for floods, gale-force winds, snow and ice. 

More than 4,500 residents in Jaywick, near Clacton-on-Sea, have been told to leave their homes ahead of a deluge of rain and strong winds expected this afternoon.

Meanwhile in Norfolk, around 5,000 homes in South Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, Caister, Southtown and Cobholm are to be evacuated from 10am due to "extreme weather".

Brooklands Road in Jaywick, Essex © PA Brooklands Road in Jaywick, Essex Evacuation advice leaflets handed out in Jaywick advised residents there is a "high risk" their properties "could be flooded by sea water up to a depth of three metres”.

Despite this, many said they would not leave their homes.

Iris Smith, 62, said: "I'm not going at all. We have had it before with all the panic - knocking on doors, waking you up in the early hours - and nothing happened last time.

"I am not worried at all. We are a big family down here, we look after each other."

Rebecca Kenny, 31, said she would be staying put "unless things get drastically worse".

Asked why, she said: "I have animals, I also have a big fear of crime."

Coastal communities in Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex have been told to prepare for “large and dangerous waves” as conditions worsen.

An upturned car on the A170 in Yorkshire. Pic: @NYorksRPG © Other An upturned car on the A170 in Yorkshire. Pic: @NYorksRPG Around 100 soldiers have been deployed to Skegness, Lincolnshire, where more than 3,000 residents have been urged to leave their homes or stay above ground level.

In Suffolk, police said 1,100 properties were likely to be evacuated due to a high risk of flooding on some parts of the coast.

Environment Agency spokesperson Mark Sitton-Kent said : “We have moved resources and equipment to the coast and the Army is on standby to assist if needed."

Heavy snow falls in Filey, North Yorkshire © PA Heavy snow falls in Filey, North Yorkshire Across east England, the Environment Agency has put in place 12 severe flood warnings which warn of a danger to life.

The Environment Agency’s severe flood warnings cover:

:: Aldeburgh and Thorpeness
:: East bank of the River Yare at Great Yarmouth from South Denes to South Quay
:: East banks of the Rivers Yare and Bure at Great Yarmouth including North Quay, Newtown and Bure Park
:: Lowestoft Seafront and Docks
:: North Bank of Lake Lothing
:: Oulton Broad near Mutford Lock
:: Rivers Yare and Bure from Runham Vauxhall to Scare Gap including Vauxhall Holiday Park
:: Snape, Iken and surrounding marshland
:: Southwold and surrounding marshes
:: Tidal River Orwell at Ipswich Quay
:: West bank of the River Yare at Great Yarmouth from Gorleston to Ferry Hill
:: West Bank of the River Yare at Great Yarmouth including Southtown and Cobholm

Some 5,200 metres of temporary barriers and 25 pumps have been moved to depots and towns, including Newcastle upon Tyne, Blyth, Great Yarmouth, Chelmsford, Rye and Trusthorpe and South Ferriby in Lincolnshire.

Fire tenders and crew from across Essex wait just outside Jaywick © PA Fire tenders and crew from across Essex wait just outside Jaywick Elsewhere, the Met Office has issued severe weather warnings across the UK for combinations of high winds, snow and ice.

In northeast England, snow and strong wind caused hazardous driving conditions.

Durham Police said “poor visibility due to snow” had caused a serious accident between 16 vehicles on the A19 northbound near Peterlee.

Meanwhile, there were reports of up to 50 cars stuck on a slip road off the A1 at Etal Lane, Newcastle.

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