North East Lincolnshire Council

Potential tidal surge: Friday 13 Jan

Friday 13 January

15.51: Tidal Surge Update

Emergency services, Local Authority Partners and other agencies are warning the public to continue to be vigilant as the next high tide approaches at 6pm this evening.

The Environment Agency is warning that the combination of high tides and the potential for high winds could result in flooding across various locations in East Riding, Hull and Northern Lincolnshire along the coast and the Humber estuary.

The public are asked to resist the urge to head to coastal areas to have a look at the high tides as this is extremely dangerous.

It is still vital that residents remain vigilant, take the right precautions if you are in a flood risk area and keep up to date on the latest weather information via the local news or on GOV.UK.

To find out the latest weather information and updated flood risk information visit, call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest flood updates.

For updates on North East Lincolnshire and the surrounding area, visit, or follow us on Twitter at @NELCouncil or Facebook at

10.03: Advice issued by the Environment Agency

The Environment Agency is advising the public to remain vigilant as there are more high tides forecast for the east coast on Friday evening.

A low pressure system and gale force winds has brought high tides and big waves to the Yorkshire coast that may pose a risk of flooding for some coastal properties

The public are advised to check their local flood risk and ensure they are signed up to our free flood warning service

All relevant information is on our website at or on Floodline on 0345 9881188

Our forecasting teams are monitoring the weather closely and will issue flood warnings if necessary

Our operational staff are out on the ground checking flood defences and giving advice to residents and businesses where appropriate

People are urged to take extreme care and avoid walking along coastal paths and promenades if they are affected by strong winds and large waves

Large waves can carry dangerous debris and they can take a person out to sea in seconds

Some low-lying coastal roads may be flooded. People should avoid driving through flood water: just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car

Our preparatory work in Yorkshire includes activating the Hull Barrier, checking stability of flood defences at key coastal locations, and working with partner organisations, door knocking to warn and inform the public.

Messages from Friday morning’s high tide:

The tide is still making its way down the Yorkshire coast but we have had no reports of properties flooding so far

Wind is difficult to forecast because a slight change in direction can cause issues for some areas however our information on the ground suggests it was less windy than expected which means the tide was not as high as predicted.

Our attention is turning to the tide this evening where we are again preparing for potential flooding and our weather data shows that we could see more of an impact. We still have our flood warnings out and we’re asking people to continue being on the alert.

Current Situation:

  • The picture has slightly improved this morning,  with less impact from storm conditions on this morning’s tide than originally predicted
  • However the situation is changeable and we are now looking ahead towards the evening’s tides – approximately 6.45pm – where we could now see the impact
  • We’re still expecting high winds and large waves, leading to sea spray, some overtopping and some pooling of water behind defences, so we’re asking people to remain alert.
  • Flood warnings remain in place up and down the east coast, including Lincolnshire and the Humber

What we are doing:

  • We’re working with our partner agencies including the Met Office, local authorities and the emergency services – through the LRF
  • We’re monitoring the situation around the clock and will continue to issue flood alerts and warnings as needed

Advice for people:

  • Don’t be complacent – stay alert and aware.
  • Flood warnings are still in place. For the latest information for your area, visit which is updated every 15 minutes.
  • Be prepared – sign up for our free flood warnings: call 0345 988 1188 or visit
  • As the bad weather and high winds move in, take common-sense precautions like avoiding coastal paths and promenades.
  • Don’t drive through flood waters – 30 cm is enough to move your car
  • Keep listening to local media for updates and follow us on Twitter – #floodaware
  • Listen to any advice from the emergency services in order to stay safe.
  • More info as well from


Thursday 12 January

17.23: Further information on how to protect yourself and your property from flooding

Would you know what to do if your area is flooded? Here are some handy links for further information:

Flood Leaflet

Flooding Questions and Answers


17.17: Know your flood warning signs

Do you know the difference between the different flood warning signs?

Flood alert signs


15.47: Update

Strong winds, low pressure and high spring tides have been forecast over the next few days which could result in some localised flooding.

North East Lincolnshire Council, working alongside its partner agencies, is preparing to support local communities along the coast.

Current forecasts indicate that tomorrow’s (Friday, 13 January) tides could result in overtopping and localised flooding along the North East Lincolnshire coast and on the banks of the Humber.

Residents are advised not to go into flood water – either on foot or in vehicles: it can be dangerous and unpredictable. Residents are also asked not to visit the coast to watch the waves. It may look good but it’s extremely dangerous and can sweep people and even vehicles into the sea.

Motorists and the travelling public are advised to take extra care, drive to the conditions and allow extra time for travel. Due to the forecast inclement weather, emergency road closures may be required.

The council will continue to monitor weather conditions over the next 48 hours and act accordingly with the emergency plan.

As usual for individuals with health and social care needs who consider they may be at risk, please contact the Single Point of Access on 01472 256256 this number is available 24/7.

For updated information, follow the council on Twitter @NELCouncil and on Facebook at

You can also get the latest flood alerts/warnings through, call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest flood updates.


14.06: Environment Agency warns people on the East Coast to be prepared for large waves and possible flooding

Communities along the East Coast of England are warned to be prepared for large waves and possible flooding throughout Friday into Saturday morning. Counties particularly at risk include Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.

Gale force winds combining with high tides are likely to result in large waves carrying dangerous debris, like rocks. The conditions are also expected to cause traffic disruption and could affect properties on the coast.

The Environment Agency is urging people to check their flood risk on GOV.UK and to take extreme care near the coast, avoiding walking along coastal paths and promenades if possible.

In addition to equipment already along the coast, Environment Agency teams have moved 5200 metres of temporary barriers and 25 pumps to depots and towns including Newcastle upon Tyne, Blythe, Great Yarmouth, Chelmsford, Rye and Trustthorpe and South Ferriby in Lincolnshire. The Hull tidal barrier will be operated on Thursday evening. All east coast flood gates have been closed.

Mark Sitton-Kent, National Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Gale force winds and high tides are likely to create large and dangerous waves along parts of the east coast on Friday and Saturday. These conditions could also cause flooding to coastal roads and could impact properties.

“We understand that powerful tides can be dramatic, but please do not put yourself at unnecessary risk by going to the coast for a thrill or to take pictures. Please do not drive through flood water: just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car.

“We are prepared to take action wherever it is needed. We have moved resources and equipment to the coast and the army is on standby to assist if needed.

“People should check their flood risk and keep up to date with the latest situation at, call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest flood updates.”‎


14.00: Statement from the Humberside Local Resilience Forum

Chief Inspector James Glansfield, speaking on behalf of the Humberside Local Resilience Forum (LRF), said:

“We are making preparations for some potential flooding tomorrow (Friday) morning. The high tides combined with the particular weather conditions mean the Environment Agency has issued some flood alerts on the east coast and in the Humber Estuary.

“Emergency services are working with local authorities and representatives from transport, infrastructure providers (such as water, telecoms etc) and other relevant partners to ensure every effort has been taken to prepare for any flooding that may occur.

“This activity includes ensuring residents and businesses that are at risk are made aware, erecting temporary barriers where needed, and putting in place some local road closures.

“Workers from across the LRF partner organisations are out in communities providing support, advice and guidance today.

“Members of the public are asked to remain actively aware of the changing situation by looking at the Environment Agency flood warnings, which are updated on their website every 15 minutes and across all social media channels. They can also tune into their local media who will provide regular updates on the situation.

“We urge people not to go into flood water – either on foot or in vehicles.  It can be dangerous and unpredictable.

“We also urge people who live near the coast not to go to watch the waves. It may look good but it’s extremely dangerous and can sweep people and even vehicles into the sea.

“Please be sensible and take extra care over the next couple of days.”

For further information contacts are as follows:

Environment Agency
Humberside Police
Hull City Council
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
North Lincolnshire Council
North East Lincolnshire Council


11.42: An Amber flood alert has been issued by the Environment Agency this morning at 8.45am covering our patch from Barton to New Waltham and beyond. The information from EA is as follows on that alert:

Stormy conditions are forecast, resulting in a large tidal surge moving down the Lincolnshire coast on Friday morning. This will lead to unusually high water levels. The high tides combined with strong winds are likely to result in waves overtopping the flood defences and wind-blown spray, causing localised flooding. We are currently monitoring the situation and will issue Flood Warnings as required later today. Please tune in to the local radio or TV stations for the latest information. Avoid coastal paths and promenades. Do not attempt to drive through flood water. The time and date of the forecast high water is 06:30 on 13 Jan 2017. This information was last updated at 8:45am Thursday 12 January 2017

The weather is moving south, down the coast, and is expected to reach our area overnight with the high tide at around 0600am tomorrow morning.

We are sharing related information where appropriate on the council’s social media accounts: @nelcouncil on Twitter and NELCouncil on Facebook – please feel free to share information issued in order to help residents prepare.

Further updates will be added to this post.

For more information about preparing for flooding and the Council’s role, visit


Note regarding sandbags

The council does not provide sandbags to members of the public. If you wish to use them they can be bought from local DIY stores or builders merchants.

However, the effectiveness of sandbags is limited. Unless laid correctly they are not good at keeping water out of property and if the water is contaminated with sewerage they have to be disposed of after only one use.

We would recommend that purpose-made property level protection products are more suitable to keep water from entering property.

These can be quickly deployed, form a watertight seal and can be cleaned and re-used.

More information on these products can be found on the Blue Pages website,, from the National Flood Forum.

Read our Sandbag Policy (PDF) for more information,

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