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Flood Warning issued by Environment Agency for coastline from Burnham to Berrow

A Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for Somerset’s coastline including Burnham-On-Sea seafront properties on Friday morning (February 18th) due to Storm Eunice.

The agency warns that flooding is possible for the coastline between Burnham’s South Esplanade and Berrow as Storm Eunice arrives.

The Met Office has also issued a rare red weather warning for our area as winds of up to 90mph are forecast to arrive at the same time as the high tide. People are being advised to stay away from exposed coastal areas.

An Environment Agency spokesman says: “Storm Eunice is expected to bring severe gale force winds across the Somerset coast early Friday and into Saturday, coinciding with spring tides. We are expecting this to cause very large and powerful waves along the coast.”

“Forecast high water is 7.45am with a level of 6.7 mAOD and a Force 8 South-west wind. All times are local and refer to the high water time at Hinkley Point; mAOD is height above average sea level.”

“Flooding is possible two to three hours either side of the high tide.”

“Areas most at risk are the coastline between South Esplanade and Berrow including Margaret Crescent, Pier Street, Abingdon Street, The Esplanade, College Street and Regent Street.”

“Strong winds are expected to continue throughout the day. Please be careful, especially along beaches, promenades and coastal footpaths and stay aware in case further warnings are issued.”

“Our incident response staff are closing flood gates and we are closely monitoring the situation. We will update this message as the situation changes and new information is available.”

Environment Agency advice on what you should consider doing:

* Act on your flood plan if you have one.

* Move your car or other vehicles to higher ground, if it is safe to do so. Move your family and pets to a safe place.

* Move important items upstairs or to a safe place in your property, starting with cherished items of personal value that you will not be able to replace (such as family photographs). Next move valuables (such as computers), movable furniture and furnishings.

* You may need to leave your property, so pack a bag with enough items for a few nights away. Include essential items including a torch with spare batteries, mobile phone and charger, warm clothes, home insurance information, water, food, first aid kit and any prescription medicines or baby care items you may need.

* Turn off gas, electricity and water mains supplies before flood water starts to enter your property. Never touch an electrical switch if you are standing in water.

* If it is safe to do so, make sure neighbors are aware of the situation and offer help to anyone who may need it.

* Listen to the advice of the emergency services and be ready to evacuate your property if told to do so. Most evacuation centers will let you bring your pets.

* Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. 30 cm of fast-flowing water can move a car and 6 inches can knock an adult off their feet.

* Flood water is dangerous and may be polluted. Wash your hands thoroughly if you’ve been in contact with it.

To check the latest information for your area call the Environment Agency Floodline on 0345 988 1188 and use quickdial code: 164266.

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