East Riding Council will continue its operations this morning to assist residents in communities along the East Coast and Humber banks at risk of further flooding from potential overtopping, especially at high tide:
The high tide times for Friday 6 December AM are:
Bridlington – 6.30am
Spurn Point – 7.31am
Humber Bridge – 8.24am
Blacktoft – 8.44am
Goole – 9.11am
The council has made transport available in Reedness and residents have been advised by the police to consider evacuation, with those interested being taken to Goole Leisure Centre, in advance of the high tide and the anticipation of further flooding. A meeting has been organised for 7am for partner agencies to discuss possible issues relating to flood defences in the village.
The A63 in Hull is closed in both directions between the Ferriby and Myton Gate junctions until at least 10am, with a diversion in place from the Humber Bridge to the A164 Jock’s Lodge onto the A1079, past Dunswell Roundabout, and down the A1033 into East Hull and vice versa.
The council, Humberside Police, the Highways Agency and Hull City Council are strongly advising people not to travel until later in the day and if possible not to make non-essential journeys which will contribute to the congestion across the region.
Network Rail has stopped services from Hull Station until at least 12.30pm.
Council services have been operating around the clock following the establishment of an emergency control centre to respond to flooding incidents.
Services have been stretched across the area, but have coped with the demand and plans have been put into place to maintain staffing and resources, including sandbags and pumping equipment, to respond as necessary this morning.
The deployment of sandbags will continue to be targeted by operational teams to areas that are worst affected and where properties and the vulnerable are at risk. These will not be issued on a general basis.
Please check the council’s website www.eastriding.gov.uk for updates regarding possible school closures.
Due to expected delays across the highway network, transport services will contact schools about the impact on them.
After high tide has passed this morning, an assessment will be made about the possible impact of tonight’s high tide. Depending on that, the council’s recovery team will take-over from emergency operations and will door knock in affected areas to provide residents with advice on matters relating to insurance claims and the removal of waste and large items damaged by flood waters as well as street sweeping.
Nigel Leighton, director of environment and neighbourhood services at East Riding Council, said: “The council’s emergency procedures were implemented and staff worked round the clock to get assistance to residents as soon as possible and deal with flooding.
“All our planning was in place but with coastal flooding you cannot predict with certainty where incidents will occur. Where they did occur, we worked alongside the Environment Agency on the ground to deal with any issues with sea and coastal defences.”
The council responded to a number of flooding incidents over the past 24 hours, including:
Residents in properties along Green Lane, Skipsea, were evacuated to the village hall due to concerns over coastal erosion.
Roads into the village became impassable due to overtopping caused by the tidal surge. Council officers checked in on Sandy Beach Caravan Park and residents on lower ground were offered shelter by a local public house.
Around 50/60 properties were flooded and the council organised for residents affected to be evacuated to Haltemprice Leisure Centre, which provided respite.
The council received reports of flooding to approximately 12 properties in Paull and issued sandbags to defend houses. Evacuation plans were put in place, although these were not required.
The council received reports of overtopping in both towns and also acted to close the gates at Brough Boatyard.
Blacktoft, Faxfleet, Yokefleet and Saltmarshe
The council monitored conditions in the area closely and provided assistance to vulnerable residents.
Concerns at Goole reduced during the course of the day, with river levels peaking at 6m. Pumps were deployed to Old Goole to pump water away that had overtopped at Dutch Riverside.
The council deployed sandbags and pumping equipment to Reedness following a suspected breach of an embankment. Transport was sent to the village to evacuate residents to Goole Leisure Centre.
Streetscene Services had dozens of frontline staff operating across the East Riding filling and supplying sandbags from its depots at Hedon, Carnaby and Willerby. More than 5,000 sandbags were used and the council deployed and operated pumping equipment to areas worst affected.
Residents evacuated were asked to take blankets, clothing and any medication with them.
The council’s forestry team had eight crews operating throughout the day and responded to 64 reports of downed trees and social services staff helped vulnerable residents throughout the night, not only in relation to the flooding but also supporting them in areas hit by power outages.
For safety reasons, residents and visitors to the East Riding have and are being advised to avoid seafronts and harbour tops, especially around the evening and early morning high tides and those who have been evacuated from their home should not return until advised to do so by the authorities.
For more information call Floodline on (01482) 393399.
Further information is also available at www.eastriding.gov.uk/living/emergencies/preparing-for-emergencies/flooding/?locale=en or follow the council on Twitter @East_Riding and @ER_roads
You can also get the latest flood alerts/warnings through the Environment Agency website at www.environment-agency.gov.uk