12:32pm Thursday 5th December 2013
The following streets are set to be evacuated:
PARTS of Jaywick are set to be evacuated as the area prepares for the worst flood in 30 years.
The Environment Agency issued a severe flood warning for the Clacton and Jaywick area.
Essex Police confirmed it was planning to evacuate parts of Jaywick.
Details of the areas affected are still to be confirmed.
There are also severe flood warnings for West Mersea, Point Clear, Jaywick and Seawick.
Key risk times are high tides at midnight and tomorrow between midday and 1pm.
Residents who may be evacuated are being encouraged to pack essential belongings and stay overnight with friends and relatives where possible.
In the event residents are not able to stay with friends and relatives they can go to Evacuation Assembly Points from where they will be transported to a suitable rest centre, where they can take shelter overnight.
Evacuation Assembly Points are in the following locations:
Chief Inspector of Essex Police Richard Phillibrown said: "Emergency planners from the Essex Resilience Forum, including Essex Police, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, local councils and the Environment Agency are working together to respond to this weather warning.
"We are urging residents not to panic and to please react to directions given to them by the emergency services.
"We would like to reassure the public that we have activated our contingency plans and are experienced in dealing with large scale operations.”
n Colchester Council has confirmed officers are handing out sandbags to Mersea Island residents
North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group has put together the following advice for people who may be evacuated:
• Follow the advice of emergency services if they tell you to evacuate - they will take you to a safe place and give you food and bedding
• Bring warm clothing, sensible shoes and baby care items
• Bring medication and recent prescriptions
• Bring any medical advice or notes about your care needs that you have been given by nurses, doctors or social care
• Tell someone if you intend to stay with friends or relatives instead of the evacuation centre
• Bring emergency contact details for family members or anyone who needs to know that you have been moved to a safe place
Stay out of floodwater
Infection problems from floods in this country are rare. Usually any harmful bugs become diluted but there are a few precautions you can take to stay safe and healthy:
• Avoid walking or driving through flood water
• Be aware that flooding can cause manhole covers to come off
• Keep children and vulnerable people out of floodwater
• Don’t walk on sea defences or riverbanks
• Take care or avoid crossing bridges when water levels are high
• Take care crossing culverts as they are dangerous when flooded
• Look out for other hazards such as fallen power lines and trees
• Wash your hands thoroughly if you touch floodwater as it may be contaminated. Use warm water and soap especially after going to the toilet or before eating and preparing food. Use cold water or wet wipes if there is no water at all.
• Keep any open cuts or sores clean and cover with waterproof plasters
• The stress and strain of a flood should not be underestimated. Take time to consider your mental health and well being. Do not overdo it when cleaning up and remember that tiredness, difficulty sleeping and anxiety are normal in these circumstances
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