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Updated at 12:15 on Friday, December 6

Supt Trevor Roe talks about the 2013 winter floods and how Essex Police along with its partner agencies worked together to keep Essex safe.


Updated at 10:30am on Friday, December 6

Essex Police and its partners would like to reassure residents across all parts of the county that there are no severe flood warnings in place and that everyone should return to their homes. There is no longer a requirement for people to evacuate their properties.

The Environment Agency has reported that 49,655 properties were protected by the coastal defences, despite this being the biggest test to the coastal walls since 1953. In Essex there are 400km of coastal defences, more than the coast of Holland. It is a huge task to keep these defences maintained, but extensive investment into flood defences over the past 60 years has helped to keep the county safe.

Whilst some properties have flooded, Essex Police and its partners can confirm that no casualties or other serious incidents have been reported due to the flooding.

Superintendent Trevor Roe said: “On behalf of Essex Police and our partners we would like to thank the public for working with us and for evacuating their properties when asked to. This incident has shown once again that community spirit is at the heart of Essex with everyone pulling together to keep each other safe.”

Essex Police and its partners will continue to provide help and support to residents as they return to their homes.

Flood Fact:

82 per cent of properties at risk in Essex received a flood warning.

Updated at 04:15 on Friday, December 6

The flood situation in Essex has now been downgraded from severe flood warning  to a flood warning.

There is still some risk to properties but the high tides have passed and whilst the full picture will not be known for some time, it appears that the county has fortunately not seen the same conditions as other parts of the country.

The Environment Agency will be out assessing the flood defences to determine if any remedial work needs to be carried out.

The majority of the people who were evacuated from their homes have now left the rest centres.The emergency services worked with local authorities, Essex County Council, Health Service, Environment Agency and the military to ensure that the residents in the local communities near to the coast and rivers were kept safe.

The situation in Essex, which has one of the longest coastline in the Country, changed quite rapidly during the night.  From an initial two main areas of severe flood warning, a further seven areas were added by midnight.

Ch Supt Simon Williams, Gold Commander said: “Contingency plans were implemented to protect the communities of Essex.  All emergency services and authorities have worked tirelessly through the night to minimise the threat to the lives of those in the county.  We are grateful for the additional support provided by military personnel from the Colchester Garrison and by mutual aid supplied by the Metropolitan Police."

Anyone who wants to know the latest situation regarding the risk of flooding in their area should contact the Environment Agency hotline on 0845 988 1188 or visit the website

Updated at 23:22 on Thursday, December 5

Residents are urged to stay away from the flood risk areas as they could be putting themselves in danger.

Police are receiving information that people are going to the area to watch the flooding. The high seas and rising water is unpredictable and the emergency services do not want to have to rescue people who have put themselves in potentially dangerous situations.

The evacuation area for residents in Manningtree is The Co-op, Riverside East where you will then be transported to the rest centre at Leisure World in Colchester.

The evacuation area for residents in Hamford Water (Dovercourt) is the Harwich and Dovercourt High School in Hall Lane. People will be taken from here Leisure World in Colchester.

Rest centres for all residents of the Maldon district are open at the Upper Plume and Lower Plume schools in Maldon.

A NHS spokesperson said:
"We appreciate that some people who need to leave their homes will have particular health needs and will require extra support. If you have a medical condition and need assistance during the evacuation please call NHS 111, where staff are ready to get you the help you need."

Updated at 22:00 on Thursday, December 5

Severe flood warning for seven new areas in Essex

Environment Agency Floodline 0845 988 1188

Advice from the Environment Agency indicates that there is now an increased risk to other areas of Essex for a severe risk of flooding. The following areas are now at strong risk of flooding in addition to the Jaywick, Seawick and Mersea Island areas.

  • Manningtree
  • Hamford Water (Dovercourt to Walton)
  • Heybridge Basin (River Blackwater)
  • Maldon to Maylandsea
  • Creeksea to Battlesbridge (River Crouch)
  • Paglesham, Rochford, Potton Island and the Wakerings
  • Harwich to Mistley (Stour Estuary)


View Blackwater evacuation zone - December 6, 2013 in a larger map

Above: Blackwater evacuation zone

View Manningtree Town evacuation zone in a larger map

Above: Manningtree Town evacuation zone

Police officers, working with the other agencies, will be contacting residents in all the affected areas and they are advised to prepare themselves to leave their homes. They should prepare an overnight bag, ensure they have all necessary medication and make arrangements to stay with friends or relatives. If this is not possible they should await instructions of their nearest evacuation location where they will be transported to a rest centre.

A rest centre is being set up for Maldon District residents at the Upper Plume School.

Manningtree - the evacuation point is the Co-op store, Riverside East where you will be transported to the rest centre at Leisure World, Colchester.

Essex Police and its partners have set up a dedicated hotline that people can call for information and the number is 0800 0961233.

Updated at 7:45pm on Thursday, December 5

Police in Essex are continuing to warn and inform residents at risk of flooding to check with the Environment Agency  Floodline hotline on 0845 988 1188

They are advising those at greatest risk to leave their homes and either stay with friends or relatives or go to the evacuation area where they will be transported to the rest centres which are being organised by the local councils.

Parts of the Island of West Mersea are at risk of flooding tonight/early tomorrow morning and residents are being informed.  A rest centre has been set up at the Mersea Centre (MICA) in the High Street.

The residents in the affected areas include:

View West Mersea evacuation zone - December 5, 2013 in a larger map


Carriers Close Shears Crescent
Coast Road (Vicinity of West Mersea yacht club) Kingsland Beach
Goings Lane The Lane (west end only)

Essex Police and its partners have set up a dedicated hotline that people can call for information and the number is 0800 0961233.

Updated at 18:00 on Thursday, December 5 - School closures

Essex County Council advises residents to listen to their local radio station and to check their school's website for updates in relation to school closures.

Updated at 17:30 on Thursday, December 5

Teams are in place to receive the first evacuees from Jaywick when they arrive at Clacton County High School (CCHS) which has been set up as a rest centre for those who could be affected by flooding on the Tendring coastline tonight.

Residents from more than 60 streets around Jaywick have been advised to leave their homes as part of an evacuation of properties identified to be at risk.

The evacuation is being carried out by Essex Police and their partners while Tendring District Council (TDC) has set up the rest centre at the school.

CCHS has agreed to take around 1,000 people if necessary and will be closed to pupils tomorrow to accommodate the Jaywick residents.

June Clare, TDC’s Corporate Director for Public Experience, said that the Council has been closely monitoring the situation and the weather warnings over the past week and has put preparations in place.

“Once the severe weather warning was declared and the decision taken to evacuate residents from Jaywick we swung into action with our plans to set up a rest centre manned by our staff,” she said.

“We also have other sites – such as Clacton Leisure Centre – ready should we need to use them.

“We are keen to reassure people that, like the other emergency services and organisations involved, we have well-rehearsed contingency arrangements in place to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents.”

Mrs Clare said the situation will continue to be monitored carefully and the Council is working with its partners to provide for those residents affected by any flooding.

The rest centres will have medical professionals available on site.

Residents in all coastal areas could find themselves at risk of flooding and are advised to follow the flooding advice on the Essex Police website

Essex Police and its partners have set up a dedicated hotline that people can call for information and the number is 0800 0961233.

Updated at 16:55 on Thursday, December 5

Essex Police and its partners are working hard to prepare for the severe flooding alerts which are expected to hit the coasts of Essex during the night.

flooding updates

Police officers are knocking on doors in areas that need to be evacuated to ensure that residents are aware of the floods and that they should be evacuating.

They are also building up a picture of where people are who are refusing to leave their homes.

Officers are also carrying out high visibility patrols in the areas that have been evacuated.

A rest centres has now been set up at the Clacton County High School. There will not be a rest centres at Clacton Coastal Academy or Clacton Leisure Centre. This is a change to the information previously released. The rest centres will have GPs and representatives from the Red Cross in attendance. Essex County Council has information on its website about school openings.

Essex Police and its partners would like to stress that this is a serious flooding threat to areas in northern Essex and to take the threat seriously. If people are being asked to move from their homes it is for a good reason and for residents own safety.

Superintendent Trevor Roe of Essex Police said: “There will be flooding on coastal areas in northern Essex. I would urge all residents to take this flooding threat seriously and take notice of the advice from the emergency services.”

A dedicated hotline for the floods has been set up on 0800 0961233. The latest information is also available via the Essex Police website on

Update at 14:45 on Thursday, December 5

Details of the Rest Centres are as follows:

Clacton County High School is set up as rest centre now for 500. Once the school closes as normal at 3.10pm they will be able to take more people.

No decision has been made yet as to whether the school will close tomorrow. That will be taken later today. The school’s website will be updated with information.

Clacton Coastal Academy is setting up rest centre for around 500 people. The school is not closing early. It has a non-pupil day tomorrow so will be able to keep people.

Clacton Leisure Centre is being set up for 500 people.

Updated at 13:30 on Thursday, December 5

Essex Police and its partners are advising that the main times where people could be affected by the floods is an hour either side of 1.15am tomorrow (Friday December 6).

The main areas that are going to be evacuated are in Jaywick area and they are listed below, however residents in all coastal areas could find themselves at risk of flooding and are advised to follow the flooding advice that is detailed on the Essex Police website.

Essex Police and its partners have set up a dedicated hotline that people can call for information. The number is 0800 0961233.

Any people that are being evacuated are advised to make contact with their friends and relatives to let them know they are being moved to a safe area..

The rest centres will have medical professionals available on site.

Journalists are advised that the NHS is available for interviews. Contact NHS North Essex Communications is available on 01245 459457.

Jaywick Evacuation Zone

View Flood warnings - December 6, 2013 in a larger map


 Alvis Avenue
 Lavender Walk
 April's View
 Lincoln Avenue
 Austin Avenue
 Lotus Way
 Badminton Road
 Meadow Way
 Beach Crescent
 Beach Way
 Morris Avenue
 Belsize Avenue
 Napier Avenue
 Bentley Avenue
 Riley Avenue
 Rosemary Way
 Rover Avenue
 Brooklands Gardens
 Sea Crescent
 Buick Avenue
 Sea Glebe Way
 Cornflower Road
 Sea Holly Way
 Crossley Avenue
 Sea Pink Way
 Crossways (between j/w The Approach and Golf Green)
 Sea Shell Way
 Daimler Avenue
 Sea Thistle Way
 Essex Avenue
 Sea Way
 Fern Way
 Singer Avenue
 Fiat Avenue
 St. Christopher's Way
 Fir Way
 Standard Avenue
 Flowers Way
 Sunbeam Avenue
 Garden Road
 Swift Avenue
 Glebe Way
 Talbot Avenue
 Golf Green Road
 Tamarisk Way
 Gorse Way
 The Close
 Hillman Avenue
 Triumph Avenue
 Humber Avenue
 Vauxhaull Avenue
 Jasmine Way
 Willow Way
 Lake Way
 Wolseley Avenue
 Lanchester Avenue
 Yew Way


Initial update

Essex Police, together with its partners, is responding to the latest severe weather warnings from the Environment Agency by leading a multi-agency response with a full plan in place to oversee the safety of the public. 

Essex Police, together with its partners, has declared the severe weather situation a major incident and is advising some residents living along the Tendring coastline to evacuate their property. 

The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings - some at the highest level (severe) - for tides expected around the East of England Coast tonight (Thursday, December 5) and for tides tomorrow (Friday, December 6). 

There is a severe flooding warning for West Mersea, Point Clear, Jaywick and Seawick.

Key risk times are high tides at Thursday, December 5, at midnight and Friday, December 6, between midday and 1 pm.

Essex Police has activated well-rehearsed contingency plans and would like to reassure the public that it has plans in place to oversee the safety of residents living in at-risk areas.

At the moment the only areas Essex Police and its partners are planning to evacuate are parts of Jaywick. Details of the areas affected are being confirmed and Essex Police will issue these as soon as possible. Residents living in other areas at risk of flooding should following the advice issued by the Environment Agency.

Residents who may be evacuated are being encouraged to pack essential belongings and stay overnight with friends and relatives where possible. In the event that 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:


Jaywick Community Resource Centre in Brooklands, Jaywick.
The Golf Green Trust Hall, Golf Green Road, Jaywick.
Clacton on Sea Golf Club in West Road, Clacton.

Point Clear

Orchard Holiday Village


Hutleys Caravan Park

West Mersea

The Free Church in Mill Road – Rest Centre for overnight assistance

Rest Centre

Clacton County High School.

Police will be patrolling areas from where people have been evacuated to ensure property left unattended is as secure as possible.

Essex’s Emergency Services are advising residents living in coastal parts of Essex that they may have to be evacuated this evening (Thursday, December 5) as Essex braces itself for a flood alert overnight.

Residents in at-risk areas are advised to:

  • Work with local officers to ensure they follow advice and direction given about evacuations

  • Pack a bag of clothes and have any essential medical items ready in case they need to leave home

  • Ensure any valuables and or expensive electrical items such as televisions are stored in higher areas in your home should there be a flood

  • Place friends or relatives on standby in case you require a bed for the night

  • Do not drive unless essential

  • Do not walk through floodwaters

  • Do not try and unblock drains yourself

  • Look out for vulnerable friends and neighbours

  • Have torches, mobile phones, waterproofs, water, radio with batteries and other essential items at hand

Officers are also advising people not to contact the police or local councils for sandbags as they are not available to be issued.

Chief Inspector Richard Phillibrown, of Essex Police, says: “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.”

Residents can get the latest information and advice from the Essex Police website or the Environment Agency.

Latest details will also be available on the Essex Police website and social media via Twitter and on Facebook.

The public are advised to contact the police on the non-emergency number 101 if they have any concerns about their safety or that of their family. In an emergency the public should call 999.

People can also call the Environment Agency Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for the latest flood warnings in their own area.

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