East Riding of Yorkshire Council has put emergency plans into action and will be operational throughout the night as it continues to monitor weather conditions that have already seen gale force winds affect the area, with further inclement weather forecast over the next 48 hours.
Reports indicate that gale force winds and high tides could result in potential flooding along the Holderness Coast and the North and South Bank of the Humber. The worst of the gale force winds (60-70mph) will sweep across the region during the course of the afternoon before dying down this evening (40mph).
Conditions could see overtopping potentially occur in a number of locations along the coast and the Humber banks and the council has deployed scouts to provide feedback to inform operations.
An emergency control centre has been established in order to respond quickly to any flood incident(s) that may occur in the East Riding, with staff and equipment, including sandbags and pumping equipment, on standby at the council’s depots ready to deploy, as required.
The deployment of sandbags will 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.
Officers from the council’s public protection and sustainable development teams are door knocking in areas along the east coast that are at risk of flooding and coastal erosion, including caravan sites and properties in communities such as Skipsea.
As a precautionary measure, transport services have vehicles on standby should residents at risk need to be evacuated and leisure centres are ready to act as respite centres.
The council’s forestry team has eight crews in operation and has been called out to 64 incidents of downed trees, with two affecting the A1079 at Bishop Burton and the A164 near Beswick.
A number of schools have also closed due to the weather, including Hornsea School, Woodmansey Primary School and Newbald Primary School.
For safety reasons, residents and visitors to the East Riding are being advised to avoid seafronts and harbour tops, especially around the evening and early morning high tides.
Dave Morley, head of customer services, said: “The weather picture continues to change and the council is closely monitoring conditions and, alongside our partner agencies, has put emergency plans into place.
“We would advise residents, particularly along the coast and banks of the Humber, to avoid the seafront and also for motorists to allow extra time for their journeys and to drive to the conditions.
“The council will continue to keep residents informed via the local media, our website and on Twitter.”
For more information go to www.eastriding.gov.uk/living/emergencies/preparing-for-emergencies/flooding/?locale=en or follow the council on Twitter @East_Riding and @ER_roads
Or visit the Environment Agency website for the latest flood alerts/warnings at www.environment-agency.gov.uk