Wisbech urged to sign up for flood alerts ahead of high tides

Floods in North and South Brink Wisbech ENGANL00120131231122630
Floods in North and South Brink Wisbech ENGANL00120131231122630

People in Wisbech are being urged to sign up for flood alerts ahead of next month’s expected high tides.

The Environment Agency, councils and the Met Office are closely monitoring the situation.

A spokesman said: “High astronomic tides (also known as “spring tides”) will be at their greatest over the next three months. This is because September 2015 is the point in a natural 19-year cycle when the sun, moon and earth align to exert the greatest force on the tides in the UK.

“High tides do not in themselves lead to flooding. It is only when they happen to coincide with a combination of low pressure and strong winds that they can cause coastal flooding.

“We will monitor the situation closely, working alongside partners, including the Met Office and local authorities, and will issue alerts and warnings if required. 

“As always, we would urge people and businesses to sign up to receive free flood warnings and to check their flood risk via our daily flood risk forecast and live Flood Warnings map.”

Cllrs Virginia and Michael Bucknor set up the flood warden scheme following the tidal surge which battered the town in 2013.

Flood wardens help vulnerable people and ensure people are signed up to receive flood warnings.

Cllr Mrs Bucknor said: “This may not happen but like any emergency we have got to be prepared.”

To sign up for flood alerts go to: https://fwd.environment-agency.gov.uk/app/olr/home