Maldon District Council activates emergency plan in response to flood warnings

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Council on standby after flood warnings Council on standby after flood warnings

Maldon District Council has activated its emergency plan after the Environment Agency issued flood warnings for the area.

Staff are working closely with the emergency services to deal with any areas that may be affected to ensure the safety and welfare of residents.

A spokesman said: "The council is unable to provide sandbags as the responsibility to protect property is that of the occupant, not the council.

"If you believe your property may be affected we would advise you to make any necessary precautions if you can do so safely and move your valuables upstairs or to a higher location."

There are currently no plans to evacuate homes in the district.

The council’s emergency centre can be contacted on 01621 854477.

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6:11pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Treeman1963 says...

Don't worry Pike ...
Don't worry Pike ... Treeman1963

6:50pm Thu 5 Dec 13

paultheuver1 says...

A spokesman said: "The council is unable to provide sandbags as the responsibility to protect property is that of the occupant, not the council".

Who takes responsibility for allowing developments on areas prone to flooding??...Not the council I'm guessing...
A spokesman said: "The council is unable to provide sandbags as the responsibility to protect property is that of the occupant, not the council". Who takes responsibility for allowing developments on areas prone to flooding??...Not the council I'm guessing... paultheuver1

1:19pm Fri 6 Dec 13

An alternative view says...

"Who takes responsibility for allowing developments on areas prone to flooding??...Not the council I'm guessing..."

Various sources this morning reported as "Worst storm surge in 60 years", "Higher than 53".... Result no homes in Heybridge flooded that were built on flood plains...

My house in the "highest flood risk area" on the face of Maldon district...still had 1m of defences available at the peak of the surge...and the high tide that came over an hour later.... this from eye witness evidence and not the usual knee jerk group think.

Being on site and at the same time hearing info from the Plume evacuation centre there was a fair amount of misinformation flying around last night.

So all in all, thanks MDC and everyone involved, you took the cautious approach which we can't criticise, the defences are great, and they protected what they should, bring on another 60 years.
"Who takes responsibility for allowing developments on areas prone to flooding??...Not the council I'm guessing..." Various sources this morning reported as "Worst storm surge in 60 years", "Higher than 53".... Result no homes in Heybridge flooded that were built on flood plains... My house in the "highest flood risk area" on the face of Maldon district...still had 1m of defences available at the peak of the surge...and the high tide that came over an hour later.... this from eye witness evidence and not the usual knee jerk group think. Being on site and at the same time hearing info from the Plume evacuation centre there was a fair amount of misinformation flying around last night. So all in all, thanks MDC and everyone involved, you took the cautious approach which we can't criticise, the defences are great, and they protected what they should, bring on another 60 years. An alternative view

8:43pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Treeman1963 says...

The actual surge was at low water, approximately 9pm, if the surge had been at midnight you wouldn't have a house left. Just saying ...
The actual surge was at low water, approximately 9pm, if the surge had been at midnight you wouldn't have a house left. Just saying ... Treeman1963

2:19pm Sat 7 Dec 13

An alternative view says...

Treeman1963, we must have bumped in to each other where I observed this from 19:00 to 03:30?? I fear you saw something else old bean, as the surge hit at approx 12:25 here, i.e this was the highest point recorded when the tide wasn't at its height,

The high tide then followed in at 02:28. Between the surge and the high tide the level dropped approx 14inches (fixed datum), with approximately 3.5 feet of sea defences left at the highest point of the tide.

I'd be interested to see your observation data to compare where you were.... further out the estuary toward the sea? up the coast somewhat...
Treeman1963, we must have bumped in to each other where I observed this from 19:00 to 03:30?? I fear you saw something else old bean, as the surge hit at approx 12:25 here, i.e this was the highest point recorded when the tide wasn't at its height, The high tide then followed in at 02:28. Between the surge and the high tide the level dropped approx 14inches (fixed datum), with approximately 3.5 feet of sea defences left at the highest point of the tide. I'd be interested to see your observation data to compare where you were.... further out the estuary toward the sea? up the coast somewhat... An alternative view

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