Essex County Council will help around 100 vulnerable people stay safe as evacuations take place in Jaywick, Mersea and Mistley ahead of severe costal flooding expected to hit those areas tomorrow (Friday 13 January).
As well as providing assistance at the rest centre in Jaywick, at Tendring Educational Centre in Jaywick Lane, social care staff will help police door knocking to advise vulnerable residents about the flooding and evacuation.
Buses have been arranged to make sure those that do not have their own transport can get to rest centres safely.
Support is also being given to care homes to make sure that their residents who need extra care can be moved to an appropriate facility, or an available place in a nearby home.
Residents in Jaywick are advised to:
• Work with local officers, from Essex Police, Fire and the County Council to ensure they follow advice and direction given about the evacuation.
• Pack a bag of clothes and have any essential medical items ready for when you 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.
• Contact friends or relatives who live outside of Jaywick to see if there is somewhere else you can stay.
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 0345 988 1188 for the latest flood warnings in your area.