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Weather alert

12 January 2017

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 residents likely to be affected by coastal flooding in the north of the county.

The severe weather situation of both rain and strong winds, which is set to potentially cause flooding in Jaywick, is likely to reach its peak at lunchtime tomorrow afternoon, Friday, January 13.

In response to the information provided by both the Environment Agency and the Met Office the multi-agency group has decided that residents in Jaywick will be evacuated from their homes.

Police officers will be calling at addresses in Jaywick from 4pm this afternoon to advise people that a full evacuation plan will be implemented starting at 7am on Friday morning, January 13.

A rest centre has been established at Tendring Education Centre, Jaywick Lane, Clacton, CO16 8BE by Tendring District Council. The centre will be ready to receive residents evacuating their homes in Jaywick from 4pm today, Thursday, January 12 and will be able to accommodate them until their homes are deemed safe to return to. Domestic pets will be accommodated.

Any which require specialised care will not be able to be taken to the rest centres.

Chief Insp Russ Cole, district commander at Tendring said: “Acting on all the professional guidance and experience of our colleagues at the Environment Agency and the Met Office, a partnership decision has been taken to evacuate the homes in Jaywick to ensure the safety of all residents.

“My officers will start calling at all residences in Jaywick from 4pm this afternoon, to advise them that from 7am tomorrow we will be transporting people out of the town to the rest centre.

“We will also advise that from 4pm they can of course self-evacuate and make their own way to the rest centre or to another place of safety at a friend or relative’s home outside of Jaywick.

“This decision has not been taken lightly and has been made in the best interests of all residents to ensure their safety until the severe weather passes.”

Essex Police has activated well-rehearsed contingency plans to deal with eventualities such as this and are working closely with other partners including the other emergency services, Tendring District Council, health and social care, with the safety of everyone being the primary responsibility.

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

We are also mindful of other inclement weather due to hit the county including the wider risk of heavy rain, low temperatures leading to potentially icy road and also the possibility of snow.

Residents in Jaywick 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 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


Residents can get the latest information and advice from the Essex Police website, Twitter @EssexPoliceUK, and Facebook or the Environment Agency as well as from Tendring District Council and our partners.

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 their own area.