Jaywick,Essex Thursday 12th January 2016 :Jaywick is set to be evacuated because it is at risk of flooding tomorrow (January 13).
Due to the severe weather warning of rain and strong winds, Essex Police will be calling at addresses in the town from 4pm this afternoon to advise people that a full evacuation plan start at 7am on Friday morning.
The expected flooding is likely to reach its peak at lunchtime tomorrow afternoon.
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 (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 www.essexpolice.uk, Twitter @EssexPoliceUK, and Facebook or the Environment Agency www.environnment-agency.gov.ukas well as from Tendring District Council and our partners. ©UKNIP