Severe weather warning: midnight 23 Dec – 6am 24th Dec

The Met Office have issued an Amber Warning of Windvalid from 00:05 on Tue, 24th Dec 2013 until 06:00 on Tue, 24th Dec 2013.

“Southwesterly gales and locally severe gales will continue across southern and eastern parts of England during Monday night, but are expected to strengthen further across parts of southeast England, including SUFFOLK, in the Amber warning area, during the early hours of Tuesday, with gusts of 65-75 mph inland and 75-85 mph along exposed eastern coasts. The winds will ease from the west by morning.”
Note – Friday 27th sees return of gales and rain.

Heavy rain is anticipated although it is considered that this will only have the potential for localised surface water flooding with up to 20-25mm of rain across the county.  There may be other incidents of flooding in areas susceptible to flooding from fast reacting rivers – Rattlesden, Stowmarket  and possibly to Needham Market.

Widespread messages are being circulated to the public through the media – that “ the Public should be prepared for disruption, particularly to travel and for interruptions to power supplies.”

TRAVEL

Road:  The Highways Agency has closed the QEII Bridge at Dartford until further notice with traffic being diverted through the tunnels.  It is anticipated that the Orwell Bridge will be closed later this evening- based upon the wind limits, but hopefully after this evening’s homeward commute to ease congestion problems in Ipswich.

Suffolk Highways are activating their Highways Hub overnight to deal with expected road disruption.  However, crews will not carry out chainsaw clearances during darkness hours, but will make situations safe and put diversions in place.  Additional crews will commence shifts earlier tomorrow morning.

Rail: Anglia Rail tell us  50 mph speed restriction will be imposed across the Route network from 6pm this evening until first thing tomorrow morning. As a consequence there will be some cancellations and alterations to services.

Services in Anglia are not expected to resume until after 10am tomorrow morning, to be in position to clear the debris, etc. and also allow for “route proving trains” to check the lines before re-opened to services. If possible they will restore services before 10am but the advice to the public is not to look to travel tomorrow until after 1000 hrs.

POWER OUTAGES

It is anticipated that there will be power outages, especially along the coast.  UK Power Networks have initiated their emergency procedures.

GENERAL

Warnings are being sent regarding open areas, public spaces and parks and Right of Way regarding the hazards.

There may be loss of power affecting care homes and vulnerable people

Probable closure of Port of Felixstowe,  and increased congestion if Orwell Bridge closed.

Caroline Page

LibDem Spokesperson for Transport

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David v Goliath: Suffolk LibDems see off Hadleigh Tescos

Dave Busby reaches the end of Movember - and hits Decembeard?

Twenty six years after it first proposed a store in Hadleigh, Tesco has at last admitted defeat and has withdrawn its application to build a supermarket there.

The supermarket giant has finally conceded that they cannot get past spirited public defence of Hadleigh High Street – which on this final occasion was led by Lib Dem David Busby and the Babergh Planning Committee.  District councillors voted seven to six to reject the plans. They decided they would be gambling  on the future of the whole town’s economy if they  the 2,500 square metre store to go ahead.

“Tesco would do more harm than good,” said Cllr Busby.“If we get the decision wrong and the high street goes down, we will never get it back.”

However he warns that the future of the town doesn’t end here.  ”This can only be seen as the start of the survival of the High Street, it doesn’t guarantee it,” says Cllr Busby.  ” A sustainable future can only be ensured by constant attention.It is now down to the people of Hadleigh, the retailers and the town councillors to make it happen!

 

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Warning: Suffolk Coastal tidal surge tonight

Looks like the Suffolk Coast may be in for a hammering battering tonight, with the Environment Agency strongest tidal surge in 60 years predicted. Already there are Severe Flood Warnings right along the Suffolk Coast, from  Felixstowe to Lowestoft .

However a Major Incident has been announced – so keep aware.

  • The Environment Agency Warnings link identifes trouble spots. It  is  updated every time there is a change to predicted circumstances.
  • When flooding is likely, the Environment Agency issues flood alerts and warnings through the media –  broadcast on TV and local radio. You can register with the Environment Agency to receive free floods warnings by phone, text or e-mail. You can also  get advice and information via Floodline on 0845 9881188.
  • Suffolk Police Emergency Helpline: 0845 603 2814
  • If there is any risk of danger to people, property or the environment as a result of flooding you should not hesitate to ring 999.
  • Further general information can be found on the Suffolk County Council flood risk  webpage

Keep an eye on warnings and keep safe!

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