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High tides expected New Years Day but EA says not to panic

By CWilson_TG  |  Posted: December 11, 2013

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The Environment Agency has warned that "higher than average" tides are expected on New Years Day but people should not to panic.

The agency says it is not expecting a repeat of last weeks flooding because tidal flooding is caused by a combination of tide levels, tidal surge and strong winds and as yet they don't know what the weather forecast will be.

John Ray, from the Environment Agency, said: “Astronomical tide levels for the first week of January are slightly higher than those experienced last Thursday evening. This does not however mean we will have a repeat of the flooding.

“We know what astronomical tide levels are going to be years ahead but weather conditions can only be forecast by the Met Office up to about a week in advance. We don’t know yet is what the weather will be.”

Last Thursday’s astronomical tide was 3.61 metres but it was this combined with strong winds and a large surge of over 1.6 metres above tide level which resulted in tidal flooding.

To find out more about the type of action that can be taken and to sign up to receive the Environment Agency’s free flood warnings call Floodline Warnings Direct on 0845 988 1188.

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