Council welcomes Environment Agency barrier deployment

12 Jan 2017

Northumberland County Council has welcomed work by the Environment Agency to install temporary barriers in Blyth ahead of possible high tides over the coming days.

Nationally, communities are warned to be prepared for high tides, large waves carrying debris and possible flooding along the east coast of England between Thursday and Saturday.

Although there is a low coastal flood risk currently, people are urged to take extreme care and avoid walking along coastal paths and promenades while these are affected by strong winds and large waves. People are also urged to sign up to receive flood warnings.

Environment Agency teams are closely monitoring the flood risk and are working hard to reduce the risk of flooding by checking and maintaining defences and ensuring that temporary defences are ready to be set up where necessary.

The agency is today (Thursday) putting up a small section of temporary barrier , approximately 50metres, at Cowpen Quay, Blyth as a precaution in preparation for the high tides and strong winds.

Councillor Dave Ledger, Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council who has responsibility for civil contingencies, said: “This is a great example of agencies working together to keep local communities safe.

“While these barriers are just a precaution we know from past experience the misery even localised flooding can cause and we welcome this pro-active step from the Environment Agency.”

Doug Wilson, National Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, said:
“The combination of strong winds and high tides could result in flooding along sections of the east coast between now and Saturday. Large waves are also likely and these could cause water carrying dangerous debris to go over flood defences.

“Please remember to take extreme care when walking along coastal paths and promenades.”

“People should check their flood risk and keep up to date with the latest situation at https://www.gov.uk/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-flooding, call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest flood updates.”‎