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Environment Agency takes action over flood risk

The Environment Agency issued a precautionary evacuation notice (PEN) on Tuesday (March 20th) for caravans that lie between two sea defences on the Norfolk coast between Snettisham and Hunstanton.

The PEN was issued because of the high tide and weather conditions putting the area at risk of flooding.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “The evacuation is a precautionary measure, but should be followed so that if there is a flood, emergency services are not put at risking trying to find people who have stayed in their homes.

“Flood warnings and severe flood warnings will continue to be issued if they become necessary. Anyone in a flood risk area should tune into local radio and TV to keep updated with the situation.”

A PEN is put into place to give people enough time to leave their homes in a planned way while it’s still light.