Mablethorpe residents are urged not to panic about predicted New Year high tides

Residents are urged not to panic about predicted high tides for January 1.
Residents are urged not to panic about predicted high tides for January 1.

The Environment Agency is urging coastal communities caught up in the recent tidal surge to not panic despite the reports of high tides due on New Year’s Day.

The high tide levels that are due to hit on January 1 is expected to be higher than the ones which were recorded during the latest flood surge.

But, unless a combination of low air pressure and high gale force winds make an appearance on the day, it is likely the water level will actually be lower than the combined height of the tide and storm surge that hit previously.

And the Environment Agency is urging the public to stay informed and keep an eye on the weather forecast as New Year’s Day approaches.

The agency is also continuing to inspect and repair the flood defences damaged by the surge.

JohnRay, of 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 year’s ahead but weather conditions can only be forecast by the Met Office up to about a week in advance.”

John also said: “We have staff on the ground checking tidal defences and will carry out repairs where they are needed. We also have staff on duty whose job is it to monitor conditions and we will discuss flood alerts and warnings if this becomes necessary.

“We would like to reassure people that should we need them to take any action to prepare for this tide on New Year’s Day or any other time, we will work with out partners to let them know.

“In the meantime, people can find out about the type of action they can take and sign up for free flood warnings by calling Flood Warnings Direct on 0845 988 1188.”