Wells Flood Action Plan – Residents

Flooding Information for Wells Residents (May 2022)
Mike and Marie Strong Joint Co-ordinators Wells Flood Action Plan

Sea Flooding: Suggestions for those living permanently in Wells i.e. registered on the Wells Electoral Roll and where the property is noted by the Environment Agency as being at risk of sea flooding. (Please see last month’s edition of the Quay for information relating to those owning but not residing in a Wells property which is at risk of flooding.)

 If you have recently purchased your home you should know if it is at risk of flooding but if for any reason you are in doubt contact the Environment Agency (EA) (03459 88 11 88); ask if your property is at risk of flooding; register for Flood Warnings Direct (FWD) providing your land line, mobile numbers and email address.

Access flood defence information at www.environment-agency.gov.uk  following the links Prepare for flooding; Prepare your property for. flooding; National Flood Forum – Blue Pages Directory (or search nationalfloodforum.org.uk/01299 403 055).  (You may also have elderly/infirm relatives and friends who live in a house at risk of flooding –  with their permission follow the above procedures and discuss with the EA the possibility of your receiving relevant flood warnings.)

Regularly check your flood defences and ensure you have arranged for someone to erect them if you are unable for any reason.  Download local tide tables from Wells Town Council website wellstc.norfolkparishes.gov.uk  together with a copy of the possible routes to Alderman Peel School (designated evacuation centre).

Should you receive a Severe Flood Warning it will include reference to evacuation. A decision to evacuate will be a ‘multi-agency’ decision involving amongst others County and District Councils, EA, Police, Fire & Rescue and Coastguard.  If a decision is taken to evacuate Alderman Peel School will be opened.

The North Norfolk Police Flood Liaison Officer has endorsed the advice given above and emphases that anyone owning an ‘at risk property’ should ensure there is an evacuation plan with which all residents in the property are familiar.  He further emphases the need for occupants to listen to the agencies involved with evacuation and act accordingly as the agencies cannot guarantee anyone’s safety who ignores the advice given to evacuate.

We know local residents care about their homes and the safety of their families so hope you will forgive us for making suggestions compiled in the light of our experience.  Finally we must emphasise that Wells has seven areas at risk of flooding and more homes at risk then any other community along this stretch of the coast.  Conversely our Flood Warden team is a very small group of local volunteers who only have the capacity to be tasked with warning and informing residents.  We will write more next month about what Flood Wardens can be tasked to do and importantly what lies outside their remit – and how you can be prepared.