Police declare major incident ahead of predicted tidal surge

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Humberside Police and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service have warned communities along the East Coast to brace themselves ahead of what is likely to be the most serious coastal tidal surge for over 30 years in our region.

This has led to a major incident being declared as emergency services and local authorities across the Humber prepare for an ingression of water during high tide periods later this evening from around 5pm onwards.

The Environment Agency and Met Office are warning that gale-force winds, large waves and a tidal surge caused by low pressure will combine with high tides today and throughout Friday and to Saturday morning, bringing a risk of significant coastal flooding.

North East Lincolnshire is most likely to be affected by the high tides leading to possible breaches from Immingham, along the coastline to the Humberston Fitties.

Residents living in the areas of Immingham, Grimsby and Cleethorpes close to the River Humber and coast line are advised to start taking precautions.

Emergency services and partners are continuing to monitor the likelihood and will ensure that vulnerable members of the community are prioritized.

For the latest information on the weather log on to www.environment-agency.gov.uk, for advice on how to take precautions or where to go in the event of evacuation contact your local council on the following. For latest updates around the region follow us on Twitter ‪#‎humberflood‬

For advice in your local area contact East Riding of Yorkshire Council on 01482 393939.