Tidal surge: Residents take shelter at evacuation centres

Southend Standard: High tide from 1am at Jaywick High tide from 1am at Jaywick

RESIDENTS took shelter in evacuation centres as a severe tidal surge hit the Essex coast.

Nine people from Mersea Island took shelter in its MICA centre after the community’s coastline was battered by high tides and flooding around 1am.

In Tendring, residents took shelter at Clacton County High School.

The majority of the people who were evacuated from their homes have now left the rest centres.

Southend Standard: High tide from 1am. Jaywick Boats ready to be deployed

The situation changed quite rapidly during the night. From an initial two main areas of severe flood warning, a further seven areas were added by midnight.

Ch Supt Simon Williams, Gold Commander said: “Contingency plans were implemented to protect the communities of Essex. All emergency services and authorities have worked tirelessly through the night to minimise the threat to the lives of those in the county. We are grateful for the additional support provided by military personnel from the Colchester Garrison and by mutual aid supplied by the Metropolitan Police."

The flood situation has now been downgraded from severe flood warning to a flood warning.

Southend Standard: High tide from 1am. Jaywick Tide rising at a floodgate near the Martello Tower

The county’s fire service said there is still some risk to properties but the high tides have passed.

Whilst the full picture will not be known for some time, it appears the county has fortunately not seen the same conditions as other parts of the country.

The Environment Agency will be out assessing the flood defences to determine if any remedial work needs to be carried out.

Anyone who wants to know the latest situation regarding the risk of flooding in their area should contact the Environment Agency hotline on 0845 988 1188 or visit the website

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11:23am Fri 6 Dec 13

tomtheDJ says...

Cant fault all the emergancy services during yesterdays hectic times.
we had officers coming round every half hour or so asking if we were staying, or urging us to evac.
my local neighbours in the maine, stayed, but I bagged plenty of clothes, medicines and stuff should we feel the need to evac quickly in my trusty old landrover, but it never came to that.
Infact, from midnight to near 3am we were just standing & talking leaning on our seawall watching the tide stedily cover our beach, then the lower third of our seawall, but one kind soul made us cups of tea in true Jaywickian spirit...lol
the next tides for us are due 2-00pm `ish, but belive they have been downgraded thankfully.

So, BIG shout for the emergancy services, thanks one and all.
Cant fault all the emergancy services during yesterdays hectic times. we had officers coming round every half hour or so asking if we were staying, or urging us to evac. my local neighbours in the maine, stayed, but I bagged plenty of clothes, medicines and stuff should we feel the need to evac quickly in my trusty old landrover, but it never came to that. Infact, from midnight to near 3am we were just standing & talking leaning on our seawall watching the tide stedily cover our beach, then the lower third of our seawall, but one kind soul made us cups of tea in true Jaywickian spirit...lol the next tides for us are due 2-00pm `ish, but belive they have been downgraded thankfully. So, BIG shout for the emergancy services, thanks one and all. tomtheDJ

11:49am Fri 6 Dec 13

bazza 1 says...

I can remember having a holiday in one of the chalets in Jaywick back in 1957, when I was a child. We had a storm one night, and when we got up in the morning the chalet was surrounded by a moat of water where the sea came over the sea wall. In those days unfortunately there was no running water or mains plumbing to the chalets. Chemical toilets, and a stand pipe in the road for drinking water. It was an uncomfortable couple of hours, till the water drained away, but a bit of an adventure for a seven year old. Hope not too much damage has been done this time.
I can remember having a holiday in one of the chalets in Jaywick back in 1957, when I was a child. We had a storm one night, and when we got up in the morning the chalet was surrounded by a moat of water where the sea came over the sea wall. In those days unfortunately there was no running water or mains plumbing to the chalets. Chemical toilets, and a stand pipe in the road for drinking water. It was an uncomfortable couple of hours, till the water drained away, but a bit of an adventure for a seven year old. Hope not too much damage has been done this time. bazza 1

12:23pm Fri 6 Dec 13

RonnieClegg says...

Often criticise the Gazette but full marks for coverage today and last night - regular updates were excellent. National BBC failed lamentably, going overboard (excuse the pun) on Nelson Mandela to the detriment of covering an unfolding story at home. Particularly bad was the decision not to put Look East on at the regular time after the late news, when lots would have been tuning in to hear the latest situation. But then, London was OK, so that was fine.
Often criticise the Gazette but full marks for coverage today and last night - regular updates were excellent. National BBC failed lamentably, going overboard (excuse the pun) on Nelson Mandela to the detriment of covering an unfolding story at home. Particularly bad was the decision not to put Look East on at the regular time after the late news, when lots would have been tuning in to hear the latest situation. But then, London was OK, so that was fine. RonnieClegg

7:56pm Fri 6 Dec 13

tomtheDJ says...

bazza 1 wrote:
I can remember having a holiday in one of the chalets in Jaywick back in 1957, when I was a child. We had a storm one night, and when we got up in the morning the chalet was surrounded by a moat of water where the sea came over the sea wall. In those days unfortunately there was no running water or mains plumbing to the chalets. Chemical toilets, and a stand pipe in the road for drinking water. It was an uncomfortable couple of hours, till the water drained away, but a bit of an adventure for a seven year old. Hope not too much damage has been done this time.
good story bazza.
we have an arts & heritage centre here in jaywick, its the old martello tower.
often they put of memoriable exhibtions telling stories of past jaywicks life, your story would fit very well.

on a personal note, some years ago we had an old neighbour visit.
the elderly lady convayed the same sort of story as yours, then stopping and asking "where do you get your water from" ??
I politely answered, through our then new all plastic plumbing.
but where does it come from - she asked again ??
from the mains supply I said.
but she asked again, but where, what standpipe....
I sighed, thought for a second, then said-
to be honest, I just chuck a bucket on a rope over the seawall and use that..
no reply..
but where do you empty your loo bucket waste aswell,-
that answer had to come out -
OH, I just use the same bucket over the seawall.............
....................
............lol trying to keep a straight face....
she just took a sip of tea then said.......

nothings changed much then.....
I had to go out the room for laughing so much..

poor dear had the mindset of so many much younger "adults" who have never been near nor by in half a century....bless there cotton socks eh..

have a happy christmas bazza, and long live your memories of bygone times..
(honestly, we`ve had many many £millions spent here since 1996)
[quote][p][bold]bazza 1[/bold] wrote: I can remember having a holiday in one of the chalets in Jaywick back in 1957, when I was a child. We had a storm one night, and when we got up in the morning the chalet was surrounded by a moat of water where the sea came over the sea wall. In those days unfortunately there was no running water or mains plumbing to the chalets. Chemical toilets, and a stand pipe in the road for drinking water. It was an uncomfortable couple of hours, till the water drained away, but a bit of an adventure for a seven year old. Hope not too much damage has been done this time.[/p][/quote]good story bazza. we have an arts & heritage centre here in jaywick, its the old martello tower. often they put of memoriable exhibtions telling stories of past jaywicks life, your story would fit very well. on a personal note, some years ago we had an old neighbour visit. the elderly lady convayed the same sort of story as yours, then stopping and asking "where do you get your water from" ?? I politely answered, through our then new all plastic plumbing. but where does it come from - she asked again ?? from the mains supply I said. but she asked again, but where, what standpipe.... I sighed, thought for a second, then said- to be honest, I just chuck a bucket on a rope over the seawall and use that.. no reply.. but where do you empty your loo bucket waste aswell,- that answer had to come out - OH, I just use the same bucket over the seawall............. .................... ............lol trying to keep a straight face.... she just took a sip of tea then said....... nothings changed much then..... I had to go out the room for laughing so much.. poor dear had the mindset of so many much younger "adults" who have never been near nor by in half a century....bless there cotton socks eh.. have a happy christmas bazza, and long live your memories of bygone times.. (honestly, we`ve had many many £millions spent here since 1996) tomtheDJ

7:56pm Fri 6 Dec 13

hughie-s says...

RonnieClegg wrote:
Often criticise the Gazette but full marks for coverage today and last night - regular updates were excellent. National BBC failed lamentably, going overboard (excuse the pun) on Nelson Mandela to the detriment of covering an unfolding story at home. Particularly bad was the decision not to put Look East on at the regular time after the late news, when lots would have been tuning in to hear the latest situation. But then, London was OK, so that was fine.
Quite why there was a need to drop BBC 1 programming in order relay BBC News 24 is beyond me, quick announcement and those interested could change channels.
[quote][p][bold]RonnieClegg[/bold] wrote: Often criticise the Gazette but full marks for coverage today and last night - regular updates were excellent. National BBC failed lamentably, going overboard (excuse the pun) on Nelson Mandela to the detriment of covering an unfolding story at home. Particularly bad was the decision not to put Look East on at the regular time after the late news, when lots would have been tuning in to hear the latest situation. But then, London was OK, so that was fine.[/p][/quote]Quite why there was a need to drop BBC 1 programming in order relay BBC News 24 is beyond me, quick announcement and those interested could change channels. hughie-s

1:08pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Snowthorne says...

Though i managed, with help, to get myself & my animals to a friends in Clacton i cannot praise highly enough all concerned for their help.
I rang Essex Police a few times for updates while waiting to get home & all i spoke to were very patient & informative.
So many thanks to all involved in keeping Jaywick safe!
Though i managed, with help, to get myself & my animals to a friends in Clacton i cannot praise highly enough all concerned for their help. I rang Essex Police a few times for updates while waiting to get home & all i spoke to were very patient & informative. So many thanks to all involved in keeping Jaywick safe! Snowthorne

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