The emergency rooms at North East Lincolnshire Council were mobilised for the first time this year last week ahead of potential tidal flooding in coastal areas.
The indication from the Environment Agency had been that parts of Immingham, Grimsby and Cleethorpes could be subjected to localised flooding because of a combination of the weather systems and the spring high tides. For North East Lincolnshire, the concerns were predominantly around the Humberston Fitties area and Cleethorpes promenade.
Ahead of the tides, door to door contacts were made with both residents and businesses to advise what to do in cases of flooding; in addition leaflets were distributed giving details of flooding advice. Working with the various agencies across the Humber, messages were put out and shared regarding how to deal with flooding issues, and to advise onlookers to stay away from coastal areas for their own safety.
The roads around the sea front in Cleethorpes were briefly closed on both Thursday night/Friday morning and also on Friday evening ahead of the tides to maintain public safety.
Locally, there was some overlapping in parts of Cleethorpes sea front on the high tide.
Since the high tides, sea defences have been inspected and assessed, and there is no evidence of major damage as a result of the tidal surge. However, there has been some damage to the ramp to the beach at the side of the Pier, and a set of steps has been washed away at Brighton Slipway. These are currently closed off to members of the public whilst damage is assessed and a course of action agreed.
Cllr Ray Oxby, leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said:
I’d like to thank council and Engie staff as well as partner agencies from across the Humber for the work done last week in what was a very challenging 48 hours. I’d also like to thank the vast majority of people for their help and cooperation with our teams through the day and for heeding the safety advice provided.
We worked closely with partners to help our communities prepare and minimise any impact of the high tides. There was an enormous amount of work done to make sure everyone remained safe at the time, and also in the clean-up operation on the Friday and beyond.