Britain on RED ALERT: Storm surge chaos set to smash coast as over 180 warnings issued

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Flood warnings have been issued up and down the east coastGETTY/ENVIRONMENT AGENCY

RED ALERT: Over 180 alerts have been issued up the east coast of England sparking flood chaos

Armed services were drafted in to the village of Jaywick in Essex yesterday to evacuate thousands of residents.

They were warned homes could be flooded by up to three metres of water when flooding hits at around 12.30pm.

Some have left already to take refuge in nearby towns, while other residents are more reluctant to leave.

“Gale-force winds and high tides are likely to create large and dangerous waves along parts of the east coast”

Mark Sitton-Kent

Around 100 soldiers were also deployed to Slegness in Lincolnshire, where around 3,000 people were urged to leave their homes.

And 5,000 homes have been evaucated in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

From Essex all the way to Newcastle, the east coast is at serious risk as heavy rain and gale force winds combine to bring weather misery.

Over 180 warnings have been issued by the Environment Agency up and down by the coast.

The most severe alerts — indicating lives could be at danger — have been issued in 16 places, with 87 flood warnings and 85 flood alerts.

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Mark Sitton-Kent, national duty manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Gale-force winds and high tides are likely to create large and dangerous waves along parts of the east coast on Friday and Saturday.

“These conditions could also cause flooding to coastal roads and could impact properties.”

Suffolk police have warned people to stay away from the water in popular coastal towns where dangerously big waves are expected to smash seafronts.

Emergency services in coastal counties are on standby in preparation for the extreme weather.

British Red Cross are also ready to respond with volunteers set to offer help in Essex, Kent, Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire.

Floods minister Therese Coffey said: “Our absolute priority is protecting lives, homes and businesses from the threat of coastal flooding currently facing the east coast.”

The lunchtime high tide is expected to bring “significant” flooding from lunchtime, with further warnings issued for a second battering from 9.45pm this evening.

The flooding comes after a polar surge gripped the UK bringing freezing temperatures and snow.

Last year Daily Star Online revealed the areas across Britain most at risk to severe flooding ahead of crippling storms.

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