Great Yarmouth Borough Council warns of further risk in Hemsby and works to ensure welfare and safety of residents
Environmental Services Officers, Housing Options Managers and Building Control Surveyors from Great Yarmouth Borough Council have been in Hemsby all weekend, working together with the Parish Council, County Council, Hemsby Inshore Rescue and the emergency services to ensure local residents safety.
13 properties from The Marrams in Hemsby have been evacuated over the weekend, due to the risk that they might fall into the sea, as strong winds and high tides battered the fragile Hemsby cliff area. A rest centre was set up at the Hemsby Village Hall.
The Leader of the Borough Council, the Deputy Leader and local elected Members have been on site throughout the weekend supporting residents. The Council's Chief Executive officer, Sheila Oxtoby, visited the village this morning and council officers are visiting residents who have been evacuated to make sure they are kept up to date with the changing situation and discuss emergency housing options so that suitable accommodation can be found for those who are unable to re-enter their properties.
Coastal Protection and Resilience Officers have also been on site today, further assessing the damage together with Building Control Surveyors and Environmental Services Officers who are monitoring the area. The police are also still at the scene. Council officers are in discussion with local land and beach owners, The Watling Trust, to ensure safety at the site.
Jan Davies, Head of Resilience for Norfolk County Council said: "Further high tides and strong winds are forecast for at least the next 48 hours, and the risk of properties sliding down the cliffs remains very high."
Cllr Graham Plant, Leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council said:
"This has been a frightening weekend for the residents of Hemsby, who have pulled together once again to help their friends and neighbours to evacuate their properties.
We have tried and tested plans in place for emergencies such as these, which means people can be evacuated quickly and we can make sure that there is food and shelter for those who need it. Huge thanks must also go to local people and local businesses who have offered food, accommodation, removal services and safe havens for those who have had to leave their homes.
At this time, we ask that everyone, other than the emergency services and council officers monitoring the site, stay away from The Marrams, both beachside and land side. The area is extremely dangerous, and the conditions are changing every hour as we continue to have strong winds and high tides.
The Council would like to thank and commend all partners and agencies, especially the Hemsby Inshore Rescue Team. who have provided exceptional support during this challenging time."