Evac­u­a­tion as high tide pre­dicted

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - News -

Evac­uees es­cap­ing a pre­dicted high tide and se­vere weather, which could cause mass flood­ing in a small Es­sex vil­lage, have be­gun ar­riv­ing at a rest cen­tre.

Set up by the dis­trict coun­cil in an ed­u­ca­tional cen­tre in Ten­dring, Clac­ton, for the young, old and furry and four-legged, it can cater for more than 1,000 peo­ple who are leav­ing Jay­wick.

Nigel Brown, from Ten­dring Dis­trict Coun­cil, said the rest cen­tre was first set up on Thurs­day af­ter­noon for those be­ing evac­u­ated by emer­gency ser­vices.

“The main is­sue at that time was go­ing to be the lunchtime high tide . . . that turned out not to be an is­sue,” he said.

“The aim is to get as many peo­ple in here to­day as we can. We had 17 peo­ple stay here overnight and so far we have reg­is­tered at least 85 peo­ple. We would ex­pect an­other cou­ple of hun­dred to come through by tonight.”

Pro­vid­ing some­where to sleep, along with food, hot drinks and even some­where safe for pets, Mr Brown said so far the cen­tre has taken in more than 30 dogs.

“There are a lot of dog own­ers in Jay­wick, and they just won’t come with­out them,” he added.

Si­mon Scott moved to the coastal vil­lage 15 months ago, mak­ing this his first flood and evac­u­a­tion. The 58-year-old was at the cen­tre with his dog Char­lie. Mr Scott said: “I would not come here with­out him – I would have stayed at home, I would not have left my dog.”

Asked about wor­ries over loot­ing, Bar­bara Par­sons – who has lived in Jay­wick for 30 years – said res­i­dents have “got to take the chance” of leav­ing their homes.

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