Jaywick to be evacuated over flood fears

The rest centre
Image caption The rest centre has been set up at Tendring Education Centre

A village previously hit by flooding is to be evacuated amid severe weather warnings.

Residents in Jaywick will be moved from 07:00 on Friday, Essex Police said. Officers are visiting people to alert them to the plans.

Ch Insp Russ Cole, district commander at Tendring, said the decision was "not taken lightly".

It is just over three years since 2,500 homes in the village were evacuated ahead of a tidal surge.

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The Environment Agency has issued a severe weather warning for Jaywick forecasting rain, strong winds and potential flooding, which is expected to peak on Friday lunchtime.

Image caption Emergency services are prepared ahead of the expected tidal surge

A rest centre at Tendring Education Centre in Clacton has been opened to provide shelter.

Ch Insp Cole said: "Acting on all the professional guidance, a decision has been taken to evacuate the homes in Jaywick to ensure the safety of all residents.

"My officers will start calling at all residences in Jaywick this afternoon, to advise them that from 07:00 tomorrow we will be transporting people out of the town to the rest centre.

"We will also advise that from 16:00 they can of course self-evacuate and make their own way to the rest centre or to another place of safety outside of Jaywick.

"This decision has not been taken lightly and has been made in the best interests of all residents to ensure their safety until the severe weather passes."

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