Council report makes flood recommendations after coastal flooding

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The report recommended a review of the sea defences in Hornsea and Withernsea

A council has recommended a number of measures to reduce the risk of flooding along parts of the east coast.

It comes after high winds and tides in January caused "significant flooding" to a number of properties and businesses in Hornsea and Withernsea.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has recommended a review of the sea defences in the resorts.

It is also calling for the Environment Agency to review its flood warning system.

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A grandmother and two children were rescued from a car

The flooding caused damage to several properties and businesses, and in Hornsea two children had to be rescued from a sinking car on the sea front after waves overtopped the sea defences.

A report by East Riding of Yorkshire Council recommended a review of the flood defences, and for those affected by the winter flooding to consider flood protection measures for their properties.

The authority also recommended the Environment Agency reviewed its flood warning system.

The agency said it already had a network of monitoring stations in place, which allowed it to respond to coastal flooding.

However, it said the issue in January was further complicated by strong winds that occurred earlier than forecast, resulting in waves overtopping earlier than predicted.

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An amusement arcade and fish and chip shop in Hornsea were among those flooded
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A number of businesses were damaged in Hornsea

Georgia Tye, from Funspot Amusements in Hornsea, which has just reopened after being flooded, said they could have prepared better with more warning.

"We could have moved machines and fortified the premises better," she said.

"Things would have been a lot better for us."

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