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Flood exercise prepares for surge

A major flood defence exercise is set to be carried out in Norfolk and Suffolk to test the Environment Agency's emergency planning procedures.

The agency will rehearse its response to a coastal storm surge of severe flood warning magnitude from Hunstanton in Norfolk to Felixstowe in Suffolk.

Floodgates will be in operation at several locations during "Exercise Seagull" on 19 December.

The exercise will check flood defence structures are in working order.

High risk areas

The floodgates being brought into action will be at Wells-next-the-Sea and Great Yarmouth in Norfolk and Walberswick and Felixstowe Ferry in Suffolk.

Nick Hesp, from the Environment Agency, said: "Our workforce will follow the exercise as if it was a real event and will operate our flood defence structures as they would do in the event of a tidal surge.

"We are taking this opportunity to test our contingency procedures for power failures on key assets in high risk areas, monitoring the progress on the ground."

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