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Talks over Norfolk flood warning concerns

Concerns about a national flood warning system following the scrapping of coastal sirens in Norfolk are to be discussed at a council meeting.

The Environment Agency (EA) will explain next week how its Flood Warning Direct system of alerting people by text, phone or email works.

The county council said concerns were raised during a consultation over the future of flood sirens in Norfolk.

Warning sirens to alert residents near the coast were withdrawn in July.

'Could cause panic'

Three years of consultation had failed to prove to the county council that spending thousands of pounds to refurbish the sirens was worthwhile.

A fire and community protection committee was told the sirens are unreliable, likely to cause panic and were not fit for purpose.

However, the council said some respondents to its recent consultation made it clear they were not convinced by the Flood Warning Direct system's ability to be 100% effective.

Ann Steward, cabinet member for sustainable development, said she welcomed the chance for councillors and members of the public to question the EA directly at Tuesday's meeting.

The EA will make a presentation to the fire and community protection overview and scrutiny panel.

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