Flood alert issued for Sunderland coast

Flood alert issued for Sunderland coast

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A flood alert has been issued for high tide at the Sunderland coast at 5.30pm.

The Environment Agency have issued a flood alert for the Tyne and Wear coast from St Mary’s lighthouse down to Crimdon Park, North Hartlepool, which means that flooding is possible along this stretch.

The agency say strong onshore winds and large waves resulting from a weather system in the North Sea, coupled with seasonal, high tides could cause wind blown spray and wave overtopping along low lying areas like Seaburn and Hendon promenades between 4.30 pm and 6.30 pm this evening.

People are being advised to take extra care in the affected areas.

Sunderland City Council is working with the Environment Agency and partner agencies to monitor the situation.

Councillor Michael Mordey, Portfolio Holder for City Services, said: “We’d ask people to be careful and not to put themselves at risk, if they are venturing near the promenade at Seaburn and Hendon.

“The high tides we usually get at this time of year, coupled with strong winds and high waves from the current weather system, means we could see waves crashing over the promenades and it’s important for people to be aware of this.”

Sophie Dishman

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