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Storms Babet and Ciarán

1 November 2023

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Storm Ciarán is expected to bring strong winds and rain on Thursday which may affect large parts of the country including Suffolk. Please see the following information from East Suffolk Council:

yellow weather warning for strong winds associated with Storm Ciarán has been issued for parts of East Suffolk for Wednesday night and into Thursday.

The latest indication for Suffolk is that high winds (60mph) will impact early on Thursday morning, mainly in coastal areas. Squally winds will be accompanied by 20 – 30mm of rain which will move through quickly.

The Met Office provides very useful advice about staying safe in a storm.

Orwell Bridge
Due to predicted high winds, National Highways will be closing the Orwell Bridge from the beginning of Thursday 2 November (00:00hrs) for a period of 24 hours. 
Updates on the Orwell Bridge from National Highways or National Highways East on X.

Flood warnings and alerts
Residents and businesses, especially those close to waterways, should continue to follow closely flood warnings and alerts from the Environment Agency and take action if advised.

School closures
With adverse weather conditions forecast on Thursday, some schools may need to close for safety reasons. Please check your school's website for up-to-date information. Current school closures.

Useful contact information
If you need some help, here’s how you can report common issues:

Take extra care at the coast
Following high tides, intense rainfall and strong winds, those visiting the coast are advised to take extra care.

Supporting communities impacted by Storm Babet
East Suffolk Council and East Suffolk Services are supporting communities as they seek to recover from the impacts of Storm Babet. Teams are out and about, however it is important that the Council is made aware of issues that are causing concern and is urging anyone seeking assistance to get in touch. 

If you need advice regarding housing, waste clearing or street cleansing, please call 0333 016 2000 during normal working hours (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm).

If you are faced with an emergency situation outside of working hours (including the weekend), which requires an immediate Council response, please call our ‘out of hours’ number: 0800 440 2516. Please do not call this number during normal working hours as it is diverted to other services, and ONLY call in the case of an emergency (such as further flooding or homelessness).

Government Support
The UK Government has announced financial support for those in flood hit areas

Further details about eligibility criteria, and how to apply, will be provided in due course.

Bin collections
If your bin was not collected as scheduled, please leave it out and our crews will get to it as soon as possible. If your bin has gone missing during the flooding, please contact our Customer Services team to arrange a replacement.

Support and advice available
The following list shows various support and advice which is available to those affected by flood damage:

  • Replacement of household items
    There are sources of support available to help with this – if you need assistance with this, please feel free to contact East Suffolk Councill and we can link you up with organisations that can support and assist.
  • Citizens Advice: Borrowing money
    Most people will need to borrow money at some stage to help them during an emergency, to buy larger items or to fund a special event. Before you borrow money, it is important to make sure you will be able to keep up the repayments, otherwise you could be taken to court and might even lose your home or other valuable possessions. Find out about the different ways to borrow money, how to borrow sensibly and how to avoid some of the pitfalls of borrowing which can lead to problems with debt.
  • Suffolk Local Welfare Assistance Scheme (LWAS)
    This scheme is not intended as emergency support but could be useful for funding replacement items lost to flooding that would not be covered by insurance, or which are needed more quickly. LWAS helps those experiencing financial hardship - this could mean you are struggling to afford the basics, such as food, heating, clothing and fuel, or to pay your household bills. Only one award can be made to an eligible household in a 6 month period. Eligibility criteria apply (household income less than £27,500; household savings less than £1,500). Successful applicants will receive a BACS payment directly into their bank account or a Post Office cash out voucher that can be redeemed in store. Apply for LWAS.
  • Further support and advice
    Citizens Advice East Suffolk
    Adviceline: 0808 278 7866 (Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm)