Essex Police together with its partners is responding to the latest severe weather warnings from the Environment agency by leading a multi-agency response with a full plan in place to oversee the safety of residents likely to be affected by coastal flooding in the north of the county.

The severe weather situation of both rain and strong winds, which is set to potentially cause flooding in Jaywick, is likely to reach its peak at lunchtime tomorrow afternoon, Friday, January 13.

In response to the information provided by both the Environment Agency and the Met Office the multi-agency group has decided that residents in Jaywick will be evacuated from their homes.

Police officers will be calling at addresses in Jaywick from 4pm this afternoon to advise people that a full evacuation plan will be implemented starting at 7am on Friday morning.

A rest centre has been established at Tendring Education Centre, Jaywick Lane, Clacton, CO16 8BA by Tendring District Council. The centre will be ready to receive residents evacuating their homes in Jaywick from 4pm today, Thursday, January 12 and will be able to accommodate them until their homes are deemed safe to return to. Domestic pets will be accommodated. Any which require specialised care will not be able to be taken to the rest centres.

Chief Insp Russ Cole, district commander at Tendring said: “Acting on all the professional guidance and experience of our colleagues at the Environment Agency and the Met Office, a partnership decision has been taken to evacuate the homes in Jaywick to ensure the safety of all residents.

“My officers will start calling at all residences in Jaywick from 4pm this afternoon, to advise them that from 7am tomorrow we will be transporting people out of the town to the rest centre.

“We will also advise that from 4pm they can of course self-evacuate and make their own way to the rest centre or to another place of safety at a friend or relative’s home outside of Jaywick.

“This decision has not been taken lightly and has been made in the best interests of all residents to ensure their safety until the severe weather passes.”