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Residents in coastal areas of Suffolk have been warned that flooding is possible today as a number of flood alerts and warnings have been issued.

The Environment Agency has said it is likely that Lowestoft, Southwold, Beccles, Woodbridge and Felixstowe could see flooding during the day due to high tides.

Residents in those areas have been warned to take care on coastal and waterside roads and footpaths, where minor flooding is likely.

Residents in coastal areas of Suffolk have been warned that flooding is possible today as a number of flood alerts have been issued. Picture by Mark Westley
Residents in coastal areas of Suffolk have been warned that flooding is possible today as a number of flood alerts have been issued. Picture by Mark Westley

Flood warnings have been issued for Bawdsey Quay and Felixstowe Ferry, and isolated riverside properties on the tidal River Deben estuary.

The Environment Agency said flooding of homes and businesses is possible between 10.45am and 2.45pm, with areas most at risk being Bawdsey Quay, in front of the flood defences at Felixstowe Ferry hamlet, Martlesham Bridge and riverside areas around Waldringfield and Methersgate Quay.

The alert issued for the Suffolk coast from Lowestoft to Bawdsey says minor flooding is likely between 9.30am and 11.30am today, with tides expected to be higher than usual.

The Environment Agency has said it is likely that Lowestoft, Southwold, Beccles, Woodbridge and Felixstowe could see flooding during the day
The Environment Agency has said it is likely that Lowestoft, Southwold, Beccles, Woodbridge and Felixstowe could see flooding during the day

High water levels are expected in Lowestoft's Lake Lothing, as well as high sea levels along the Suffolk coast, which may impact on beach access points.

The Environment Agency added that the tides this evening and tomorrow are also forecast to reach flood alert levels.

Meanwhile in Southwold, minor flooding is also likely on coastal roads and footpaths between 9.30am and 11.30am.

High tide levels are expected at the Southwold harbourside during this time, and again this evening and tomorrow.

Between 10.45am and 2.45pm today, minor flooding is likely in the tidal Deben estuary, with high tide levels around the boat yard in Felixstowe Ferry hamlet at the end of Ferry Road, and along riverside areas in Woodbridge and Waldringfield, as well as in surrounding marshland.

And there is also a flood alert in place for the tidal River Waveney from Ellingham to Breydon Water, which encompasses Beccles.

The higher water levels will continue through today and the flood alert is expected to stay in force until Thursday.

The Environment Agency says it expects to see high water levels at Beccles Quay.