Emergency preparations in place for predicted ‘Supertides’

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‘Supertides’ are expected to hit a number of areas on the South coast today (Tuesday, September 29), according to the Environment Agency.

The EA has told residents in Seaford and Newhaven, in particular, to brace themselves for extreme high tides, which are due to peak today and tomorrow (Wednesday, September 30).

These are part of an 18-year cycle and could mean tides reach a whopping 7m above normal water levels.

The EA has warned these tides could be driven even higher in the event of a storm surge or other adverse weather conditions.

As well as coastal areas, estuaries and tidal rivers could be impacted by the extreme high tides.

Southern Water is making emergency preparations to deal with the potential impact of the tides and have urged people to contact them on the emergency floodline if their home or property has been flooded by water on 0330 303 0368.

The company is also reminding people that county councils and unitary authorities deal specifically with groundwater flooding, and would urge members of the public to contact them in the event of a flood in public areas.

The high tides are the result of the sun, moon and earth aligning to create a greater than normal force over the oceans.

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