Waveney District Council calls for better storm response

Waveney District has published a report making a series of recommendations to improve the response to storms, after it labelled the response to January’s storm surge ‘inadequate’.

In the review, the council highlighted a lost key, an inaccessible police station and a ‘lack of whiteboard space’ during the surge on 13-14 January, where 1,800 residents were evacuated, which slowed the effectiveness of the response.

Among other recommendations, the review called for an improvement in the communication and support offered to local emergency groups.

Stephen Baker, chief executive of the council, said: "The overall response was a success but we've gone into the real nitty gritty to say 'how can we get this better for next time?'.

"It's highlighted some fundamentals, like the communication of those community groups. There are some other, more minor areas, which are fairly straightforward to overcome."

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