Flood Alert Info - The Essex coast from Fobbing to Purfleet

Area Description

The Essex coast from Fobbing to Purfleet, including Tilbury, Grays and the Dartford Crossing.
This is a Flood Alert Area. For this area the highest level of flood notification that you will receive is a Flood Alert. No Flood Warnings or Severe Flood Warnings are issued for this area.
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There are no Flood Alerts currently in force for this area. See below for historical flood warnings.

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Flood Alert History

Number of historic Flood Alerts that have previously been recorded for this area:
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Historical Flood Alert Messages for this Area

  • We have only been collating detailed flood messages since May 2017.
  • Each Flood Alert may have multiple updates. The messages listed below may therefore be greater than the number of alerts detailed in the Flood Alert table above.

Flood Alert issued on 19 Nov 2020 09:33
Thames Estuary
This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths between 12:45pm and 4:45pm today Thursday 19th November 2020. Tides are expected to be higher than usual due to the forecast weather conditions as a surge coincides with the high tide. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level at Southend of 4.09 mAODN at 2:45pm today, which is 1.18m above tide tables, wind Force 5, North North Westerly. (mAODN is height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). Take care on coastal roads and footpaths and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We are closely monitoring the situation and are not expecting the situation to escalate, or to issue anything else for the following tide.


Flood Alert issued on 15 Nov 2020 15:16
Thames Estuary
This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths between 10:45am and 14:45pm on Monday 16th November 2020. We have issued this alert now to give plenty of lead in time. Tides are expected to be higher than usual due to the forecast weather conditions during spring tides. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level at Southend of 3.71mAODN at 12:45pm on Monday 16th November which is 0.35m above tide tables, wind Force 6, Westerly (mAODN is height above average sea level, for more information refer to local tide tables). You are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. We will continue to monitor the situation and will reissue this message for any subsequent tides if required.


Flood Alert issued on 10 May 2020 20:40
Thames Estuary
This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths between 2:00am and 4:00am tomorrow, Monday 11th May 2020. Tides are expected to be higher than usual due to seasonal conditions. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level at Southend of 3.99 mAODN at 3:00am tomorrow, which is 0.86m above tide tables, wind Force 7, North North Easterly. mAODN is height above average sea level. For more info refer to local tide tables. Take care on coastal roads and footpaths and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We are closely monitoring the situation and not expecting the situation to escalate, or to issue anything else for the following tide.


Flood Alert issued on 11 Mar 2020 09:21
Thames Estuary
This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths between 11.30am and 3.30pm today, Wednesday 11th March 2020. Tides are expected to be higher than usual linked to spring tides. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level at Southend of 3.75mAODN at 1.30pm, on Wednesday 11th March, which is 0.45m above tide tables, wind Force 5, south-westerly (mAODN is height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). Take care on coastal roads and footpaths and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We are closely monitoring the situation and not expecting the situation to escalate but will update this message if necessary.


Flood Alert issued on 10 Mar 2020 13:59
Thames Estuary
This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths between 11:15pm tonight and 3:15am tomorrow, Wednesday 11th March 2020. Tides are expected to be higher than usual due to the forecast weather conditions during spring tides. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level at Southend of 3.61mAODN at 01:15am, on Wednesday 11th March, which is 0.42m above tide tables, wind Force 5, West South-Westerly (mAODN is height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). Take care on coastal roads and footpaths and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We will continue to monitor the situation.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Feb 2020 18:11
Thames Estuary
This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths between 2:00am and 4:15am, Thursday 13th February. Tides are expected to be higher than usual due to the forecast weather conditions. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level at Southend of 3.31 mAODN at 3:11 am, on Thursday 12th February, which is 0.2m above tide tables, wind Force 6, in a southerly direction. (mAODN is height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). Take care on coastal roads and footpaths and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We will continue to monitor the situation and will reissue this message for any subsequent tides if required.


Flood Alert issued on 12 Feb 2020 09:06
Thames Estuary
This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths between 1:50pm and 3:50pm today, Wednesday 12th February. Tides are expected to be higher than usual due to the forecast weather conditions during spring tides. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level at Southend of 3.62mAODN at 2:51pm, on Wednesday 12th February, which is 0.36m above tide tables, wind force 6, westerly. (mAODN is height above average sea level, for more information refer to local tide tables). Take care on coastal roads and footpaths and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We will continue to monitor the situation and will reissue this message for any subsequent tides if required.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Feb 2020 16:49
Thames Estuary
This message has been issued because we are providing advance notice of possible minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths between 11:45am and 1:45pm tomorrow, Monday 10th February. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level at Southend of 3.87mAODN at 12:45pm, on Monday 10th February, which is 0.9m above tide tables, wind Force 7, SW. (mAODN is height above average sea level, for more information refer to local tide tables). The preceding overnight tide at 12:15am on Monday 9th February is not anticipated to result in any flooding. On Monday, take care on coastal roads and footpaths and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We are closely monitoring the situation and not expecting the situation to escalate, or to issue anything for the following tide.


Flood Alert issued on 28 Nov 2019 15:39
Thames Estuary
This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some flooding of homes and businesses between 1am to 2am tomorrow, Friday 29th November. Tides are expected to be higher than usual due to the forecast weather conditions during spring tides. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level at Southend of 3.62mAODN at 1:30am, on Friday 29th November, which is 0.68m above tide tables, wind Force 5, Northerly. (mAODN is height above average sea level). The current series of high spring tides has now reached its peak and will fall away over the next few days. You are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. We are closely monitoring the situation and not expecting the situation to escalate, or to issue anything else for the following tide.


Flood Alert issued on 1 Oct 2019 16:17
Thames Estuary
This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths between 2:30am and 4:30am on Wednesday 2 October 2019. Tides are higher than usual due to spring tides and strong winds. Areas most at risk are low lying coastal areas from Fobbing to Purfleet including Tilbury and Grays. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level at Southend of 3.60mAODN at 3:30am on Wednesday 2 October, which is 0.35m above tide tables, wind Force 6, North North Westerly. (mAODN is height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). High levels can be expected 2hrs before and after the peak time at Southend. Take care on coastal roads and footpaths. We will continue to monitor the situation.


Flood Alert issued on 1 Oct 2019 11:20
Thames Estuary
This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths between 2:00pm and 4:00pm on Monday 30 September 2019. Tides are higher than usual due to spring tides and strong winds. Areas most at risk are low lying coastal areas from Fobbing to Purfleet including Tilbury and Grays. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level at Southend of 3.65mAODN at 3:00pm on Tuesday 1st October, which is 0.22m above tide tables, wind Force 3, South Westerly. (mAODN is height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). High levels can be expected 2hrs before and after the peak time at Southend. Take care on coastal roads and footpaths. We will continue to monitor the situation.


Flood Alert issued on 29 Sep 2019 13:14
Thames Estuary
This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths between 01:05am and 03:05am on Monday 30 September 2019. Tides are higher than usual due to spring tides and strong winds. Areas most at risk are low lying coastal areas from Fobbing to Purfleet including Tilbury and Grays. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level at Southend of 3.90mAODN at 02:05am on Monday 30 September, which is 0.49m above tide tables, wind Force 6, West North Westerly. (mAODN is height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). High levels can be expected 2hrs before and after the peak time at Southend. Take care on coastal roads and footpaths. We will continue to monitor the situation.


Flood Alert issued on 9 Dec 2018 09:35
Thames Estuary
This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths between 11:30am and 3:30pm today. Tides are expected to be higher than usual due to the forecast weather conditions during spring tides. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level at Southend of 3.64mAODN at 1:30pm, on Sunday 9 December, which is 0.63m above tide tables, wind Force 6, north-westerly. (mAODN is height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). Take care on coastal roads and footpaths and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. Flood water is dangerous. Don't put yourself or others at risk. We are closely monitoring the situation and not expecting the situation to escalate, or to issue anything else for the following tide.


Flood Alert issued on 14 Jun 2018 15:07
Thames Estuary
This message has been issued because of forecast local weather conditions during spring tides. Tides are expected to be higher than usual and may cause minor flooding in low lying coastal areas. The current forecast is for a single risk tide only, with no indication, at present, of later tides causing concern. High water is due at Southend at 02:00 am, on 15/06/2018. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 3.66mAODN, which is 0.43m above tide tables. The wind forecast is Force 2, SW. (mAODN means height above average sea level, for more information refer to local tide tables). We are not currently expecting the situation to escalate, or to issue any further warning messages for the next tide. Flooding is possible 2 hours either side of high tide. Take care on coastal footpaths.


Flood Alert issued on 18 Jan 2018 08:34
Sea
This message has been issued because strong winds and spring tides may cause large waves and spray overtopping on the coast. Tides are expected to be higher than usual and may cause minor flooding in low lying coastal areas. The current forecast is for a single risk tide only, with no indication of later tides causing concern at this stage. High water is due at Southend at 1:30 pm on Thursday 18 January 2018. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 3.71 mAODN, which is 1.0m above tide tables. The wind forecast is Force 6, Westerly. (mAODN means height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). We are not currently expecting the situation to escalate, or to issue any further warning messages for the next tide.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Oct 2017 08:27
Sea
This message has been issued because of the forecast for high tides at Southend linked to spring tides. Tides are expected to be higher than usual and may cause minor flooding in low lying coastal areas. The forecast indicates a series of risk tides for the next few days. We will update this message before each high tide. High water is due at Southend at 1:15pm, on Thursday 5th October 2017. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 3.69mAODN, which is 0.82m above tide tables. The wind forecast is Force 6, North-Westerly (mAODN means height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). We are monitoring the situation closely and will update messages accordingly.