Flood Alert Info - The tidal Deben estuary

Area Description

The tidal Deben estuary, from Felixstowe Ferry and Bawdsey to Ufford.

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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Area Covered by this Flood Alert

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Flood Alert History

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Historical Flood Alert Messages for this Area


Flood Alert issued on 12 Sep 2018 08:08
River Deben, North Sea
This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths between 1:20pm and 3:20pm, Wednesday 12th September 2018. 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 Harwich of 2.56mAODN at 2:20pm, on Wednesday 12th September 2018, which is 0.18m above tide tables, wind Force 3, North Westerly. (mAODN is height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). The current series of high spring tides has now reached its peak and will fall away over the next few days. 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 Sep 2018 14:41
River Deben, North Sea
This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to coastal roads and footpaths between 1am and 3am on Wednesday 12th September 2018. 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 of 2.57mAODN, which is 0.18m above tide tables. The wind forecast is Force 4, Westerly. (mAODN means height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). We currently expect to issue a Flood Alert on the following high tide, on Wednesday 12th September 2018 at 2:40PM. 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 1 Feb 2018 15:02
Tidal River Deben, North Sea
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 forecast indicates a series of risk tides for the next 24hrs. We will update this message before each high tide. High water is due at Harwich at 00:36am, on 02/02/2018. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 2.50mAODN, which is 0.31m above tide tables. The wind forecast is Force 6, WNW. (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. Flooding is possible 2 hours either side of high tide. Take care on coastal footpaths.


Flood Alert issued on 1 Feb 2018 06:39
Tidal River Deben, North Sea
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 forecast indicates a series of risk tides for the next 24 hours. We will update this message before each high tide. High water is due at Harwich at 12:15, on Thursday 1st February 2018. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 2.63 mAODN, which is 0.4m above tide tables. The wind forecast is Force 5, WNW. (mAODN means height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). We have teams on the ground checking defences and assisting the emergency services and local authorities. Flooding is possible between 2 hours either side of high water. Take care on coastal footpaths.


Flood Alert issued on 31 Jan 2018 15:52
Tidal River Deben, North Sea
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 forecast indicates a series of risk tides for the next 48hrs. We will update this message before each high tide. High water is due at Harwich tomorrow afternoon at 12.15 pm, Thursday 1st February. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 2.63mAODN, which is 0.40m above tide tables. The wind forecast is Force 5, WNW. (mAODN means height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). We have teams on the ground checking defences and assisting the emergency services and local authorities. Flooding is possible between 2 hours either side of high water. Take care on coastal footpaths.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Jan 2018 08:12
Tidal River Deben, North 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. High water is due at Harwich at 1:59pm, on Friday 5th January 2018. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 2.54mAODN, which is 0.26m above tide tables. The wind forecast is Force 5, South-South-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. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update this message if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Jan 2018 08:21
Tidal River Deben, North Sea
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 of later tides causing concern. High water is due at Harwich at 1pm, on Thursday 4 January 2018. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 2.72mAODN, which is 0.43m above tide tables. The wind forecast is Force 6, South-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. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update this message if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 3 Jan 2018 12:29
Tidal River Deben, North 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 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 Harwich at 00:49am, on Thursday 4th January 2018. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 2.53mAODN, which is 0.32m above tide tables. The wind forecast is Force 6, West-South-Westerly. (mAODN means height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). We are currently expecting to issue a further alert for the Thursday afternoon tide. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update this message if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 8 Dec 2017 17:31
Tidal River Deben, North Sea
This message has been issued because national weather conditions are expected to produce large off shore waves. 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. High water is due at Harwich at 03:21am, on Saturday 9th December 2017. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 2.50mAODN, which is 0.58m above tide tables. The wind forecast is Force 6, West North 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. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update this message if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 8 Dec 2017 07:57
Tidal River Deben, North Sea
This message has been issued because national weather conditions are expected to produce large off shore waves. 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 Harwich at 15:00pm, on Friday 8th December 2017. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 2.73mAODN, which is 0.58m above tide tables. The wind forecast is Force 7, West North Westerly. (mAODN means height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). The following risk tide on Saturday 9th December 2017 at 03:21am is currently forecast to be a Flood Alert. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update this message if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 7 Dec 2017 15:38
Tidal River Deben, North Sea
This message has been issued because national weather conditions are expected to produce large off shore waves. 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 48hrs. We will update this message before each high tide. High water is due at Harwich at 02:45am, on Friday 8th December 2017. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 2.75mAODN, which is 0.72m above tide tables. The wind forecast is westerly Force 7. (mAODN means height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). The following risk tide on Friday 8th December 2017 at 3:00pm is currently forecast to be a Flood Alert. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update this message if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 19 Nov 2017 08:05
Tidal River Deben, North Sea
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 of later tides causing concern. High water is due at Harwich at 12:05pm, on 19/11/2017. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 2.53mAODN, which is 0.46m above tide tables. The wind forecast is Force 4, West North 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. This forecast tide level is just at our Flood Alert level and so any impacts are likely to be very minor and localised to low lying riverside areas, paths and roads


Flood Alert issued on 18 Nov 2017 13:24
Tidal River Deben, North Sea
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 forecast indicates a series of risk tides for the next 24 hours. We will update this message before each high tide. High water is due at Harwich at 11:48pm, on 18/11/2017. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 2.51mAODN, which is 0.42m above tide tables. The wind forecast is Force 5, NW. (mAODN means height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). The following risk tide on Sunday 19 November at 12:05am is currently forecast to be a Flood Alert. The tide is forecast to just at reach the Flood Alert level and so any impacts will be very localised to low lying areas


Flood Alert issued on 5 Nov 2017 13:38
Tidal River Deben, North Sea
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. High water is due at Harwich at 12:45am on Monday 6 November 2017. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 2.61mAODN, which is 0.29m above tide tables. The wind forecast is Force 5, Northwest. (mAODN means height above average sea level, for more information refer to local tide tables). We are closely monitoring the situation and will update this message if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Nov 2017 08:17
Tidal River Deben, North Sea
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. High water is due at Harwich at 12:09pm on Sunday 5th November 2017. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 2.58mAODN, which is 0.27m above tide tables. The wind forecast is Force 4, West-North-West (mAODN means height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). We are closely monitoring the situation and will update this message if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 4 Nov 2017 13:23
Tidal River Deben, North Sea
This message has been issued because of forecast local weather conditions during spring tides. Tonight's tides are expected to be higher than usual and may cause minor flooding in low lying coastal areas. High water is due at Harwich at 23:54pm, on 4th November 2017. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 2.57mAODN, which is 0.15m above tide tables. The wind forecast is Force 5, Westerly (mAODN means height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables).


Flood Alert issued on 7 Oct 2017 14:20
Tidal River Deben, North Sea
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 of later tides causing concern. High water is due at Harwich at 02:00am tomorrow, Sunday 8 October. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 2.6mAODN, which is 0.3m above tide tables. The wind forecast is Force 5, West-North-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. We are monitoring the situation and will update this message if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 6 Oct 2017 07:19
Tidal River Deben, North Sea
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 spring tides will remain high over the next few days. High water is due at Harwich at 12:45pm on Friday 6th October 2017. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 2.69mAODN, which is 0.5m above tide tables. The wind forecast is Force 4, North-Westerly. (mAODN means height above average sea level, for more info refer to local tide tables). We are not expecting the situation to escalate. We are monitoring the situation and will update this message if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Oct 2017 14:16
Tidal River Deben, North Sea
This message has been issued because of the forecast for high tides at Harwich 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 tides. We will update this message before each high tide. High water is due at Harwich at 01:00am, on Friday 6th October 2017. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 2.75mAODN, which is 0.60m above tide tables. The wind forecast is Force 6, North-Westerly. (mAODN means height above average sea level, for more information refer to local tide tables). We are monitoring the situation and will update this message if the situation changes.


Flood Alert issued on 5 Oct 2017 08:14
Tidal River Deben, North Sea
This message has been issued because of the forecast for high tides at Harwich 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 Harwich at 12:15pm, on Thursday 5th October 2017. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 2.69mAODN, which is 0.62m 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.


Flood Alert issued on 8 Sep 2017 15:46
Tidal River Deben, North Sea
This message has been issued because the next tide is 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. High water is due at Harwich at 02:22am, on Saturday 9th September 2017. The detailed forecast for those that use it is for a peak level of 2.52mAODN, which is 0.32m above tide tables. The wind forecast is Force 5, West North 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. This is a low flood alert level that is only just reaching the threshold.