Video: Almost 60 residents evacuated from Great Yarmouth care homes

Southgates road in Great Yarmouth where the river breached the wall and flooded the road causing the police to shut the road to traffic.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY Southgates road in Great Yarmouth where the river breached the wall and flooded the road causing the police to shut the road to traffic. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Friday, December 6, 2013
1:45 PM

Almost 60 residents of two Great Yarmouth care homes were moved out on Thursday night following advice from authorities.

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The evacuation involved residents of Mildred Stone House and tenants at Broadland Housing’s The Lawns Housing with care complex.

Thirty-one residents at Mildred Stone, one of NorseCare’s designated homes for people living with dementia, were moved safely to other NorseCare homes away from the flood risk area in Stalham, Magdalen House in Great Yarmouth, and St Augustine’s Place in Gorleston.

Twenty-four tenants at the Lawns also moved to a nearby NorseCare home in Ormesby, while five were able to move to be with their families until the risk of flooding has abated.

Karen Knight, managing director for NorseCare, said: “We made a decision very early yesterday afternoon that it was vitally important to move our residents away from the potentially dangerous situation. I’d like to say a big thank you to our staff who really pulled out all the stops to help with what was an increasingly worrying situation. I’m pleased to say all our residents and tenants have had a comfortable night and we hope they will be returning to their homes once we’ve been given the all clear by the police and the Environment Agency.”

Thursday night was also a busy 24 hours for adult social care teams at Norfolk County Council who contacted all of the older and vulnerable people they support in the flood areas to ensure they knew what to do and to assist with the evacuation effort.

They provided support and reassurance to older and vulnerable people in rest centres, with five care staff deployed to assist in the Great Yarmouth area, particularly in the Hemsby and Cliff Park rest centres.

Trading Standards officers were also involved ahead of the flooding, supporting the farming community by providing advice about moving livestock.

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