Instead, in the event of severe floods, the Police will go door to door and wake people up. Bearing in mind that there are only three policemen covering the area from Wells to North Walsham at night (if I remember correctly) you can see the problem. In addition, housing is scattered. Yes, there are lots of small villages, but there are also individual houses dotted around the countryside within a mile of the coast. They say they can use phones to warn people. But what about the 255 of houses along the North Norfolk coast which are second homes or holiday cottages? And mobile phone coverage in some areas is patchy at best if you are on O2 or T-Mobile.
Norman Lamb, North Norfolk's Liberal Democrat MP, said: "It is an extremely emotional subject in Norfolk because of those that lost their lives in 1953. The decision to stop using sirens comes at a time when the threat [of flooding] is very clearly increasing. Sea levels are rising. There is a greater risk of storms because of global warming. At the same time sea defences are being downgraded. Police say they will knock door-to-door in the event of a threat. But we have remote communities dotted along the coast. There is no way you could deploy a police force along that coastline at the same time in the dead of night and in a raging storm."
So at a time of increased risk of floods, the authorities make a decision which can only add to the risk of lives being lost. People still remember what happened in the floods of 1953, when 80 people were killed in North Norfolk. Good luck to all those who are now campaigning for this decision to be reversed.