§ 85. Commander Pursey
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will state the present system of the Hull and East Yorkshire River Board of red flood warnings for the River Hull; when these red warnings are operated; and why the red warning was not given before the flooding on 20th March.
The official east coast flood warning system provides for red or amber flood warnings to be issued to river boards and county police when danger levels are likely to be reached. An amber warning was issued on 20th March, but as it was difficult to forecast the behaviour of the tide on that day, a red warning was not issued for the Hull area. The unusual circumstances of this tide are being investigated.
§ 86. Commander Pursey
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will state the present system 77W of recording high tide on the River Hull, by the Hull and East Yorkshire River Board; to what extent it is by continuous automatic tidegauge; and how often, where, and by whom, is the height of exceptional high water at spring tides recorded.
The Hull Corporation Water Department maintains three continuous automatic tide gauges on the River Hull at Stoneferry, Beverley, and Hempholme. Copies of the tidal records are sent to the Hull and East Yorkshire River Board.