19/12/2012

Environment Agency Issues Flood Warnings

The Environment Agency is warning communities across England and Wales to remain vigilant and alert for flooding as heavy rain is expected today and into Thursday.

The Met Office is forecasting heavy rain across England and Wales over the coming days, with the heaviest rain expected to fall in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight during Thursday morning. This rain will fall on saturated ground, which is likely to lead to surface water and river flooding.

Parts of the Midlands, South East Wales and Central Southern England could also see localised flooding of land and roads and travel disruption.

Communities are being urged to keep up to date with the latest information and to stay safe, by staying away from swollen rivers and not attempting to drive through floodwater.

Stay away from dangerous flood water

Craig Woolhouse, Flood Risk Manager at the Environment Agency, said: "Our teams have been out around the clock to minimise the risks and prepare for flooding. We urge people to keep up to date with the weather forecast and remain prepared for flooding in their area by signing up to receive free flood warnings and staying away from dangerous flood water."

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