Prepare for a wet New Year

THERE is a continuing risk of flooding today and into the New Year, particularly in the South West, as rivers respond to heavy rainfall says the Environment Agency.

On New Year’s Day, heavy rain is expected which could cause flooding to communities in the south east and south west of England.

The Environment Agency is urging communities to prepare in advance by signing up for free flood warnings and to take action if they receive one. A flood warning indicates that flooding is expected.

Environment Agency teams have been on the ground around the clock operating pumping stations, issuing flood warnings and checking that flood banks, walls and barriers are working effectively.

Although most rivers have receded from the peaks seen over Christmas, they are full and the ground is saturated, which means there is an increased risk of surface and river water flooding. From today onwards large waves and strong winds are expected along the south and west coasts which may lead to spray and waves over-topping promenades and coastal defences, especially on Thursday as spring tides approach.

Advice on what to do before, during and after flooding is available on the Environment Agency website or by calling Floodline on 0845 9881188.

People travelling this week are also reminded to check the latest flood updates ahead of making journeys and should not drive through dangerous floodwater.

To date, the Environment Agency flood defences have protected more than 80,000 properties from flooding.

People should remain flood aware and are encouraged to check the Environment Agency website for the latest flood information, follow #floodaware on Twitter and sign up to free flood warnings by visiting: https://fwd.environment-agency.gov.uk/app/olr/home

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