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Flood warnings for South East
1:01pm Monday 24th September 2012 in Andover
HOUSEHOLDERS and businesses in Andover have been urged to prepare for flooding as heavy rain hits the South East.
The Met Office has forecast up to 80mm of rain over the next two days.
There is a strong possibility of surface water flooding across the region and people are urged to prepare for possible flooding before going to bed tonight. South Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are at particular risk over night.
Significant disruption to travel and the risk of flooding of properties and communities is possible.
Strong coastal winds will increase the risk of flooding as wind-blown debris has the potential to block rivers and drains, the Environment Agency has warned.
Andrew Gilham, flood and coastal risk manager for Solent and South Downs at the Environment Agency, said: “We are keeping a close eye on rainfall levels across south Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
“There is a possibility of localised surface water flooding into Monday and Tuesday. We ask that people stay safe, by staying away from swollen rivers and not attempting to drive through floodwater.
“We also strongly urge people to sign up to flood warnings, keep a close eye on local weather forecasts and be prepared for the possibility of flooding.”
The agency has mobilised teams across parts of Hampshire to check on flood defences, clear any river blockages and closely monitor river levels.
In addition to surface water flooding, it is possible that river flood alerts and warnings will be issued over the next three days.
The public is urged to check the Environment Agency website for the latest information at environment-agency.gov.uk/flood
Anyone concerned about potential flooding should sign up for free flood warnings on the Environment Agency’s website or by calling the Environment Agency Flood Line on 0845 988 1188.