Environment Agency issues flood warnings across the south east

Published: 20 Dec 2013 14:30

WITH high winds and torrential rain forecast this weekend the Environment Agency (EA) has issued flood warnings across the south east.

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A total of 10 flood alerts are in force across the region and the EA is warning neighbours to be vigilant as its officers check flood defences and clear trash screens in preparation for high winds and heavy rain tonight and tomorrow (Friday and Saturday).

Motorists are urged to check the flood risk at both the start and destination of their journey before travelling and to make sure valuables are in a safe place if they are away over the festive season.

Low-lying land and roads are most at risk of flooding from the heavy rain, having already been saturated from the week’s showers.

The EA’s regional flood and coastal risk manager David Bedlington warned communities to take precautions and regularly check the agency’s website for updates and advice.

He said: “With more unsettled weather forecast for the South East, following recent heavy rainfall, there could be a lot of water in low-lying lands and on roads.

“Those who live in an area vulnerable to flooding should think about the precautions they can take to limit the damage a flood can cause to themselves and their property.”

Working with the Met Office, the EA will be monitoring river levels and providing flood updates on its website www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood and 24-hour Floodline 0845 988 1188.

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