By Claire West
Communities should remain vigilant for further flooding, particularly in South West England where four Severe Flood Warnings are in place, the Environment Agency warned.
Heightened flood risk remains across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Bristol, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, West and East Sussex, south Wales, Ceredigion, Gwynedd and North Yorkshire throughout today (Saturday).
Four Severe Flood Warnings — meaning danger to life — are in force across Devon and Cornwall:
River Cober at Helston, Cornwall
River Fowey from Trekeivesteps to Lostwithiel, Cornwall
River Caen at Braunton, Devon (Dean’s Bridge, Chaloners Road, Caen Street and Chapel Street)
River Caen at Braunton, Devon (South Street, Station Road and Velator areas)
Further flooding and significant travel disruption is expected to continue across many parts of the country, particularly the south west of England.
currently, there are four Severe Flood Warnings, 108 Flood Warnings and 308 Flood Alerts in place across the country. The Met Office has forecast further heavy rain today (Saturday) and into Sunday, with successive bands of rain expected to bring further flooding across England and Wales.
Environment Agency teams continue to work around the clock, deploying temporary flood defences, monitoring river levels and liaising with emergency services, local authorities and organisations including Network Rail and the Highways Agency.
Flood defences have protected some 15,000 properties across the country and the Environment Agency has issued over 90,000 warnings to homes and businesses over the past few days.
People should keep up-to-date with the latest information, and sign up for free flood warnings, on the Environment Agency’s website (www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood) or by calling Floodline on 0845 988 1188.
Paul Mustow, Head of Flood Incident Management at the Environment Agency, said: “With four Severe Flood Warnings in force and further rain forecast, it is vital that communities remain flood aware.
“Flooding has a devastating impact on peoples’ lives and our teams have been working throughout the night to reduce the risk of flooding. Our thoughts are with people who have been affected and advice on what to do to stay safe in a flood and clearing up afterwards can be found on our website.
“If you’re going away for the holidays, give yourself extra time to make your journey, check your route before travelling and avoid driving through flood water. If you’re leaving your property empty over Christmas, check the risk of flooding before you leave, move valuable items to safety and ask neighbours to keep an eye on your home.”
Nick Grahame, Met Office Chief Forecaster, said: “Another active frontal system will move across the UK this weekend and we could see rainfall mounting up to in excess of 50 mm in places, especially south west England and south Wales.
“It’s important that people keep weather aware by staying up to date with Met Office forecasts and Environment Agency Flood Warnings during this period of unsettled weather, especially as they make their way to friends and family for the Christmas period. We’d advise people in the areas affected to expect some disruption to travel and take precautions if they are in an area at risk from heavy rain and flooding.”
Advice on how to prepare for flooding: http://environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31624.aspx
Advice on what to do if it floods: http://environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31632.aspx