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Source: United Kingdom – Executive Government & Departments

Vigilance advised due to ongoing flood risk

With high river levels in parts of the south-east of England and along the River Avon in the south west today the Environment Agency is urging people to check their flood risk and sign up for flood warnings.

Sarah Cook, Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, said:

Following the heavy rain over the past few days we are seeing high river levels and the possibility of some localised flooding in parts of southern England. We are advising people to sign up for our flood warnings and to stay away from swollen rivers.

Our teams have put up temporary flood barriers in Bradford on Avon to help protect people and property and are out on the ground across the country clearing drainage channels to reduce the risk of flooding. We are ready to deploy further temporary flood barriers should they be needed. The weather outlook is improving towards the end of this week so we should see the risk of flooding diminishing from tomorrow onwards.

You can check your flood risk, sign up for free flood warnings and keep up to date with the latest situation at www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk, call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or follow @EnvAgency on Twitter for the latest flood updates.

There is also an ongoing risk of groundwater flooding in parts of Hampshire, West Sussex and Brighton and Hove following December’s above average rainfall. Local communities in these areas are advised to remain vigilant to the risks of flooding.

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