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Reduced flood risk after drier conditions

Following above average rainfall and a heightened risk of flooding over autumn, the recent drier weather has reduced flood risk across England.

Dr Kate Marks, Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, said:

After a drier week and dry conditions expected over the weekend, the risk of flooding remains low across the country. However, unsettled weather is expected from Sunday, so we are still urging people to take care and to stay away from swollen rivers as levels remain high in some areas.

While the weather has been drier and more settled this week, as always, we will continue to monitor rainfall and river levels closely and we are ready to operate any of our flood defences or flood storage areas should they be needed.

There’s no better time to prepare for flooding than during dry weather so we are advising people to sign up for our free flood warnings and keep up to date with the latest safety advice 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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