Roads and rail hit by flooding, communities urged to be prepared for further disruption

The Environment Agency is warning communities across England and Wales to remain vigilant and alert for flooding as heavy rain is set to continue today and into Tuesday. Heavy rain overnight in the south west of England caused travel disruption and resulted in 14 flood warnings and 46 alerts across Devon and Somerset, and 4 flood warning and 14 flood alerts across the Midlands. Read more on the Environment Agency website… For Flood warnings in your area go to http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx

Communities urged to prepare for flooding as heavy rain hits Britain

The Environment Agency is warning residents and emergency responders across England and Wales to prepare for an increased risk of flooding over the next two days. The Met Office is forecasting up to 80 mm (three inches) of rain for parts of the south west, south east, Midlands and north east over the next 48 hours. Warnings are likely to be issued for river and surface water flooding. People in the south west and south east are urged to prepare for possible flooding before going to bed tonight. Significant disruption, including disruption to travel and flooding of properties and communities, is possible. Strong winds will increase the risk of flooding as wind-blown debris has the potential to block watercourses and drains.   Read more on the Environment Agency website…
For Flood warnings in your area go to http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx

Risk of flooding despite continued drought

Drought could make any flooding worse, warns Environment Agency. The Environment Agency has warned today that drought conditions can increase the risk of flash flooding. Dry, compacted soils mean that water is less easily absorbed into the ground, and so any future storms could lead to a greater risk of flash flooding.
The Environment Agency’s warning comes on the day that the world’s first social media flood warning application has been launched on Facebook.
‘FloodAlerts’ is a free to use application and was created and developed by a leading software developer specialising in online mapping and data visualisation solutions.
Craig Woolhouse, Environment Agency Head of Flood Incident Management, said:
“As the drought in England continues, the thought of flooding may be far from people’s minds, but we cannot ignore the risk. Dry and compacted ground means that there is a greater risk of flash flooding if there is heavy rainfall, and stormy seas and high tides can produce floods at any time”. Read more on the Environment Agency website…

More homes and businesses will receive free flood warnings

The Environment Agency is extending its free flood warning service to around 3,000 homes and businesses in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. Almost 1,900 properties in Cambridgeshire and 1,100 in Norfolk at risk of flooding from the Hundred Foot Washes will be automatically signed up to the Environment Agency’s free Floodline Warnings Direct service. Read more on the Environment Agency website…