Press release

Continued support for communities ahead of further heavy showers

Heavy rain and showers are expected across England and Wales.

Read Winter flooding 2015: community support for advice and current information.

More heavy rain and showers are expected overnight tonight (6 January) and through tomorrow morning (7 January), meaning there is an ongoing flood risk in some parts of England. The Environment Agency is urging communities to be vigilant as river levels are expected to remain high and disruption to travel can be expected.

With heavy rain and showers falling on areas of saturated ground there is the potential for further flooding today and tomorrow in parts of the south west, midlands and north east of England.

Environment Agency teams are on the ground pumping away flood water, repairing damaged defences, clearing river blockages, monitoring water levels and sending out flood warnings.

As of 13:25 on 6 January 2016 there are 25 flood warnings and 103 alerts in place across England. Flood warnings are updated on the Environment Agency website every 15 minutes. There are no severe warnings in place.

Environment Agency pumps are still being used in parts of Yorkshire and Lancashire to pump away flood water. Demountable flood barriers remain in place on the River Severn at Shrewsbury and Bewdley.

Clare Dinnis, Flood Risk Manager at the Environment Agency, said:

“Our thoughts are with all those who have been flooded during the last month. Environment Agency teams are working around the clock to protect communities, repairing flood defences, clearing blockages and pumping away flood water. The £26 million Morpeth flood alleviation scheme in Northumberland is being operated for the first time since its completion in August 2015.

“With surface water flooding expected in the coming days we are supporting local authorities and advise all local residents to stay away from flood water. We urge people to remain vigilant and check their flood risk or follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest flood updates.

“We want to remind people never to drive through flood water: just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car.”