Press release

Environment Agency flood statement

National flood statement on Friday 16 of September 2016

EA staff clearing a trash screen

The Environment Agency is warning people to be vigilant ahead of heavy rainfall across large parts of the country tonight and tomorrow.

Jonathan Day, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency, said:

“Further rainfall is expected on Friday afternoon. This may cause some localised disruption to transport and impacts to property from surface water flooding. Showers could also develop on Saturday afternoon in the far south east of England. People should remain vigilant and check travel arrangements as this could fall across areas already affected by Friday morning’s downpours.

“We urge people not to drive though flood water – it is often deeper than it looks and just 30cm of flowing water is enough to float your car.

“Environment Agency teams are out on the ground clearing screens and debris, and will issue flood warnings and alerts where necessary. We will support local authorities responding to surface water flooding. People should check their flood risk and keep up to date with the latest situation at or follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest flood updates.”

Published 15 September 2016
Last updated 16 September 2016 + show all updates
  1. This is an updated statement for Friday 16 September 2016
  2. First published.