Press release

Environment Agency warns communities to be prepared for flooding

Environment Agency flood statement 21 November 2016

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Communities in the south west, particularly Devon and Somerset, and parts of the north of England are warned to be prepared for possible flooding and disruption today and tomorrow (Tuesday 22 November).

Widespread heavy rain and showers are forecast and will affect most parts of England over the next 36 hours. This may cause river and surface water flooding, particularly in areas that have seen heavy rain over the weekend. As a result there could be some property flooding and disruption to travel with a number of road closures. There could also be spray and overtopping along parts of the east English Channel coast due to large waves caused by gale force winds.

Environment Agency teams are closely monitoring river levels and are working hard to reduce flood risk by checking and maintaining flood defences, clearing blockages in watercourses and monitoring water levels. Temporary defences are ready to be deployed where necessary.

Clare Dinnis, National Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, said:

Storm Angus caused heavy rain over the weekend across large parts of the south and more heavy rain is forecast today and tomorrow across England. People in the south west and north in particular need to be prepared for the risk of flooding and we urge people check their flood risk on GOV.UK or call Floodline for advice on 0345 988 1188.

Environment Agency teams are working hard to reduce the risk of flooding, but we want to remind people not to take unnecessary risks and avoid driving through flood water or walking near swollen rivers. People should also take care if walking by the coast as there is a risk of large waves caused by strong and gale force winds.

The south west is expected to see some of the heaviest rainfall today and tonight and these areas face an increased risk of river and surface water flooding following heavy rain over the weekend.

Published 21 November 2016