Press release

Environment Agency warns of possible surface water flooding

Continuing heavy rain in south east England this afternoon and into this evening will bring a further risk of localised surface water flooding

The public are urged not to drive through flood water.
The public are urged not to drive through flood water.

The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation closely and supporting local councils who will respond to any reports of surface water flooding. Our teams are out on the ground working hard with partners to reduce the risk of flooding, and will issue flood alerts and warnings for rivers if required.

The public are urged not to drive through flood water. People on campsites and holidaying should check the flood risk for that area on the GOV.UK website.

Nick Hopwood, national duty flood manager at the Environment Agency, said:

Heavy rainfall this afternoon and into this evening brings risk of further surface water flooding, particularly for parts of Kent and Sussex. If you’re driving away or back from your summer holidays, as always, please remember not to drive through flood water. People are urged to check their flood risk on our website, especially if you’re holidaying in an area where you’re not familiar with the flood risk.

We are monitoring the situation closely and supporting local authorities who will respond to any reports of surface water flooding. Our teams are out on the ground working hard, clearing trash screens and blockages in watercourses and culverts.

People can sign up to receive free Environment Agency flood warnings, check their flood risk and keep up to date with the latest situation on the GOV.UK website or follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest flood updates.

Published 13 August 2015