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Environment Secretary Owen Paterson flooding update

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People in at-risk areas should make sure they follow Environment Agency advice and sign up for flood warnings.

Flooding

Further rain and strong winds are forecast tomorrow and this weekend, with particularly severe effects likely to be felt in the South West of England.

Anyone liable to be affected should follow the advice from the Environment Agency, check the latest flood warnings, and sign up for free flood alerts.

If you are worried about flooding, phone 0845 988 1188 or to find how flooding affects you as an individual or business visit the Environment Agency Flood pages.

Defra’s Secretary of State Owen Paterson today chaired an emergency COBR meeting today to prepare ahead of this week’s predicted storms.

Speaking after the COBR meeting, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said:

“With a number of flood warnings in place today and more rain and high winds forecast for tomorrow, I have today chaired a COBR meeting to make sure that across central government departments we are ensuring that local councils, utilities and transport companies are as prepared and ready to respond as possible.

“The Environment Agency and local authorities are working hard in areas that could be affected and are on the ground ready to take any necessary actions.

“I urge everyone in affected areas to sign up to the Environment Agency flood warnings and follow the advice they issue to protect themselves and their properties.”

Published 2 January 2014