Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 4°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Weather: Flood warnings as downpours drench region

10:35 20 December 2012

Flood warnings are in place as downpours drench region

Flood warnings are in place as downpours drench region

Archant

PARTS of the east are braced for threatened further flooding as successive bands of heavy rain move across the country.

shares

The Environment Agency (EA) said flood warnings, which suggest flooding is expected, are in place in the South West, the South East and East Anglia, the EA said.

Forecasters warned the weather across the whole country is likely to remain unsettled for up to seven days.

Andy Ratcliffe, a forecaster for MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: “There will be persistent rain across most of the UK today.

“Tomorrow evening the next band of rain will move in. That will stay throughout the weekend and into next week.”

Areas of England and Wales were last month engulfed by flood water that surged through streets and down roads, cutting off whole communities and forcing dozens to flee their homes.

Rivers burst their banks and fields were flooded as several days’ rain fell in just a few hours.

With the possibility of more flooding on the way, people are being urged to keep up to date with the latest information from the EA’s website, sign up to free flood warnings, check their route for disruption before travelling, and not to drive or walk through floodwater.

Craig Woolhouse, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Our teams are out around the clock to minimise the risks and prepare for flooding, clearing drainage channels and ensuring that flood defences are working properly.

“We urge people to keep up to date with the weather forecast and local news overnight and remain prepared for flooding in their area by signing up to receive free flood warnings and staying away from dangerous flood water.”

Those in areas at risk should check the Environment Agency website for the latest information: www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood and sign up for free flood warnings on the Environment Agency’s website, or by calling the Environment Agency Flood Line on 0845 988 1188.

shares

0 comments

A file picture of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service.

Firefighters were called to a home in Springfield Road in the early hours.

Tim Passmore has vowed to tackle FGM

Police in Suffolk have said tackling Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and sexual abuse is a key priority, and have vowed to take a “zero tolerance” approach to the issue.

A file  picture of the A14.

A man was taken to hospital after he came off the motorcycle he was riding.

Chelmsford County Hall, home of Essex County Council

The family of an elderly man who risked being exploited by a female friend are to be reimbursed by Essex County Council over missing money after a watchdog ruling.

The Belstead House in Pinweood, Ipswich.

Frustrated councillors who object to plans to build 155 homes in their parish are threatening legal action against planners.

Lexden Primary School got a visit from the gritter pupil Keira Crisp named

Two north Essex schools have met the gritters they chose names for in a competition.

Martello Tower at Hastings Avenue, Clacton

A specialists has been appointed to advise on ways forward to restore a landmark Martello Tower on Clacton seafront.

Most read

Fred Olsen Travel Sale

cover

Click here to view
the Fred Olsen
Travel Sale

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24