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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

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

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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.

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