There is a low risk of some localised flooding early tomorrow (Sunday) across parts of southwest England due to heavy rain overnight.
Flooding across parts of northern England
The warning follows flooding across parts of northern England, after more than 100mm of rain – equivalent to one month’s rainfall – fell in just a few hours. Many rivers reached record levels last night, including the River Calder at Hebden Bridge.
Further outbreaks of rain over northern England are expected later today (Saturday) and tonight, however further significant impacts here are not currently expected.
Forecast of rain in the southwest
Tonight’s forecast rain in the southwest may lead to the issuing of some flood alerts and the possibility of flood warnings. There is also a possible threat to some vulnerable riverside properties in the region.
Environment Agency teams continue to work around the clock, issuing warnings, monitoring river levels and clearing blockages in rivers to help reduce the risk of flooding.
Since yesterday, the Environment Agency has issued warnings to over 7,000 properties and over 11,000 homes have been protected by defences. Flood schemes were operated at numerous locations including Carlisle, Wakefield, Preston and Wigan, protecting homes and businesses.
An Environment Agency spokesman said:
“Our thoughts are with those people whose homes have been flooded.
“There is a low risk of some localised flooding on Sunday across parts of southwest England due to heavy rain, so we urge people to remain vigilant.
“Further showers are expected across northern England today, however further significant flooding is not expected here.
“People can check the Environment Agency website for updates and sign up for localised flood warnings for rivers. We also urge the public to stay away from fast-flowing, swollen rivers and not to drive through floodwater.”
The Environment Agency updates its flood guidance every 15 minutes on its flood warning pages and you can follow the Environment Agency on Twitter at @EnvAgency.
People affected by flood can submit stories, pictures, videos and locations to the EA crowd mapping tool.