The Environment Agency has improved its free flood warning service for homes and businesses at risk of flooding in Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire.
The two existing Flood Warning areas for the River Great Ouse and River Tove have been divided into six specific Flood Warning Areas. These are based on communities at risk rather than large stretches of the river. These changes provide a much more targeted service for residents and businesses in the area, making Floodline Warnings Direct more meaningful.
Adam Foster, Flood Resilience Team, Environment Agency commented: “Being prepared for flooding could save your life and your property. By redefining more specific flood warnings in this area we can make sure that the alerts and warnings we issue get to the right people at the right time – giving people vital time to get prepared for flooding.”
The Environment Agency constantly reviews and improves its Flood Warning Areas to ensure that they offer the best service to the public. These improvements to warnings for properties along the River Great Ouse from Thornborough to New Bradwell and along the River Tove including Towcester allow the Environment Agency to issue flood alerts and warnings to those most at risk during potential flood incidents.
The improved service will be live from the 27 June 2012.
Residents and businesses not already registered to receive flood alerts and warnings in these areas will be automatically signed up to the Floodline Warnings Direct service. These properties will receive an automated telephone message informing them that they have been added to the flood warning service.
You can check to see if you are at risk of flooding by visiting www.environment-agency.gov.uk and by following the links to Flooding, or by calling Floodline Warnings Direct on 0854 988 1188. The free service issues a message directly to you by telephone, mobile, email, SMS text message, fax or pager when flooding is likely. The Agency also has a new SMART phone App called Flood Alert which you can download for free to your phone or via Facebook.