The Environment Agency is supporting flood hit communities across England, as they begin to recover from the devastating flooding that hit earlier in the week.
River levels on the lower Ouse and Aire are slowly falling but will remain high through the weekend. Elsewhere in the country, flood water is now subsiding and the number of flood alerts and warnings will continue to reduce.
The focus is now on pumping away flood water and inspecting all defences that have been tested by record September river levels. Operational teams are also clearing debris from rivers in order to reduce the flood risk posed by showers forecast for Sunday.
People reminded to stay out of flood water
Pete Fox, Head of Flood Strategy at the Environment Agency, said: “We have seen this week, the devastating impact flooding has on people, families and communities, and our thoughts are with those who have flooded.
“River levels are receding but it will take time for flood water to subside. Flood water is dirty and poses a risk to public health. The public should stay out of flood water and follow instructions from the emergency services at all times
“We are supporting emergency services in pumping away flood water so that we can get people back into their homes as soon as possible.”
Rain is forecast for western England on Sunday and the public is being advised to continue to check their local flood risk information on the Environment Agency’s website. People can sign up for free flood warnings on the website or by calling the Environment Agency Flood Line on 0845 988 1188.