Communities across north and southern central England and North Wales urged to remain vigilant
Communities across north east England and North Wales are urged to remain vigilant as further heavy rainfall is expected over the next 24 hours with the Met Office forecasting up to 30mm for parts of North Yorkshire, Teesside, County Durham and Conway.
The Environment Agency is also stressing that the flood risk across the country remains high and that large, slow responding rivers will to continue to rise over the next few days, particularly the Thames.
Flooding since Wednesday
Latest figures show that around 900 properties have flooded since Wednesday and the Environment Agency has sent over 93,000 warnings to people at risk of flooding. Flood defences have protected almost 40,000 properties across England and Wales, including 3,000 homes in Cumbria and 6,000 in Exeter.
Emergency teams from the Environment Agency have been working through the night to shore up defences, monitor river levels, clear blockages from watercourses and pump out flood water from towns. At Burton, Staffordshire the Environment Agency is deploying demountable defences to help protect homes.
More flooding expected
Paul Mustow, Head of Flood Incident Management said: “Floods have a devastating impact on peoples’ lives and our thoughts are those that have been affected by flooding over the last few days.
“We are expecting more flooding in the next 24 hours and communities across north and southern central England and North Wales are urged to remain especially vigilant.
“Environment Agency flood defences have protected nearly 40,000 homes and our teams are continuing to work around the clock with local emergency services to keep communities safe.
“People, should sign up for free flood warnings, keep up to date with the latest situation on our website, and stay away from dangerous flood water.”
For the latest information:
Those in areas at risk should check the Environment Agency website for the latest information 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.
The latest flood warnings, updated every 15 minutes, can be found on the Environment Agency website, as well as the latest three day flood forecast:
Social media updates are available from the Environment Agency’s national twitter account, regional twitter accounts, and Facebook Page.
People can also sign up to flood alerts via the FloodAlerts Facebook App: