The Environment Agency is warning of a continued risk of flooding across England, even though rainfall is set to ease in the coming days.
Rivers across the country continue to rise, and further property flooding and disruption is possible in locations such as Gloucester, Salisbury, Oxford, Sunbury, Abingdon and York. Large, slow responding rivers, including the Thames, Trent and the Severn, are particularly at risk.
Teams from the Environment Agency continue to work around the clock to shore up defences, monitor river levels and clear blockages from watercourses. Mobile flood defences have also been erected in locations such as Oxford, Shrewsbury and Bewdley to protect communities from flooding.
51,000 homes protected
Latest figures show that approximately 1100 properties have flooded since Wednesday, while flood defences have protected over 51,000 homes. Over 106,000 properties have been sent a flood warning.
John Curtin, Environment Agency Head of Incident Management said: 'Our thoughts remain with those that have been affected by flooding. Further flooding is expected in the next few days and communities across the country, particularly in northeast England, north Wales, Northamptonshire, are urged to remain especially vigilant.
'Environment Agency flood defences have protected some 51,000 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.'
Sign up to free flood warnings
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.