The respite in rainfall means that the risk of flooding is now reducing over the next 48 hours across England and Wales. As a result the number of flood warnings is starting to decrease, and we are seeing river levels fall across much of the country.
However, there is still a risk of flooding from slower responding rivers as water moves downstream. River levels remain high on the Severn in Gloucestershire, the lower Trent in Nottinghamshire, the Thames downstream from Oxfordshire, and the Nene in Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire. People who live along these rivers should keep up to date with the latest situation from the Environment Agency website.
The Met Office is forecasting further rain across parts of the UK on Sunday and into Monday.
54,000 homes protected
Latest figures show that approximately 1,800 properties have flooded since last Wednesday, while flood defences have protected more than 54,000 homes. Over 106,000 properties have been sent a flood warning.
Katharine Evans, Flood Risk Manager at the Environment Agency, said: 'Our thoughts remain with those that have been affected by flooding. Rainfall is set to ease over the next days but further rain is expected late on Sunday in the South West of England, so we urge people to remain vigilant, and keep up to date with the latest flood warnings.
'Our teams continue to work around the clock monitoring river levels and pumping flood water from affected areas. With so much standing water around, we ask people to stay out of flood water and not attempt to walk or drive through it.'
Environment Agency gangs continue to work to clear blockages from watercourses, check flood defences and monitor river levels across England and Wales.
Flood risk - what can I do?
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.