Communities in the south west of England and south east Wales are being urged to prepare for more flooding this week as further rain fall is likely to cause flooding and significant disruption.
Devon, Somerset and south east Wales are most likely to be affected, and strong winds could lead to some disruption along the coast as waves and spray come over the top of defences.
Over 40 properties across England and Wales flooded over the weekend. There are currently 48 Flood Warnings and 186 Flood Alerts in place, although this is set to increase as successive bands of rain cross the country causing river levels to rise.
Larger rivers, including the Wye and Severn, will continue to respond throughout the week. Environment Agency teams are deploying mobile flood barriers at Bewdley and Shrewsbury to protect communities from flooding from the River Severn.
Shoring up flood defences
John Curtin, Environment Agency Head of Incident Management, said: 'Emergency teams from the Environment Agency have been out in force this weekend shoring up flood defences, monitoring river levels and clearing blockages from watercourses, and they will continue their work on the ground to reduce the risk of flooding throughout the week.
'We will continue to keep a close watch on the situation and would urge people to 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 0845 988 1188.'