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Wednesday, 1 April

Flood Risk Subsides But Alertness Advised

Environment Agency teams operating high volume pumps on Currymoor

While the weather outlook is looking drier over the next few days, the Environment Agency is urging people to check their flood risk as ground water and river levels remain high following the recent heavy rain.

Craig Woolhouse, Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, said: "We are expecting conditions to be drier, meaning that the risk of flooding is continuing to subside. However, groundwater levels remain high in parts of Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and West Sussex. Local communities in these areas are asked to remain vigilant to the risks of flooding.

"While river levels are falling, they remain high - we will continue to monitor river levels closely and to operate our flood defences to help keep communities safe.

"We advise people to sign up for flood warnings, stay away from swollen rivers and not drive through flood water - just 30cm of flowing water is enough to float your car."

 

Weather

Steve Ramsdale, Met Office Chief Forecaster, said: "The New Year saw only light rain but a front will bring a band of rain, some heavy, moving south-east across the UK during Thursday and Friday."

Picture: Environment Agency teams operating high volume pumps on Currymoor in the south west over the past few days to help reduce water levels.

 

You can check your flood risk, sign up for free flood warnings and keep up to date with the latest situation at https://www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk, call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or follow @EnvAgency on Twitter for the latest flood updates.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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