Flood risk: Settled weather improves outlook

2 Jan 2020 03:48 PM

Ground water and river levels remain high with public urged to check flood risk.

More settled weather over the coming days is expected to further reduce the risk of flooding into the weekend.

However with ground water and river levels remaining high following December’s rain, the Environment Agency is continuing to urge people to stay safe by checking their flood risk and sign up for flood warnings.

Sarah Cook, Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, yesterday said:

With generally settled weather expected to continue into the weekend across England the risk of flooding is subsiding in many parts of the country.

However, localised groundwater flooding could still affect parts of the south and south-west of England for at least the next five days as levels in these areas continue to rise or remain high following last month’s heavy rain. Local communities in these areas are asked to remain vigilant to the risks of flooding.

While river levels are falling, they remain high and we will continue to monitor them 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.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders yesterday said:

There will be some rain moving south overnight into Friday; however, this will clear by morning leaving the rest of Friday and the weekend with predominantly dry weather in the south, with the chance of some sunshine at times.

It’ll always be more unsettled in the north, but as we move into next week the weather will turn more unsettled generally, with bouts of wet and windy conditions sweeping in from the west - though still some brighter gaps between.

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.

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