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People urged to protect homes from flooding

By CG_Oscar  |  Posted: December 29, 2013


Torrential rain is expected overnight

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Torrential rain and high winds are expected in the South West overnight into Monday and people are being urged to take steps to protect their homes from flooding.

The Environment Agency says widespread rainfall of 20-30mm is expected during the early hours of Monday morning, with the possibility of up to 40-50mm on high ground, such as Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor.

The agency said although most rivers have receded from the peaks seen over Christmas, they are full and the ground is saturated, which means there is an increased risk of surface and river water flooding.

Paul Gainey from the Environment Agency in the South West, said: “From Monday onwards large waves and strong winds are expected along the south and west coasts which may lead to spray and waves over-topping promenades and coastal defences, especially on Thursday as spring tides approach.

“There are currently nine flood alerts and there is a possibility that some flood warnings will be issued overnight, and we would urge people to take steps to protect themselves and their properties.’’

He said throughout the festive period, Environment Agency teams have been out checking flood defences, removing debris from rivers, monitoring river levels from the incident rooms and issuing alerts and warnings, and supporting local authorities.

Drivers are also urged to check the latest flood updates ahead of their latest journeys – and not to drive through floodwater.

People should remain flood aware and are encouraged to check the Environment Agency website for the latest flood information, follow #floodaware on Twitter and sign up to free flood warnings by visiting: https://fwd.environment-agency.gov.uk/app/olr/home

People can follow the Environment Agency in the South West on Twitter at @EnvAgencySW and can sign-up for flood warnings by contacting Floodline on 0845 9881188

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