The Environment Agency - England and Wales

More heavy rain on the way across the South West this New Year

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The Environment Agency is advising communities in the South West to stay vigilant and be prepared for possible flooding over the New Year due to the risk of more heavy rain combined with strong winds.

There is a heightened flood risk for parts of south west, southern and south east England and Cumbria.

The Environment Agency is urging communities to prepare in advance by signing up for free flood warnings and to take action if they receive one. A flood warning indicates that flooding is expected.

Environment Agency teams have continued to work around the clock on the ground operating pumping stations, issuing flood alerts and flood warnings and checking that flood banks, walls and barriers are working effectively.

Advice on what to do before, during and after flooding is available on the Environment Agency website or by calling Floodline on 0845 9881188.

People travelling over the New Year period and this weekend are also reminded to check the latest flood updates ahead of making journeys and should not drive through dangerous floodwater.

To date, there have been 1,300 properties flooded across England. Environment Agency flood defences have protected more than 80,000 properties from flooding.

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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