Environment Agency issues weather warning
HEAVY rain and high winds throughout today could cause further flooding in the south west, the Environment Agency has warned.
The agency said run-off from already wet fields and other areas could lead to further river and surface water flooding, and strong winds could worsen surface water flooding, as wind-blown leaves and debris block drains.
There are currently 33 flood warnings and 56 flood alerts in force.
The Environment Agency is reminding people in the affected areas to keep up to date with the latest flood warnings on the Environment Agency website and sign up to free flood warnings. It also advised the public to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive through floodwater.
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"We strongly urge people to sign up to flood warnings on the Environment Agency website, keep a close eye on local weather forecasts and be prepared for flooding. We also ask that people stay safe, by staying away swollen rivers and not attempting to drive through floodwater," said Nick Moore for the Environment Agency.
"Environment Agency teams have been mobilised across the country to check on flood defences, clear river blockages and monitor river levels. These teams work around the clock to reduce the risk of flooding, and will be out in force over the coming days. Environment Agency flood defences have protected more than 2,000 properties in the past 24 hours."
The Environment Agency updates its flood guidance every 15 minutes on its website at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx, and you can follow the Environment Agency on Twitter at @EnvAgencySW
Met Office weather forecasts and warnings can be found at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/