Environment Agency warns communities to prepare for flooding

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, February 6, 2014

 

COMMUNITIES across the south, including the Isle of Wight, have been warned to brace themselves for further flooding by the Environment Agency (EA).

It came as the Met Office warned of heavy rain and high winds, due to hit the Isle of Wight this afternoon (Thursday) until Saturday.

The EA, which issued a flood warning for the Eastern Yar earlier today, urged communities to remain vigilant.

David Bedlington, flood risk manager at the EA, said: "Once again we are seeing further bands of heavy rainfall sweeping across the South East, and this is only going to add to the current floods affecting many communities already.

"Our advice is to stay out of flood water and don’t try to drive through it — just 30 cms can wash a car away. We will be issuing further warnings over the coming days to those communities that are likely to be affected, so people need to take action immediately so they can protect their property as best they can.

"Environment Agency teams continue to work around the clock to prepare for the rainfall by operating pumping stations, issuing Flood Warnings and checking that flood banks, walls, and barriers are all working effectively. We are ready to deploy pumps to affected areas and our staff remain out in communities affected by flooding.

"We will continue to monitor the situation very closely, but we want to remind people that we cannot prevent flooding and we urge communities to be aware of their risk and be ready to act."

Advice and guidance about flooding is available on the Environment Agency website and from Floodline on 0845 988 1188. For the latest info follow the Environment Agency on Twitter @EnvAgencySE

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