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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by Keven Ball

7th February 2014, at 16:00:04

Time will tell Den, I feel sadly it won't be the case though!

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by Den Young

7th February 2014, at 13:36:17

Keven, well there we are then, time to get some back.

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by Patrick Hall

7th February 2014, at 08:38:25

Re the flooding in Ryde: 18th century maps show clearly that Monkton Mead brook, as it is now known, had a wide estuary, allowing it to flood naturally if there was heavy rainfall. It encompassed the area now occupied by the houses in the Strand, Simeon Street and east end of the Esplanade, which was right on the beach until the sea wall was built.. Speculative landowners sold the land for building during the early 19th century and the houses in the area have always been subject to flooding. They always will be unless there is adequate drainage able to cope with the spells of very heavy rain such as those currently being experienced.

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by Keven Ball

6th February 2014, at 22:22:46

Good luck with that Den - The UK gives the most foreign aid I believe out of almost any other country:


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by Den Young

6th February 2014, at 21:54:20

time to set up an appeal for money from abroad this is a disaster so why cant we ask for help for a change instead of the constant asking from the other direction.

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by Keven Ball

6th February 2014, at 18:15:58

Ryde has flooded for years, nothing gets done to relieve this issue?

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by alan naylor

6th February 2014, at 17:47:30

The unkept drainage system at Cowes and Ryde seafront has always been an accident waiting to happen next year will be the same

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by Keven Ball

6th February 2014, at 17:33:00

The bad weather just won't go away!

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by Den Young

6th February 2014, at 16:58:35

yet another good reason to expect some help from abroad.

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