VIGILANCE has been advised by the Environment Agency ahead of possible flooding on the Isle of Wight over the New Year period.
Heavy rain has been forecast for tonight (Tuesday) and New Year's Day, which could cause flooding from rivers and surface water.
The warning comes just days after the Isle of Wight was battered by a storm which disrupted travel, affected business and houses.
The Environment Agency has put 48 flood alerts and one flood warning in place across the south east, including a flood alert for the Eastern Yar.
Julia Simpson, of the EA, said: "Over the New Year celebrations heavy rain is forecast, which could cause flooding to communities in the south east. We expect that rivers will respond to the rainfall that is predicted overnight and tomorrow.
"We are monitoring the situation very closely. River levels across the south east remain high and responsive, and standing water remains in some flood plains. EA teams have been on the ground, around the clock, operating pumping stations, issuing flood warnings and checking that flood banks, walls and barriers are working effectively. We urge 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 and immediate action is required."
The EA has set up a 24-hour hotline which can be contacted on 0845 988 1188 for advice and warnings. Information is also available on the EA website www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood