Weathermen warn England of winter floods

Published on : Friday, November 15, 2013

flash-flood (1)The Environment Agency has warned that people in England should prepare for an increased risk of flooding after a few wet and windy weeks.

A wet October and above average rainfall for the time of year has heightened the chance of floods. The west of England could be worst hit, the agency said. It advised signing up for flood warnings and making “food plans”.

Weather forecasters also warned of a “wintry spell” with some possible snow in the north and south of the UK next week.

Coastal areas in Norfolk and Suffolk are being warned of a low risk of flooding on Thursday night, due to a combination of strong winds and large waves.

The Environment Agency said there was a “medium likelihood of minor coastal flooding impacts such as isolated instances of spray and wave overtopping”.

Wind-blown leaves and debris blocking rivers could worsen the situation.

In its winter flood outlook report, the agency is urging people to be prepared and to sign up to their free flood warning service.

David Rooke, director of flood and coastal risk management at the Environment Agency, said the best protection was to be prepared by “checking the flood risk on the Environment Agency’s website, signing up to free flood warnings and making a personal food plan”.

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