Significant flood risk remains for the next few days in parts of the Midlands - The Coventry Observer

Significant flood risk remains for the next few days in parts of the Midlands

Coventry Editorial 26th Dec, 2020 Updated: 26th Dec, 2020   0

The Environment Agency is warning communities that a significant flood risk remains for the next few days in parts of the Midlands, with ongoing flooding expected in some areas due to extreme weather and further flooding possible as more rain is expected.

Although the rainfall that led to widespread flooding across the middle of England on 23 and 24 December has now passed, river levels in some areas remain high as water makes its way through catchments.

Storm Bella is expected to bring high winds and further heavy rain moving in from the north later today (Boxing Day) and into 27 December. This means that existing flood levels may remain high for several days and there is the possibility of flooding across the region.

Environment Agency teams have been out on the ground today deploying defences, operating pumps and working with the emergency services and partners to reduce the risk for communities across the country. This activity will continue over the coming days to keep people safe over the Christmas and New Year period.




Ben Lukey, the Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Heavy and persistent rainfall in recent days has led to surface water and river flooding in some communities particularly in central and east England.

“The flood risk will remain in impacted areas through the weekend, with rain on Saturday evening likely to bring the possibility of further flooding to the South West, South East, West Midlands and north of England overnight on Saturday and into Sunday morning.


“Our thoughts are with those affected. Environment Agency teams are working 24/7 alongside the emergency services and local partners to check and operate defences and support those who have been flooded, reduce the risk of further flooding and keep communities safe through the festive period.

“We urge people to keep away from swollen rivers and flooded land and not to drive through flood water – it is often deeper than it looks and just 30cm of flowing water is enough to float your car. ”

You can sign up for free flood warnings and keep up to date with the latest situation at Gov.uk or follow @EnvAgency on Twitter for the latest flood updates.

Members of the public can also call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 

 

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