More rain, wind and flooding in store for South West

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: More rain, wind and flooding in store for South West More rain, wind and flooding in store for South West

THE Environment Agency has warned more rain and strong winds are on the way for the South West.

Officials have said there is a continuing risk of flooding into the New Year, as rivers respond to heavy rainfall over the Christmas period.

On New Year’s Day, heavy rain is expected which could cause flooding to communities and the EA is urging people to prepare in advance by signing up for free flood warnings and to take action if they receive one.

A spokesman said: “A flood warning indicates that flooding is expected.

“Environment Agency 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.

“Although most rivers have receded from the peaks seen over Christmas, they are full and the ground is saturated, which means there is an increased risk of surface and river water flooding.”

Large waves and strong winds are expected along coastal areas, such as Burnham, which may lead to spray and waves over-topping promenades and coastal defences, especially on Thursday as spring tides approach.

Advice on what to do before, during and after flooding is available on the Environment Agency website or by calling Floodline on 0845 9881188. Follow @EnvAgencySW on Twitter.

To sign up to free flood warnings visit https://fwd.environment-agency.gov.uk/app/olr/home

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