Friday, 6 July 2012

Environment Agency: Heavy Rain Forecast - Potential For Flooding


Courtesy of the Environment Agency;
The MET office is forecasting periods of heavy rainfall for the next 48 hours.   The ground is already saturated across the catchment and therefore we are likely to see localised surface water flooding with the potential for flooding from rivers and watercourses.

What we are doing
Our area incident room is currently open and will be staffed appropriately throughout the weekend.  We will continue to monitor rainfall and the corresponding impact on river levels.  Flood Alerts have been issued tonight on a precautionary basis and Flood Warnings will be issued as appropriate.

Our operational staff are out checking that gates and sluices are free from blockages and debris build-up so that flood water can move quickly through the system. 
We have contacted our partner organisations - Local Authorities, Cat 1 & 2 responders: Police, Fire & Rescue, NHS, Water Companies, to inform them of the potential for surface water flooding and subsequent flooding from rivers and watercourses.

You can keep tabs on the situation via our website www.environment-agency.gov.uk, via the new Flood Alert App on Facebook which you can download on your personal account or follow us on twitter @EnvAgencyAnglia.
Kind regards

Graham Verrier
Area Flood and Coastal Risk Manager
Anglian Region, Central Area

Environment Agency, Bromholme Lane, Brampton, Huntingdon, Cambs. PE28 4NE