Environment Agency reissues flood warnings ahead of further rainfall

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The Environment Agency has reissued its warnings to communities in the Advertiser and Review region to prepare for flooding as further heavy rain is expected overnight tonight, Thursday.

Nineteen flood alerts have been issued across the region including a flood warning for the River Great Ouse in Buckingham, a flood alert for Langford and Wendlebury Brooks from Stratton Audley to Merton, a flood alert for the River Cherwell and a flood warning for East Brackley.

Further heavy rainfall is expected across much of the south east later today, with 20 to 30mm forecast in some areas.

Ian Tomes, Environment Agency area flood risk manager, said: “With more heavy rain falling on already saturated ground and swollen rivers, I would encourage people to check the Environment Agency website for the latest flooding situation and to sign up to receive direct flood warnings.

“I would urge those who may be at risk to take steps to limit the damage a flood can cause to themselves and to their property.”

Floodline Warnings Direct sends messages directly to those signed up when flooding from rivers is possible in the areas where they live.

Those in flood risk areas should sign up to the Environment Agency’s free flood warning system – the most immediate and localised source of information on flooding – by calling 0845 988 1188 or visiting www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood.

The Environment Agency updates its flood guidance every 15 minutes on its website at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx and you can follow the Environment Agency on Twitter at @EnvAgencySE

Met Office weather forecasts and warnings can be found at www.metoffice.gov.uk and you can follow the Met Office on Twitter at @metoffice and Facebook at www.facebook.com/metoffice.