Environment Agency preparing for flooding in Sussex as heavy rainfall due over next TEN days (From The Argus)
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Environment Agency preparing for flooding in Sussex as heavy rainfall due over next TEN days
2:02pm Tuesday 4th February 2014 in News
Heavy rain over the next ten days is the grim outlook for Sussex residents.
The Environment Agency said it was encouraging communities to in the south east to take action to prepare for the risk of flooding.
With the potential for more heavy rainfall over the next four days, there is a high probability of further river, coastal, and groundwater flooding.
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Rising river levels and high groundwater levels indicate a continued risk of flooding in many areas including Sussex.
There are currently 17 Flood Warnings and 90 Flood Alerts in place across the South East. A Flood Warning means that flooding of property is expected and that people should take action to prepare.
Dave Bedlington, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency, said: “The forecast suggests that a lot of rain could fall across the south east over the next few days, and with river and groundwater levels already high and responsive this could lead to further property flooding in the coming days.
“Environment Agency teams are working around the clock to prepare for the rainfall by operating pumping stations, issuing Flood Warnings, and checking that flood banks, walls, and barriers are working effectively.
“We will continue to monitor the situation very closely and we are urging communities to prepare in advance by signing up for free Flood Warnings and to take action if they receive one. A Flood Warning indicates that property flooding is expected and immediate action is required.”
Advice and guidance about flooding is available on the Environment Agency website and from Floodline on 0845 988 1188.
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