Heavy rain forecast for Friday

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WARNINGS of more outbreaks of rain across Sussex today (Tuesday June 12) and unsettled weather for the rest of the week have been made by the Environment Agency.

There has been between 5mm and 15mm of rainfall across the South East overnight, which was lower than forecast, but there has still been a response in some rivers.

Further showers are forecast today before easing this afternoon, and the weather is predicted to remain unsettled throughout the week with potentially further heavy rainfall on Friday and into the weekend.

Currently three flood warnings and 32 flood alerts are in force for rivers across the region, meaning that flooding is still possible.

Julia Simpson, Environment Agency regional duty manager, said: “With rain forecast for every day this week and potentially heavy rainfall at the weekend, we want people to stay aware of the risk of further flooding.

“Many roads have experienced surface water flooding and motorists are strongly advised to keep out of dangerous flood water and not to attempt to drive through it.

“We are working with the communities who have been affected by flooding over the past few days and we urge everyone to remain vigilant ahead of further rainfall this week.

“Some rivers have stabilised but others are yet to peak as the water moves through, so we could potentially see further flood alerts and flood warnings being issued.

“We continue to work around the clock with our emergency partners and have been clearing trash screens, closing flood gates, operating flood storage areas, removing debris from known hotspots and warning and informing the public about the possibility of flooding.

“Teams also continue to monitor river levels across the South East and the weather ahead of more rainfall forecast for the remainder of the week.

“We urge people to check the Environment Agency website for the latest situation and to sign up to flood warnings for your local river.”

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

Warnings issued to homes and businesses by phone and text message includes localised information about potential flood risk from rivers and the sea, with clearer advice on actions to take to help safeguard lives and property.

Sign up by calling 0845 988 1188 or visiting www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood.