Environment Agency issues flood warning for Sussex

Residents have been warned about the risk of flooding from rivers and streams as further heavy rain is predicted.

The Environment Agency has warned communities in the Worthing and Chichester areas that more heavy rainfall is expected on Thursday, November 22, with 20-30mm forecast in some areas.

Rivers which are currently at flood alert levels are particularly susceptible to increased rainfall and there is the possibility of property flooding across some parts of the South East as a result.

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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.

“Our Area Incident Room has opened, we have mobilised teams across the country to check on flood defences, clear any river blockages and closely monitor river levels. These teams have been working around the clock to reduce the risk of flooding and will remain out in force over the coming days to remove blockages.

“We will do everything we can to warn and inform people about the risk of flooding from rivers but we cannot always prevent it, so people need to take action to prepare now.”

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 and you can follow the Environment Agency on Twitter at @EnvAgencySE

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