Flash flooding risk for East Sussex

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WARNINGS of possible flash flooding in East Sussex this afternoon and evening (Thursday July 12) have been made by the Environment Agency.

The unsettled period of wet weather is predicted to continue across the South East throughout this week and the EA is urging residents to be aware of the risk of localised surface water flooding, from overwhelmed drains, along the coast later this afternoon.

As the ground is currently saturated due to recent heavy rain, the possibility remains that flood alerts and isolated flood warnings could be issued in response to further significant rainfall.

Environment Agency teams have been mobilised 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 be out in force again over the coming days.

Peter Quarmby, Environment Agency south east flood and coastal risk manager, said: “Our thoughts are with the communities who have been affected by flooding over the past few weeks and we advise everyone to remain prepared for further heavy rainfall.

“With more rainfall expected later today and with more unsettled weather forecast for the rest of the week and over the weekend, those at risk should take steps to limit the damage a flood can cause to themselves and their property.

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

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

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