The Environment Agency is today warning of flooding in parts of South West England and West Wales as a result of heavy and persistent rain.
The Met Office has forecast around 100mm (four inches) of rainfall for the next nine hours with the possibility of even larger amounts in localised places. The Environment Agency currently has 16 river and coastal flood alerts in place across England and Wales, though expects to issue flood warnings in the next few hours.
Strong winds and high tides in South Devon are also increasing the risk of localised flooding in coastal areas.
People are being urged to keep up-to-date by visiting the Environment Agency’s website www.environment-agency.gov.uk and staying tuned to local media. Warnings and updates will also be issued through Twitter (@EnvAgency) and on the Environment Agency’s Facebook page.
People in flood risk areas can also sign up to river and coastal flood warnings through the Environment Agency’s website or by calling Floodline on 0845 988 1188.
It is also warning people not to walk or drive through flood water. As little as 15 cm of water can knock a person off their feet and it only takes 30 cm of water to float a car.
Martin Weiler at the Environment Agency said: “People in Cornwall and Devon should prepare for the possibility of flooding, by checking the latest situation on the Environment Agency’s website and by listening to local media.
“We urge people to sign up to river and coastal flood warnings by visiting www.environment-agency.gov.uk and follow local and social media for updates.
“The Environment Agency has been working around the clock to prepare for the forecast rainfall, by liaising with emergency services, clearing drains and checking flood defences.
Visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood for the latest flood warnings and information on how to prepare for a flood.