Communities in Dorset, Oxfordshire, south Wiltshire, Hampshire and along the river Thames are being urged to remain prepared for more flooding for the remainder of the week.
More unsettled weather over the next few days will see rain falling on already saturated ground increasing the chance of flooding.
Along Dorset’s south west coast large waves and high tides are expected tonight at Chesil Beach and Chiswell in Dorset. There is also an increased risk of flooding from groundwater in Cranborne in East Dorset and Salisbury in Wiltshire plus river flooding along the River Stour and the Hampshire Avon.
Along the Thames water levels remain high and continue to rise in response to the recent rainfall. Temporary defences have been erected in Osney, near Oxford, over the weekend and further temporary barriers are being put up in Purley to protect riverside properties. The Thames barrier will again be in operation today to protect people and property along the Thames. The Dartford and Queenborough Creek Barriers continue to close on the high tides.
Flooding is ongoing on parts of the Somerset Levels and rivers in the south east remain very high after recent rainfall. River levels on the Severn will also remain high.
There is currently one severe flood warning in place – for Iford Bridge Home Park on the Lower Stour in Dorset. There are also 104 flood warnings in force, the majority of these across the south east and south west, and more than 200 flood alerts. People are again advised to stay away from coastal roads, paths, promenades and jetties.
Environment Agency teams continue to work around the clock checking and maintaining flood defences, clearing blockages in watercourses, deploying temporary defences, monitoring water levels and issuing flood warnings where necessary.
Natural Resources Wales, the organisation which leads on flooding in Wales, has issued warnings to communities along the coastline of Wales.
Most recent estimates suggest that more than 300 properties have flooded to date but over 222,000 properties have been protected by flood defences.
Paul Mustow, Flood Risk Manager at the Environment Agency said “The risk of flooding continues this week, with communities in the south west and south east urged to be particularly vigilant.
“Environment Agency teams have again been out in force over the weekend checking and maintaining flood defences, clearing blockages in watercourses, deploying temporary defences and monitoring water levels and will continue to work around the clock to protect communities at risk.
“We would ask people to be prepared by checking their flood risk, signing up to free flood warnings and keeping an eye on the latest flood updates via the EA website and Twitter.”
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