As further heavy rain is expected this weekend, the Environment Agency is warning that flood risk continues with the impacts of stormy weather continuing to be felt across England.
Further rain is expected over the weekend and during Monday, this heavy and persistent across parts of the north of England. This could lead to further flooding, particularly for rivers draining the Pennines, and for parts of the Midlands and the City of York where this rain will fall on saturated catchments where river levels are already high. River levels remain high and ongoing river flooding is probable for the River Severn this weekend and into next week.
The Environment Agency is urging people to check their flood risk and remain prepared to take action as the situation changes.
As of 3.30pm on Saturday 22 February there were no severe flood warnings, meaning there is an immediate risk to life; 74 flood warnings, meaning that flooding is expected; and 150 flood alerts, meaning that flooding is possible, in places across the country.
England has already received 141% of its average February rainfall so far with some areas experiencing a months worth of rain in 24 hours. River levels have exceeded existing records across the country. The Rivers Colne, Ribble, Calder, Aire, Trent, Severn, Wye, Lugg and Derwent are among the many rivers where records have been broken due to continuous wet weather.
Since the start of Storm Dennis, over 1,000 Environment Agency staff have been mobilised on the ground to operate flood defences and temporary pumps, clear debris from rivers, inspect damaged flood defences and make repairs. Community information officers are also out supporting affected communities offering advice and assistance. Environment Agency operational teams have put up more than 6km of temporary flood barriers across the country and flood defences have protected nearly 25,000 properties from the ongoing impacts of Storm Dennis.
Caroline Douglass, Director of Incident Management at the Environment Agency, said:
Flooding has a long lasting and devastating impact on peoples lives, and our thoughts remain with all those who have been flooded and continue to feel the impacts of the persistent wet weather.
Further spells of rain in northern England throughout the weekend, which are also expected into next week, could cause further flooding, particularly across the Pennines and parts of northern England, York and the Midlands. River levels remain high and ongoing river flooding remains probable for the River Severn next week as it responds to heavy rainfall.
This will be the third weekend of exceptional river levels and stormy weather; with the effects of climate change, we need to prepare for more frequent periods of extreme weather like this. People need to be aware of their flood risk, sign up to flood warnings, make a flood plan and not to drive or walk through flood water.
The public can keep up to date with the latest safety advice, call Floodline on 0345 98