Press release: Flood risk continues with heavy rain and high tides expected

Environment Agency

March 9
14:51 2020

The Environment Agency is urging communities in the north and west of England and those living along coasts and estuaries to check their flood risk as more heavy rain and high tides could bring flooding over the coming days.

Heavy rain falling across already wet catchments may lead to significant flooding for some places along rivers in the north of England and the West Midlands, including the Ouse and Aire in Yorkshire. Significant surface water flooding is also possible across parts of the West Midlands and the north of England into Tuesday. This is due to further heavy rain falling on already saturated ground.

From today (Monday) and during Tuesday localised coastal flooding is likely in the Severn estuary and in the Wye estuary. From Tuesday onwards, localised coastal flooding is also possible on the Mersey estuary and on the Yorkshire coast.

The focus of the response remains on the Lower Aire in Yorkshire, where the Environment Agency has around 30 pumps in operation at six locations removing floodwater from affected communities in Snaith. In Mytholmroyd an additional 65 metres of temporary barriers have been installed to bolster the towns defences. Teams are also on the ground in the Severn Valley and elsewhere ready to take further action where needed in at-risk areas.

Since 17 February, Environment Agency teams have already carried out more than 11,000 inspections on our flood defences across England. Over the course of this winter, over 128,000 properties have been protected by flood defences.

Ben Lukey, Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, said:

With more rain expected tonight and tomorrow, coinciding with high tides, were expecting river levels to rise again across the North and West of England including along the Rivers Aire and Calder in Yorkshire and the River Severn where flooding has recently taken places. High tides are also expected on Tuesday and Wednesday. This is why people need to remain vigilant and were urging communities to keep checking their flood risk while taking advice from the emergency services.

Environment Agency teams are continuing their work on the ground carrying out inspections and readying defences for operation if required. We have already carried out over 11,000 inspections and assessed repairs needed on our assets. We also continue to operate temporary pumps to remove water from areas recently flooded, provide advice to affected communities and clear debris from rivers.

We need to prepare for more periods of extreme weather like this and Id urge the public 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 988 1188, follow @EnvAgency on Twitter, or check

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