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Press release: Flood warnings remain in place as heavy rainfall is expected over the weekend

Environment Agency

March 6
15:54 2020

The Environment Agency reminds communities to check their flood risk and remain prepared ahead of expected spells of heavy rainfall this weekend and into next week. Flooding impacts are anticipated due to existing high river levels making catchments sensitive to any rainfall.

Ongoing flooding impacts are expected to affect the lower River Aire washlands in Yorkshire into next week. Localised flooding will also continue along parts of the River Severn into next week. Further minor river flooding impacts continue in the south-east today (6 March) and into tomorrow following heavy rainfall yesterday. With more rain to come, there is potential for renewed flooding in the south-east from Sunday into early next week.

Since 17 February, Environment Agency teams have already carried out more than 11,000 inspections on our flood defences across England. Teams will continue to do this as water levels recede in flood hit areas while also carrying out necessary repairs where needed. Over the course of this winter, over 128,000 properties have been protected by flood defences.

Additional flood impacts are possible across parts of northern and western England over the weekend and into early next week, due to successive bands of heavy rain falling on saturated ground. This could result in significant impacts in parts of Yorkshire.

On the Lower Aire, pumping is underway to accelerate the emptying of the washlands into the rivers Aire and Don. Levels in these washlands are slowly dropping but will likely remain high for some time. Teams are also pumping flood water at East Cowick and Snaith to divert water from properties.

Doug Wilson, Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, said:

We have seen exceptionally wet weather in February with record rainfall and river levels. Although weather conditions have improved since, we are not out of the woods completely. Further bands of heavy rain are expected this weekend posing flood risk, particularly in areas in Yorkshire and along the River Severn. There is no room for complacency, people need to continue to be cautious and take the advice of emergency services.

Environment Agency teams are on the ground carrying out inspections and making repairs to defences as river levels start to recede. We have already carried out over 11,000 inspections and assessed repairs needed on our assets. We also continue to operate flood defences and temporary pumps, 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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