Potential flooding from Storm Dennis
Storm Ciara hit the UK hard last weekend, bringing with it heavy winds and near-record rainfall in just 24 hours. Rivers across already sodden catchments rose quickly. Over 700 vulnerable properties were flooded, mostly in Yorkshire and Lancashire, and our teams are still out supporting those communities and helping them recover. Our warnings, action on the ground and flood defences also protected more than 23,000 homes and businesses which would otherwise have flooded.
The Met Office is forecasting that Storm Dennis will bring periods of heavy rainfall for the next 48 hours and therefore we are likely to see localised surface water flooding with the potential for flooding from rivers.
What we are doing
Although we do not expect our local area to receive the worst of the forecast, our area incident room is currently open and will be staffed appropriately throughout the weekend. We will continue to monitor rainfall and the corresponding impact on river levels. Flood Alerts and Flood Warnings will be issued as appropriate.
Our operational staff are out checking that gates and sluices are free from blockages and debris build-up so that flood water can move quickly through the system.
We will keep you updated with specific briefings for your constituency if the situation changes in your area. If you need any more information you can contact us at HNL-Execoffice@environment-agency.gov.uk.
What you can do
We would welcome your support to urge your constituents to remain vigilant and take steps to protect themselves from the risk of flooding. Please advise your constituents to:
- call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 for up-to-date flooding information
- sign up for flood warnings at www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings or by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or Typetalk 0345 602 6340.
- visit the Environment Agency website www.gov.uk/environment-agency which contains details of river level and flooding information
- follow us on Twitter for updates @EnvAgencySE
- please report any flooding in your area to Floodline on 0345 988 1188