Message from the Environment Agency
The Environment Agency are preparing for the arrival of Storm Dennis on Saturday and into Sunday (15th & 16th Feb), with heavy rain, strong winds and high tides expected. Our Area Incident Room is open to closely monitor the situation and respond to this incident as needed.
The Met Office has issued a Yellow Rain Warning for the South East on Saturday and Sunday and an Amber Rain Warning for much of the South East on Sunday. Further information on these warnings can be found on the Met Office website at: www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/#?tab=map.
What are we expecting?
We are expecting widespread disruption across the South East from tidal, river and surface water flooding. We currently have some Flood Alerts in force and expect to issue further Flood Alerts and Warnings over the next few days. Please keep up to date with the latest information on the GOV.UK Flood Warning Information Service www.flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings.
As the ground is already saturated from previous rainfall, the risk of flooding is increased. The high intensity of the rain may cause localised surface water flooding as drainage systems may not be able to cope, particularly in more built-up areas. Our teams are out monitoring the situation and we are working with local councils and the emergency services to ensure trash screens are clear and water courses are running freely.
What can you do?
If you see any blockages or problems please report them on our Incident Hotline 0800 80 70 60. You can request a call back if you would like an update on the situation after reporting it.
Please be aware of the hazards of Storm Dennis by following us on Twitter @EnvAgencySE and retweeting our messages.
If you need advice or want to listen to the latest flooding information, or sign up for free Flood Warnings please call Floodline on 0345 988 1188.