Source: UK Government
Environment Agency urges continued vigilance as spring tides continue
The Environment Agency is urging people to stay safe with coastal flooding possible today (Wednesday) and on Thursday along parts of the Severn Estuary and the Wye Estuary as a result of expected high spring tides.
Localised coastal flooding is also likely along parts of Cornwall and Devon on Thursday and along wider parts of the coast of England over the coming days.
Following Storms Ciara and Dennis, the Environment Agency’s response is moving towards recovery in some areas including on the Lower Aire in Yorkshire, where we still have around 30 pumps in operation at six locations removing floodwater from the washlands.
Since February 17, 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.
Kate Marks, Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, said:
With high spring tides expected to cause flooding along parts of the Severn Estuary we’re urging people to stay away from low lying areas and roads along the coast and to keep checking their flood risk online.
We have teams out on the ground operating tidal gates including the Thames Barrier, monitoring tides and clearing drainage channels to help reduce flood risk from expected high river levels.
I’d 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.
People can keep up to date with the latest safety advice by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188, by following @EnvAgency on Twitter, or by checking GOV.UK for the latest flood updates.