The Environment Agency is advising communities across the South East, particularly along the coast, to be vigilant and prepared for possible flooding over the weekend due to forecasts of strong winds, large waves and the risk of heavy rain.
Forecasts suggest that weather conditions will be unsettled throughout the region, with parts of the South East due to receive up to 30mm of rain on Friday evening.
There is also a chance of gale force winds hitting the area, which could cause large waves that might affect south and west coastal areas later into the weekend, particularly along the Sussex and Kent coast.
In addition, next week sees the peak of high spring tides which, together with the expected heavy rainfall and strong winds, could mean that the risk of flooding in coastal areas is increased.
If there is widespread and heavy rainfall it will fall onto catchments that are already wet or saturated following the recent rainfall across the region, which may cause flooding of low-lying land and roads in the area.
Environment Agency staff are closely monitoring the situation and there is a possibility that Flood Alerts and Flood Warnings could be issued. Up-to-date information will be available on the Environment Agency website throughout the weekend.
We are receiving regular weather updates from the Met Office and are continuously monitoring both tidal conditions and river levels. We are working to minimise river flood risk, clearing debris from streams and unblocking culverts and have officers out checking flood defences and closing flood gates.
Alison Baptiste, regional flood & coastal risk manager at the Environment Agency, said, “With more unsettled weather forecast for those areas already impacted by Monday’s storm, together with the high spring tides, there could be a lot of water in coastal areas and low-lying lands.
“Those who live in an area vulnerable to flooding should think about the precautions they can take to limit the damage a flood can cause to themselves and their property.
“I would advise people to be prepared. Sign up to receive free flood warnings on the Environment Agency website, follow @EnvAgencySE and #floodaware on Twitter and check weather reports on the Met Office website.”
The Environment Agency provides a 24-hour flood warning service. Floodline Warnings Direct is a free service that gives advance warning of flooding by telephone, mobile, fax or pager.
To register for the service or for advice on things you can do to limit the damage to your property call Floodline on 0845 988 1188, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Further advice and latest information on flood warnings is also available at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood.