Agency warns of further flooding
THE Environment Agency is warning of a continued risk of surface water and river flooding today across the region.
Areas across the borough including Stainforth, Sprotbrough and Swinton as well as Crowle were understood to have been affected by the downpours as the agency has warned there are currently 17 flood warnings and 37 flood alerts in place for Yorkshire and the North East.
Further flood alerts and flood warnings may be issued, so communities are urged to be vigilant.
Rain has continued to fall across the region overnight, causing river levels to rise, the agency said.
It is also is urging commuters to take care because of flooded roads and advised people to check the latest situation and sign up to free river and coastal flood warnings by visiting the Environment Agency website.
An agency spokesman addedL “Although the rain has not been as intense as expected, rivers are likely to continue rising throughout the day, as rainwater runs off already saturated ground.”
Emergency teams from the agency have been working over the weekend to monitor river levels, clear blockages from watercourses and operate pumping stations and washlands to try and manage river levels.
Over 2,000 properties across the region have received an alert or warning this weekend through our Floodline Warnings Direct service.
Phil Younge, flood risk manager at the agency, said: “We are expecting more rain throughout Monday, and are urging people to remain vigilant, and check their risk of flooding.
“Our teams have been out around the clock over the last few days to minimise the risks and prepare for flooding. We are continuing to deploy teams across the country to warn communities at risk.
“You can sign up for flood warnings and check the latest information on the Environment Agency’s website, where we also have information on how to prepare for flooding. Or call our Floodline on 0845 988 1188.”
People should check the Environment Agency website for the latest information: www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood and sign up for free flood warnings.
Tell us how you have been affected by the flooding and send in your photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Weather for South Yorkshire
Thursday 20 June 2013
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Wind Speed: 12 mph
Wind direction: East
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Wind direction: West