Wiltshire must remain prepared for more flooding, says Environment Agency
2:44pm Tuesday 7th January 2014 in News
Wiltshire and neighbouring counties must remain prepared for more flooding in the rest of the week, says the Environment Agency.
More unsettled weather over the next few days will see rain falling on already saturated ground increasing the chance of flooding.
The agency says it has 49 flood warnings in place and 98 flood alerts in the south.
Environment Agency teams are working around the clock checking and maintaining flood defences, clearing blockages in watercourses, deploying temporary defences, monitoring water levels and issuing flood warnings where necessary.
David Bedlington, regional flood risk manager, said: “The Environment Agency’s incident rooms remain open, and our staff are working hard to provide up-to-the-minute information for the public, local authorities and emergency services.
“We continue to encourage the public in affected areas to remain vigilant, and to keep a close eye on media reports and weather forecasts.
"It is important to take extra care in deep or flowing water; do not take risks if you are unsure of the depth of the water or of any hidden hazards.”
Although road conditions are improving, motorists are urged to stay alert to potential dangers and drive responsibly.
People should check the Environment Agency website or follow @EnvAgencySE and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest flood outlook and sign up to receive free flood warnings.
The Environment Agency has a free 24-hour flood warning service which 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 the floodline on 0845 988 1188.