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Heavy rain brings flood risk

Heavy rain brings flood risk

Published at 10:56am 25th January 2016. (Updated at 11:25am 25th January 2016)

Communities across Yorkshire are being warned about the possibility of more flooding this week.

Rivers and areas already affected by record river levels during the wettest December on record are likely to be at risk, with the potential for very heavy rainfall inundating drains and making river levels rise.

The Environment Agency is urging people to check their flood risk, be prepared for flooding and be cautious if travelling, particularly on Tuesday and Wednesday.

It may deploy temporary barriers in some areas to reduce the risk to people and property.

Teams will be checking and maintaining flood defences, clearing blockages in watercourses and monitoring river levels.

Chris Wilding, National Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, said: "Our teams have worked around the clock over the past few months, first responding to the recent floods and then helping support communities with recovery, and we will continue to do so with more heavy rainfall on the way.

"Our thoughts are with all those who have suffered serious flooding over the past few months, and it is once again vital that people prepare for heavy rainfall and the risk of further flooding.

"We will issue flood warnings and alerts where necessary as rivers respond to the rainfall, which could also inundate drains, so people need to be ready for flash flooding in some places.

"We urge people to check their flood risk, prepare for flooding, follow the advice from emergency services and never risk driving through floodwater."

You can see the latest flood warnings and alerts at https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/