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Are you flood aware?

Are you flood aware?

Published at 6:00am 28th January 2016. (Updated at 3:50pm 28th January 2016)

People living in communities at risk of flooding in Yorkshire are being encouraged to sign up for warnings from the Environment Agency.

It says some areas affected by floods over Christmas, including Skipton, still have low sign-up rates.

In Ripon and Thirsk, many residents who are eligible for the Floodline Warnings Direct service have signed up.

Graham Lindsey, Flood Resilience Adviser at the Environment Agency, said: "As we have already seen across many areas this winter, flooding can have a devastating effect on people's lives, with as many as one in six properties at risk of flooding in the UK.

"So it's essential that people understand the risks that flooding poses to property and personal safety, and that they find out what they can do to keep themselves warned and informed against any future flood risk.

"While we work hard together with our partners to reduce the risk of flooding to properties across Yorkshire, there are many useful precautions people can take, including ensuring they know their flood risk and signing up to receive flood warnings. As well as registering to receive warnings, it's important to think about a plan to prepare."

You can check to see if free flood warnings are available in your community at www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings

There is also information on how to stay safe and protect property at www.gov.uk/floodsdestroy