People urged to stay vigilant of flooding

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There are currently 13 flood warnings and 90 flood alerts in force across the South East.

Communities in the South East of England are being urged to stay vigilant as heavy rain and strong south westerly winds continue into the weekend.

High tides are expected along the south coast during the early hours of Saturday morning (4 January), which could cause flooding along the Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Sussex and Kent coastlines.

Over the next 48 hours, flooding is also possible to communities in the lower reaches of the region’s larger rivers such as the Stour, Medway and Wey.

The South East has also seen around 130 properties flooded since yesterday (Thursday 2 January), while flood defences have protected more than 95,000 properties across the country.

Julia Simpson, regional duty manager for the Environment Agency said:“Our teams across the region, along the coast, and at the Thames Barrier have been working around the clock throughout this ongoing incident.

“We are preparing for the wet weekend - operating gates and structures, monitoring sea levels and checking that flood defences and barriers are in good working order.”

“We strongly urge the public to stay away from the coastline during this period of unsettled weather. We especially ask people to stay away from coastal paths and promenades as these could be highly dangerous as there is an increased risk of being swept out to sea”.

“People should check the Environment Agency website or follow @EnvAgencySE and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest flood outlook in the South East region, and sign up to receive free flood warnings, taking action when they receive them.”

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