Flood alert for New Year period

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, December 31, 2013


VIGILANCE has been advised by the Environment Agency ahead of possible flooding on the Isle of Wight over the New Year period.

Heavy rain has been forecast for tonight (Tuesday) and New Year's Day, which could cause flooding from rivers and surface water.

The warning comes just days after the Isle of Wight was battered by a storm which disrupted travel, affected business and houses.

The Environment Agency has put 48 flood alerts and one flood warning in place across the south east, including a flood alert for the Eastern Yar.

Julia Simpson, of the EA, said: "Over the New Year celebrations heavy rain is forecast, which could cause flooding to communities in the south east. We expect that rivers will respond to the rainfall that is predicted overnight and tomorrow.

"We are monitoring the situation very closely. River levels across the south east remain high and responsive, and standing water remains in some flood plains. EA teams have been on the ground, around the clock, operating pumping stations, issuing flood warnings and checking that flood banks, walls and barriers are working effectively. We urge communities to prepare in advance by signing up for free flood warnings and to take action if they receive one. A flood warning indicates that flooding is expected and immediate action is required."

The EA has set up a 24-hour hotline which can be contacted on 0845 988 1188 for advice and warnings. Information is also available on the EA website www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood


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by David Blackford

1st January 2014, at 08:41:45

Right Russell - When the tree root balls get saturated it doesn't take a lot of wind to uproot them.
Likewise, when the water soaks down to the slipper clay - it slips!

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by Russell Palin

1st January 2014, at 07:49:36

Happy New Year everybody.
The rain will be with us proper in the next 1-2 hours, it looks pretty heavy on radar, I hope it fades a bit before it gets here...50 mph winds with it at the moment although they will strengthen somewhat.
Trees are still falling in the forests I noticed fresh falls yesterday. Its the constant wind and rain it takes its toll in the end. Likewise does the rain with landslips, keep an eye out.

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by David Blackford

31st December 2013, at 15:48:02

The weather seems to be getting more unpredictable - not just here but all over the Planet. Could it be that the Global Warming prophets are right? - Batten down the hatches chaps

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