Britain braces for flooding: Government issues 39 warnings and 81 alerts across England as cars are seen driving through water in Dorset during high spring tide
- Environment Agency has issued 5 red warnings in Devon with 4 other alerts
- People across the UK have been urged to ‘act now’ following this
Britain has been warned to brace for flooding as river levels are set to rise with a number of warning in place across the country.
The Government today issued 39 flood warnings and 83 flood alerts across England while vehicles have been seen driving through waters during high tides.
Several flood warnings were issued across Devon today, following a night of heavy rain and gusty winds, with pictures on social media showing flooded roads and vehicles struggling to pass.
The Environment Agency issued five warnings in Devon along with four other alerts.
However, the warnings have not been confined to just the south west of England, as East Sussex, Hampshire and the Cumbrian coastline will be affected too.
In its long range forecast for 27 March to 5 April, the Met Office has said that Brits can expect ‘coastal showers, wintry in places, across the northeast accompanied by stronger winds’
A car drives through the flooding beneath the town bridge next to the harbour at Weymouth in Dorset during the high spring tide
A car drives through the flooding on Commercial Road next to the harbour at Weymouth in Dorset
In South Devon, a warning is in place along the coast around low-lying areas of the Dart estuary. Another warning is in place between Plymouth and Rame Head in Cornwall.
And in the North West of England, a fresh flood warning has been issued for the Cumbrian coastline, at Barrow in Furness, between North and South Walney, Cavendish and Ramsden Docks.
Meanwhile in Bristol, people have been urged to ‘act now’ after flood warnings have been issued.
Two warnings are in place; one for the River Avon at Pill and Shirehampton, Watch House Road and Station Road areas, while the other is along the coast at Portishead and Portbury Dock.
And 83 flood alerts are now in place, where ‘flooding is possible’, the government has warned.
This includes areas such as the Isle of Sheppey, the Coast from Heysham to Cockerham, the Northumberland coast and Lower Tone.
The Government has today issued 45 flood warnings and 83 flood alerts across England. The warnings have not been confined to just the southwest of England, as East Sussex, Hampshire and the Cumbrian coastline will be affected too
In its more severe warnings, the Environment Agency said: ‘Flooding is expected in this area. This means properties are at risk of flooding.
‘Please take action to protect yourself and your property and monitor local weather and river conditions. Avoid contact with, walking or driving through flood water.
‘Consider activating any property flood protection products you may have. Environment Agency Flood Warning Officers set the river or tidal levels that have triggered this message.
‘During industrial action this message has been automatically issued based on rising river or tidal levels.’
For the upcoming week however, the Met Office has not issued any weather warnings.
In its long range forecast for 27 March to 5 April, the weather service has said that Brits can expect ‘coastal showers, wintry in places, across the northeast accompanied by stronger winds.
‘Temperatures generally below average, but with lighter winds and sunshine feeling quite pleasant for most.’
Moving towards the start of April, ‘some spells of rain are likely to push across most areas, with the southeast seeing the driest conditions towards the end of the month.’
And into early next month, the Met Office has said that the weather will likely remain ‘changeable’.
It added: ‘But perhaps more in the way of drier interludes, especially across the south. Some strong winds are likely, with a low risk of gales, mainly for western areas.
‘Temperatures are generally above average, with colder conditions possible in the north.’
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