Coastal communities urged to prepare for possible flooding

The Westmorland Gazette: Coastal communities urged to prepare for possible flooding Coastal communities urged to prepare for possible flooding

COMMUNITIES across the North West coast have been urged to prepare for possible coastal flooding.

The Environment Agency have warned coastal communities to remain vigilant and alert for possible tidal flooding between Friday and Sunday, as strong winds combine with high tides and large waves.

This could lead to localised spray and wave over-topping at exposed coastal locations and promenades, and the risk of flooding to properties and low lying land.

Environment Agency teams will be working around the clock to check flood defences and close tidal gates.

Further flood alerts and some flood warnings are likely to be issued.

With the ground saturated and river levels high, there remains a continued risk of river and surface water flooding across south, south west and north west England.

Craig Woolhouse, the Environment Agency’s head of flood incident management, said: “Strong winds and large waves along the west and south coasts of England are forecast between Friday and Sunday, coinciding with high tides.

“Impacts could include flooding affecting some coastal properties and communities. Coastal paths and promenades could be highly dangerous as there is an increased risk of being swept out to sea. People are warned to stay away from the shoreline.

“The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation closely, working alongside partners including the Met Office and local authorities.

"Environment Agency teams are out on the ground making sure that flood defences are in good working order, monitoring sea levels and preparing to issue flood alerts and warnings.

“People should check the Environment Agency website or follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest flood outlook, and sign up to receive free flood warnings.”

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