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Environment agency issues yellow flood warning for county
12:46pm Friday 17th January 2014 in News
HAMPSHIRE has today been hit by yet more flood warnings as heavy rain continues to drench the South.
The Environment Agency has put 13 flood warnings and 84 flood alerts in place across the South East after another night of torrential heavy rain.
And with further downfalls forecast, Hampshire residents are once again being urged to brace themselves for more of the same.
Up to 40mm of rain came down on some parts of the county last night on land already saturated following weeks of dismal weather.
And the Met Office has today issued a yellow warning for rain affecting the south of Hampshire.
Andrew Pearce, Regional Duty Manager for the Environment Agency, said: “Environment Agency teams continue to work around the clock monitoring river levels, clearing watercourses, and working with communities to make them aware of their flood risk.
“We want to stress to residents that the risk of further flooding has not passed and they need to remain vigilant to the possibility of further flooding.
“We will closely monitor the way rivers respond to last night's rainfall and will issue further warnings if necessary.”
“High groundwater levels mean there is a continued risk of flooding in many areas such as Hampshire, south Wiltshire, West Berkshire, West Sussex and Kent.”
The unusual frequency and intensity of rainfall in December 2013 into January 2014 has led to a much more rapid rise in groundwater levels than is usually measured.
With current high groundwater levels any further substantial rainfall is likely to cause further rise and could lead to flooding.
People are urged to avoid driving or walking through flood water. Fast-flowing water that is just 15cm deep can be enough to knock an adult off their feet.
Advice for those dealing with flooding is available on the Environment Agency website and from Floodline on 0845 988 1188.
Up-to-date information is available on Twitter @EnvAgencySE and by following #floodaware.
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