Flood warning for the weekend

Nottinghamshire residents are being warned of surface water issues as more heavy rain is forecast from midnight tonight and throughout the weekend.

Ground conditions remain saturated in areas of the county from the recent downpours and forecasts show heavy rainfall over the East Midlands area for Friday but it is unclear the exact locations that it will affect.

Once again residents living in flood risk areas are advised to check the Met Office weather forecast frequently and listen to the local radio for traffic disruption information.

They are also being encouraged to put flood protection measures in place to protect their property.

In the event of flooding, residents are reminded not to enter flood water in case of hidden hazards such as lifted manhole covers.

Drivers are being warned to think before they drive through flood water not only because of the risk of getting stuck but also because they could inadvertently be causing flooding to nearby properties.

The County Council is on stand-by and will be working with the emergency services and other organisations within the county to respond to flood emergencies and support local communities that may be affected by the rainfall.

Households which rely on sandbags to help protect their property should purchase them in advance from local DIY stores and builders merchants as local authorities may not be able to respond to all sandbags requests if flooding is widespread. In such instances councils will give priority to those residents who are at risk and are unable to help themselves.

Councillor Mick Murphy, Chairman of the County Council’s Community Safety Committee, said: “We have experienced some very heavy localised showers over the last few weeks which have been difficult to predict exactly where and when they will fall.

“Although the potential rainfall tomorrow is not expected to be as heavy as last week, areas of land in the county are still very saturated from recent wet weather so any further downpours could create surface water problems.

“People living in areas at risk of flooding should remain vigilant and be prepared to protect their property.”

The Environment Agency offers a Flood Warning Service Flood by area which is available by calling 0845 988 1188 or by visiting its website at www.environment-agency.gov.uk

The Environment Agency also has an advice on what to do before, during and after a flood also on its website.




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