Flood warning after forecasts of strong winds and heavy rain in the South East

The Horsham district is bracing for possible flooding over the weekend due to forecasts of strong winds and the risk of heavy rain.

Friday, 20th December 2013, 11:54 am
Storm clouds

Forecasts suggest that weather conditions will be unsettled across the region and heavy rain showers are forecast for Friday night (December 20) and Saturday (December 21) which could cause flooding from rivers and surface water, the Environment Agency has warned.

There are currently ten flood alerts in force across the South East region.

Environment Agency staff are closely monitoring the situation, are out checking flood defences and clearing trash screens.

People who are set to be away for the festive period are being urged to check the flood situation and take precautionary steps to prepare, such as moving valuable items to safety, before travelling. People are also urged to check the flood risk situation for their journey and at their destination.

David Bedlington, regional flood and coastal risk manager at the Environment Agency, said: “With more unsettled weather forecast for the South East, following recent heavy rainfall, there could be a lot of water in low-lying lands and on roads.

“Those who live in an area vulnerable to flooding should think about the precautions they can take to limit the damage a flood can cause to themselves and their property. Be prepared: check the Environment Agency website for the latest situation and advice.”