The Environment Agency is warning communities in the South East to be vigilant and prepared for possible flooding with strong winds heavy rain forecast on Monday and Tuesday.
Forecasts suggest that weather conditions will be unsettled across the region and heavy rain showers are forecast for Monday afternoon into Christmas Eve, which could cause flooding from rivers and surface water.
People are being urged to heed two key warnings:
- Residents who are set to be away for the festive period are urged to check the flood risk for their local area and, if necessary, take steps to protect valuable items left at home.
- Drivers are being urged to check the latest flood updates ahead of their journey - and to not to drive through dangerous floodwater.
If there is widespread and heavy rainfall it will fall onto catchments that are already wet or saturated following the recent rainfall across the region, which may cause flooding of low-lying land and roads in the area.
Simon Beavan, Regional Flood & 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.”