Environment Agency warns of increased flood risk this winter

The Environment Agency is warning there is an increased risk of flooding this winter. Pictured: Last

The Environment Agency is warning there is an increased risk of flooding this winter. Pictured: Last December Braunton was hit by flooding just days before Christmas. - Credit: Archant

North Devon could face more flooding after heavy rainfall in October coupled with high tides and strong winds.

THE Environment Agency has warned there is an increased likelihood of flooding in the South West this winter.

The news comes after a flood seminar in Filleigh earlier this month saw communities told they must prepare action plans for future floods.

Last December Braunton was one of the areas badly hit by flooding and this month parts of Ilfracombe seafront were damaged by huge waves battering the harbour.

The EA said wet weather and strong winds coinciding with high tides and wind-blown leaves and debris blocking rivers are increasing flood rsik.

The Agency is urging families, communities and businesses to check their flood risk and be prepared for possible flooding.

Based on a Met Office analysis, the EA has advised that coastal, rivers and surface water are likely to have an elevated risk of flooding.

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Persistent rainfall last month has left the ground very wet and a strong, westerly jet stream is expected to dominate through much of November.

Richard Cresswell, South West Director of the Environment Agency, said: “The most important thing that we can all do to protect ourselves from the devastation that flooding can cause is to be prepared – check flood risk on the Environment Agency’s website, sign up to free flood warnings and make a personal flood plan.

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“Every £1 spent on protecting communities from flooding saves £8 in repairing damage.

“There are 140,000 people who are at risk of flooding in the South West.

“Over the last three years in the South West we have reduced the risk of flooding to thousands of homes and businesses with new flood defence schemes.”

Sign up for free flood warnings on the Environment Agency’s website and keep checking the Gazette website this winter for regular updates.

VIDEO: Watch the Environment Agency’s video above on how to create a CLEAR flood plan.

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