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Environment Agency say increased risk of flooding in the UK

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couple in the rainThe Environment Agency (EA) have reported that there is an increased risk of flooding in the UK this winter.

Heavy, persistent rain in late October has saturated the ground which makes the risk of flooding greater, together with strong winds, high tides and debris in the rivers, particularly in the West.

A strong westerly jet stream is expected throughout November which leads to strong winds and bands of rain coming over from the south-west.

Higher ground is expected to recieve the worst of the weather and the heaviest rainfall.

The EA said that during November and early winter Atlantic depressions are typically more intense, more frequent and carry large amounts of moisture. Late autumn and early winter are typically the stormier and wetter times of the year.

David Rooke, director of flood and coastal risk management at the EA, said it was vital for businesses and communities to be prepared by checking the EA’s website for flood risk, signing up to free flood warnings and making personal flood plans.

“Every £1 spent on protecting communities from flooding saves £8 in repairing damage. Over the last three years we have protected an additional 182,000 homes and businesses with new flood defence schemes,” he said.

Last year over 7,000 properties were flooded, with 1 in 6 properties in England at risk of flooding.



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