More rain sparks flooding fears

More rain sparks flooding fears

The storms may have passed, but the flooding problem is still an issue in many parts of southern England.

Swollen rivers and saturated ground have led to 50 flood warnings being placed across the south-east and south-west of the country, with homeowners and motorists alike urged to remain vigilant.

The River Thames is particularly at risk of bursting its banks, while river levels are still high in Hampshire, West Berkshire, Surrey, West Sussex, Wiltshire and along the Severn in Worcester and Gloucestershire. Flooding on the roads can make already difficult winter driving conditions particularly treacherous.

In the Somerset Levels, water is also high, with some villages having been cut off by flood water. These are now stable in some places, while pumping has taken place to prevent more water drenching the moors.

Around 640 homes and business premises have suffered as a result of flooding since the start of January. Stormy conditions and high winds already caused major problems over Christmas.

There is more rain forecast for areas of saturated ground, leading to fears of more flooding. John Curtin, of the Environment Agency, said: "There is a continued risk of flooding in southern England, especially Dorset, South Wiltshire, Somerset and the Thames Valley, and we urge people to remain vigilant and prepared to take action."

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