Environment Agency warns of potential flooding caused by strong winds and high tides

By Crediton Courier Newspaper   |   Editorial   |
Tuesday 2nd January 2018 5:22 pm
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THE Environment Agency is warning that some coastal communities could be hit by flooding when Storm Eleanor reaches us later today (Tuesday, January 2) and tomorrow (Wednesday, January 3).

With winds of up to 80mph, high tides and very large waves, communities along the north coast of Devon and Cornwall, and the Isles of Scilly could be affected from this evening until Thursday, January 4.

The Environment Agency has opened its incident rooms in Devon and Cornwall and is issuing flood warnings to alert people to the possibility of flooding and encourage them to be alert, stay vigilant and make preparations for flooding. 

The Environment Agency’s field teams are out and about checking and closing flood gates and they will be on duty for a couple of hours each side of high tide until the weekend ready to attend any incidents and support local authorities as necessary. 

Ben Johnstone, Area Flood and Coastal Risk Manager, said: “Stormy conditions will see strong winds and large waves combine with high tides, which could lead to some flooding along the north Devon and Cornwall coastlines.

“Our frontline teams are on the ground, checking defences and closing coastal flood gates where appropriate. We urge people to stay safe on the coast – take extreme care on coastal paths and promenades, and don’t put yourself in unnecessary danger trying to take ‘storm selfies.’

“If you’re travelling, please check your route before setting off and don’t drive through flood water.

“We will issue flood alerts and warnings as necessary, so please check: www.gov.uk/flood for the latest advice or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188.”

Alan Quick

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