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More heavy rain forecast for Yorkshire and the North East


4:40pm 4th July 2012

The Environment Agency is asking people to remain vigilant ahead of heavy rain forecast for Yorkshire and the North East on Friday and Saturday.

A slow moving band of heavy rain is expected to cause more flood warnings to be issued on Friday and Saturday because the ground is still saturated from the rain the region has already experienced.

The Environment Agency is warning that there could be a risk of some surface water flooding and river flooding across the North.

Flooding from surface water happens when the local drainage system cannot cope with rainfall.  It is extremely difficult to predict precisely where surface water flooding will happen as it depends on ground levels, the amount of rainfall, and the local drainage network.

David Dangerfield, regional director for the Yorkshire and North East region of the Environment Agency said:

“Yorkshire and the North East has experienced some severe weather in recent weeks, and with further rain forecast for the next few days, we would urge the public to remain vigilant, check local weather forecasts, and the Environment Agency website for information.

“Our thoughts are with those people whose homes and businesses have already been affected by flooding. Our staff have been out working hard to provide communities with as much assistance and information as possible.”

Environment Agency teams are currently out on the ground monitoring river levels and clearing blockages to prevent flooding around culverts and bridges. They are also checking all the flood defences across the region to make sure they are ready to operate.

There are also some isolated showers forecast this afternoon and overnight, these may cause some surface water flooding.

If necessary, the Environment Agency will issue flood alerts and flood warnings. Information can be found here, http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood or you can follow us on twitter with updates via @envagencyyne for Yorkshire and the North East.

This week, Environment Agency officers are out in Calderdale visiting residents and business owners affected by the flooding at the end of June. They are visiting Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd along with the National Flood Forum and partner organisations to offer advice and support.

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