Flood alert as heavy rain forecast

Gazette Series: Residents across the UK are being warned of the risk of further flooding by the Environment Agency Residents across the UK are being warned of the risk of further flooding by the Environment Agency

Residents across the UK are being warned of the risk of further flooding by the Environment Agency as heavy rains are forecast for the week ahead.

At immediate risk are Dorset and parts of northern England where there is a significant risk of surface water and river flooding.

And the Midlands and East Anglia are expected to see a significant band of rain on Tuesday, again increasing the risk of surface and river flooding.

An Environment Agency spokesman said that the flood risk remained high across England as the ground was heavily saturated and river levels were exceptionally high.

This was likely to lead to additional flood alerts and warnings being issued in the next 12 hours.

In Dorset, particularly in the Christchurch and Bournemouth area, river levels continue to rise as a result of the weekend's rain.

Residents at Iford mobile home park in Bournemouth were asked to evacuate their home because of the high risk of flooding.

They have been asked to temporarily leave their homes overnight as a precautionary measure due to rising river levels and Bournemouth Borough Council has arranged alternative accommodation for them.

Craig Woolhouse, head of flood incident management at the Environment Agency, said: "The Environment Agency is urging the public to remain vigilant and prepared for flooding, particularly in Dorset and the Midlands.

"The public should check the Environment Agency website and sign up for flood warnings. The public should keep safe by keeping away from swollen rivers and avoiding driving through floodwater."

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