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THE Environment Agency is urging people to be prepared for possible localised flooding as more heavy rain is due to reach the South West.

High ground in Exmoor is most likely to be affected, and strong winds could lead to some disruption along the coast as waves and spray come over the top of defences.

There are currently seven flood warnings and 43 flood alerts in place across the South West, although this is predicted to increase.

It is expected that some rivers will respond several hours after the rain stops.

Larger rivers, including the Lower Exe, will continue to rise throughout the week.

'With more rain on the way, we're advising people to take precautions and be on their guard for flooding,' said Jeremy Bailey from the Environment Agency.

'We strongly urge people to sign up to flood warnings and keep a close eye on local weather forecasts. We also ask that people stay safe, by staying away from swollen rivers and not attempting to drive through floodwater.'

'We already have teams out on the ground checking on flood defences and clearing any blockages in order to reduce the risk of flooding as much as possible.'


By The Tiverton Gazette at 09:47 on 31/01/13


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