Flood risk remains today

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SNOW ALERT: Cars could become stranded as ‘beast from the east’ hits

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TEAMS have continued to work round-the-clock to pump away surface water and prevent further flooding today.

Environment Agency staff have been clearing trash screens, closing flood gates, operating flood storage areas and removing debris from known hotspots.

An incident command centre has been set up in Bracklesham, West Sussex, which was one of the worst affected areas during Monday’s torrential rain. River levels across the area are being closely monitored, with potentially up to 20mm of rainfall forecast today and into the weekend.

Peter Quarmby, from the Environment Agency, said: ‘We are focusing all efforts in working in areas that have been affected by flooding to lower river levels. We urge everyone to remain vigilant ahead of further rainfall.

‘We are monitoring forecasts very closely and the possibility remains we could issue further flood alerts.’