Friday, 6 July 2012
Rain and Floods Warnings
There was me saying what a lovely day it was yesterday only for me to read in the news that we are to brace ourselves for more heavy rain and flash flooding tomorrow. In fact it is predicted we could see the whole months rainfall in the next 48 hours.
It would appear the risk of flooding in the East of England, the Midlands and parts of Wales is the highest it has been so far this year. This has resulted in the Met Office issuing amber warning for these areas. It is predicted that two bands of heavy rain will come in on Friday and early Saturday and this could cause problems with transport links and flooding to properties.
BBC weather reports said that 40 to 60mm of rain was anticipated, with some areas possibly getting in excess of 80mm, and with such large rainfall totals the result will be problems with surface water, river flooding, travel disruption and severe impacts on local infrastructure. Not something you would expect even of a British Summer.
Environment Agency's head of flood incident management, is reported as saying that "We are expecting some very significant flooding in the coming days across large parts of the country, and would strongly urge people to sign up to flood warnings, keep a close eye on the forecasts for their area and be prepared. We would also ask that people stay safe, by keeping out of dangerous flood water and not attempting to walk or drive through it."
The reports say that the agency has opened incident rooms and has teams out checking on flood defences and clearing any blockages to reduce risks as much as possible. The truth is we all know from the flooding in Leicester and other areas recently the drainage systems are just not up to the task of dealing with such heavy rainfall. So be on your guard and I hope you have fun in the rain and play safe.
Posted by Roy