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South West and Midlands still at threat from flooding

Environment Agency (EA) said today there were still 40 flood warnings in place in south west England and a further 26 in the Midlands as flooding continues to cause disruption.

The Agency said the people in the worse affected areas - including Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Torbay, Plymouth, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire - should prepare for further flooding.

Rain falling on already saturated ground could lead to further river and surface water flooding, and strong winds could worsen surface water flooding, as wind-blown leaves and debris block drains, EA said.

Across the country there are a total of 76 flood warnings and 147 flood alerts in force.

Significant disruption from river flooding is also expected at the Billing Aquadrome campsite in Northamptonshire, where people are being evacuated.

“Environment Agency teams have been mobilised across the country to check on flood defences, clear river blockages and monitor river level,” said Environment Agency head of incident management John Curtin.

“These teams work around the clock to reduce the risk of flooding, and will be out in force over the coming days. Environment Agency flood defences have protected more than 2,000 properties in the past 24 hours.”

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