Environment Agency warns flooding may affect Newark and the surrounding areas in the coming days
The Environment Agency says it is working hard to protect the East Midlands, but expects more heavy rain to come.
Last week, the agency was on the ground, pumping water and dealing with blockages and other debris following a month’s worth of rain in 24 hours.
But with the ground completely saturated in parts of the district and with more heavy rain forecast for the area, there is a high probability that more people and businesses will be affected in the coming weeks and possibly months.
Louise Cresswell the East Midlands Area Manager at the Environment Agency said: “Flooding has a devastating impact on people’s lives.
"Our thoughts are with those who have been flooded and those waiting to return to their homes.
"Our top priority is the safety of residents and working with our partners to get people back into their homes as soon as possible.
“Further rain on Thursday and Friday may bring severe impacts from surface water and river flooding to parts of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
“After the very wet autumn, rivers will respond quickly to further rain and the Environment Agency is planning for the impacts of further rainfall.
“Our incident rooms remain open 24 hours a day and we are continuing to work closely with local authorities and partners.
“People should remain vigilant, follow the advice of the emergency services, check their flood risk and plan to stay safe.
"We advise people to stay away from swollen rivers and not to walk or drive through flood water as just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car.”
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