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A new flood warning service is now available to some residents in the Advertiser area.

Some Balderton residents can now receive flood warnings which tell people of an imminent risk of flooding to their home or business.

The Environment Agency says it aims to help people make informed decisions about how to respond.

Road flooded under the A1, between Balderton and Coddington. 310719DD1-1
Road flooded under the A1, between Balderton and Coddington. 310719DD1-1

The new warning, which also covers some residents in Eastwood and Woodborough, will apply to 109 properties at risk of flooding in Balderton from Lowfield Drain to Middlebeck.

Householders are encouraged to prepare if they receive a flood alert, which could mean packing a bag that includes medicines, insurance documents and anything else they wouldn't want to lose if flooding were to take place.

A flood warning calls on people to act now which means turning off gas, water and electricity, and moving family and pets to safety.

Balderton Playing Fields flooded pitches.
Balderton Playing Fields flooded pitches.

A severe flood warning means you are in immediate danger and you should follow advice from emergency services.

Paul Lockhart, flood and coastal risk manager for the Environment Agency East Midlands, said: "Wherever you live, on a hill, in a flat or in an area that's never flooded before, flooding can still affect you, putting your home, your possessions and your family at risk.

"We want to ensure that everyone has as much time as possible to prepare for flooding which is why we're pleased that people in Eastwood, Woodborough and Balderton will now be able to receive our free flood warning service."

Additional government funding has enabled the Environment Agency to invest in the latest technology and infrastructure needed to provide a flood warning service in over 200 other communities across England.

In total, an additional 62,000 properties at risk of flooding will receive flood warnings between now and the end of 2022.

Home and business owners will be auto-enrolled to the flood warning service via their mobile network. However, to get the most benefit out of the service the Environment Agency is encouraging people to register directly by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188.

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