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Environment Agency Urges Caution As Storm Ciara Rolls In

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People should be vigilant and stay safe with a significant number of flood alerts in place across the country.

There are currently more than 190 flood warnings and around 170 flood alerts in place across the country as Storm Ciara brings heavy rain and wind to parts of England.

The Environment Agency has staff on the ground checking defences and is urging people to be safe when out, and not to drive through flood water.

Chris Wilding, Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, said:

Some significant river flooding is possible across parts of the north of England today due to heavy, persistent rain and severe gale force winds associated with Storm Ciara. We urge people in at-risk areas to remain vigilant.

Minor coastal flooding impacts are also possible for parts of the south, west and north-east England coast, where high tides, large waves and coastal gales combine. We advise people to check their flood risk, stay safe and avoid activities such as storm selfies.

Environment Agency staff are on the ground checking defences and assets across the weekend, clearing debris from trash screens and are ready to deploy temporary flood barriers if necessary. Sign up for our free flood warnings and keep up to date with the latest safety advice, call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or follow @EnvAgency on Twitter for the latest flood updates.

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