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Flooding eases but risks remain

Flooded street6/3/14

By Ian Lewis

Only one severe warning remains in place as the worst flooding of recent years continues to ease.

As much of the land across southern England is still saturated, however, the threat of groundwater flooding continues to carry a threat to properties and travel networks in many areas, the Environment Agency (EA) warns.

The wettest winter for nearly 250 years has left properties across the country ruined with hundreds of home and business owners left counting the cost of the damage.

A severe flood warning for North Moor and Salt Moor, which includes the village of Moorland on the Somerset Levels, has been downgraded by the agency after being in place for a month.

Drier weather predicted

The EA said the depth and extent of flooding affecting Moorland, Fordgate and Northmoor Corner has reduced over the last 10 days although a number of properties there remain flooded.

Access to some villages is still hampered by the waters.

But predicted drier weather to come and increased pumping after the end of the high spring tides means experts are forecasting water levels will drop further over the next few days.

A severe flood warning indicates that there is a danger posed to life and just one now remains in place - between the villages of East Lyng and Burrowbridge in Somerset.

Some flood warnings remain

As well as the severe warning, 19 flood warnings are still in place. Nine of them are in Kent, Surrey and the Thames Valley with another eight in Dorset and the Somerset Levels.

The EA has another in place for the River Nene near Peterborough and one for the River Severn at Maisemore and Sandhurst near Gloucester.

The agency is also warning there is still a risk of property flooding and travel disruption for parts of Greater London, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, West Sussex, west Berkshire, Kent and Surrey because of the saturated ground.

And it says although it is easing, flooding on the Somerset Levels will continue for some time to come, resulting in continuing problems for a number of communities and the area's transport network.


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