Flood warning issued for the county
A WARNING has been issued to prepare for flooding due to the heavy rainfall across Harborough and the rest of the county.
The Environment Agency is warning residents and emergency responders in the county to prepare for an increased risk of flooding over the next two days.
The Met Office is forecasting up to three inches of rain for parts of the Midlands over the next 48 hours.
Warnings are likely to be issued for river and surface water flooding, and impacts are likely to be felt across the region.
People in Leicestershire are being told to prepare for possible flooding, significant disruption, including disruption to travel and flooding of properties and communities is possible, it says.
Strong winds will also increase the risk of flooding as wind-blown debris has the potential to block watercourses and drains.
The Environment Agency has mobilised teams across the Midlands to check on flood defences, clear any river blockages and closely monitor river levels.
In addition to surface water flooding, it is likely that a significant number of river flood alerts [meaning that flooding is possible] and warnings [meaning that flooding is expected] will be issued over the next three days.
People are asked to check the Environment Agency website for the latest information at www.environment-agency.gov.uk.
David Jordan, director of operations at the Environment Agency, said: “We are expecting flooding across the country from this evening and into Monday and Tuesday.
“We strongly urge people to sign up to flood warnings, keep a close eye on local weather forecasts and be prepared for the possibility of flooding.
“We also ask that people stay safe, by staying away swollen rivers and not attempting to drive through floodwater.
“The Environment Agency already has teams out on the ground checking on flood defences and clearing any blockages in order to reduce the risk of flooding as much as possible.”
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Weather for Market Harborough
Sunday 19 May 2013
Temperature: 10 C to 18 C
Wind Speed: 14 mph
Wind direction: North
Temperature: 11 C to 17 C
Wind Speed: 15 mph
Wind direction: North