THOSE SIGNED up to the Environment Agency’s Flood Warnings Direct service will have received phone calls, text messages or e-mail alerts yesterday about possible floods.
The messages amongst other things, advise that residents prepare a flood kit including a torch, batteries, mobile phone, warm clothes, water, food and any prescription medicines you may need. And that people should avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water.
The Flood Alerts are a very good service, but precautionary in most instances. A local scan of the ‘drains’ on Sunday – when it rained torrents! – showed them higher than normal, but not critically so – and they were lower yesterday. However, it can take hours or days for water to flow from higher ground to reach our local waterways, so vigilance is always encouraged
If you haven’t signed up for Flood Warnings Direct, then visit the Environment Agency website.
PS: I was out on my ‘Blog Beat’ in the pouring rain on Sunday, and I would like to give my thanks to the gentleman who lives on Cleeve Road who offered to give me a lift back into Hedon. Much appreciated – and quite rare these days to offer such assistance to a stranger. I didn’t take the offer up as I still had areas to cover – but many thanks indeed! – Ray Duffill