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Environment Agency warns of flooding over the bank holiday weekend
THE Environment Agency is warning that there could be a risk of flooding over the bank holiday weekend.
Heavy, slow moving showers and more prolonged periods of rain is likely to affect the north west on Saturday, particularly in Cheshire and Lancashire.
The weather on Sunday is expected to brighten up before another band of heavy rain pushes into all parts of the region on Monday.
"This rain will fall on already saturated ground, increasing the risk of flooding," said an Environment Agency spokesman.
"We have mobilised teams across the region to check and clear any river blockages and closely monitor river levels.
"We are also working with local partners to ensure that surface water flooding is minimised where possible.
"The Environment Agency is urging local communities to remain vigilant and to prepare a plan in advance, so they know what to do if flooding occurs."
Sally Sudworth, the Environment Agency’s flood executive for the north west, added: “People should check if they are at risk of flooding, keep an eye on the weather and check local forecasts so that they have time to react if flooding looks imminent in their neighbourhood.
“By visiting our website you can keep tabs on our three-day forecast and check the latest flood alerts and warnings for your area.
"You can also find tips and advice for staying safe and check our flood map to see if your community is at risk of flooding.
“The most important thing to remember is to stay safe – plan ahead, be prepared, keep an eye on vulnerable members of your community to make sure they are OK and never walk or drive through flood water.”
More than 5.5 million, or one in six, properties are at risk of flooding from all types of floods across England and Wales.
Flooding can occur when rivers and waterways are overwhelmed by rainfall, and surface water flooding happens when the local drainage system cannot cope.
For more forecast information, visit environment-agency.gov.uk and the Floodline is available on 0845 988 1188.