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[08 DEC 00] ENVIRONMENT AGENCY NEWS
Postcode Flood Checks As Rain And Wind Comes Again

With rain lashing down across Coventry and Warwickshire, flood warnings were being prepared for the area by the Environment Agency.

Severe storms are expected to bring havoc to the region as heavy rain and high winds adds to the chaos experienced by many people last month.

Gusts of up to 70 mph are expected to have lashed high grounds and the rivers Severn and Avon are at risk from swelling with more than an inch of rain likely to fall over the next 48 hours.

A flood warning has also been issued for the River Leam between Marton and Leamington.

Areas near Rugby, Warwick and Stratford suffered from the high rainfall in October and November.

As water passed downstream it caused levels to rise. The Victorian Evening in Warwick was almost washed out, but some brave people risked a soaking to see the stalls, entertainment and amusement rides.

Organisers of the event are hoping for a better evening tonight when the attractions will return to the streets of the town centre.

In Coventry the rainfall for the month was just 1mm below the al-time record for November.

The Environment Agency, which has been trying to raise awareness of streets and districts potentially at risk, has launched a detailed street-by-street guide to where the areas most at risk are.

To use it, type in your postcode and it will tell you if your property is at risk. http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood/index.htm

Worried homeowners were today bombarding the site to see if their houses were at risk.

To use the Flood Call recorded service, dial 08459 881188 and then use one of these quick-keys for detailed coverage:

052431 for the Avon upstream of Rugby (towards Welford)

052432 for the Avon between Rugby and Warwick

052433 for the Avon between Stratford and Warwick

052434 for the River Leam (between Rugby and Leamington
  

   

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