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Flood Alert upgraded to a FLOOD WARNING

Flood Alert upgraded to a FLOOD WARNING.

At 7.50pm today the Environment Agency has upgraded the Flood Alert to a WARNING, further updates will follow as issued, please make sure that anyone at risk is aware of the situation.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency.

Flood Warning in force: River Rother at Etchingham.

Flooding is expected for: Etchingham, including areas along the railway east and south of the village.

Immediate action required.

River levels have risen as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property is imminent. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 3 hours. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please move possessions and valuables off the ground or to safety and avoid contact with flood water and remain safe in the area of concern. This message will be updated by 6am tomorrow morning, Friday 6th March, or as the situation changes.

What you should consider doing now
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* Act on your flood plan if you have one.

* Move your family and pets to a safe place.

* Move your car or other vehicles to higher ground, if it is safe to do so.

* Use flood protection equipment, such as flood barriers, air brick covers and pumps to protect your property. Any equipment should be professionally supplied and installed to help reduce the impact of flood water.

* Move important items upstairs or to a safe place in your property, starting with cherished items of personal value that you will not be able to replace (such as family photographs). Next move valuables (such as computers), movable furniture and furnishings.

* You may need to leave your property, so pack a bag with enough items for a few nights away. Include essential items including a torch with spare batteries, mobile phone and charger, warm clothes, home insurance information, water, food, first aid kit and any prescription medicines or baby care items you may need.

* Turn off gas, electricity and water mains supplies before flood water starts to enter your property. Never touch an electrical switch if you are standing in water.

* If it is safe to do so, make sure neighbours are aware of the situation and offer help to anyone who may need it.

* Listen to the advice of the emergency services and be ready to evacuate your property if told to do so. Most evacuation centres will let you bring your pets.

* Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. 30 cm of fast-flowing water can move a car and 6 inches can knock an adult off their feet.

* Flood water is dangerous and may be polluted. Wash your hands thoroughly if you’ve been in contact with it.

To check the latest information for your area
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* Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/target-area/064FWF51A