The Environment Agency warns of flooding tomorrow (Thursday) at Christchurch Harbour and tidal stretches of the Lower Stour and Avon rivers
FLOODING is expected in parts of Christchurch tomorrow (Thursday), the Environment Agency is warning.
The organisation says tides are expected to be “higher than usual” due to the forecasted heavy rain for the area, which is also expected to produce large onshore waves.
Spots most at risk include Christchurch Harbour and tidal stretches of the Lower Stour and Avon rivers.
The warning states the first high water will be at 8.30am, with the second forecasted for 9.30pm.
Residents in affected areas should monitor local water levels and weather conditions, and move cars and vehicles to higher ground, if it is safe to do so.
The Environment Agency also advises putting together a flood kit of essential items including a torch with spare batteries, mobile phone and charger, warm clothes, insurance documents, water, food, first aid kit and any prescription medicines or baby care items you may need.
People should avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water.
As reported in the A&T, the Met Office earlier issued a yellow weather alert for rain across the south of England from 2am tomorrow, which is expected to last until 6am on Friday.
Spray and flooding on roads could make journey times longer, with bus and train services also likely to be affected.
The organisation says flooding of a few homes and businesses is possible.