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Environment Agency issues flood alert for Christchurch Harbour amid heavy rain

PEOPLE are urged to avoid low-lying footpaths amid a flood alert for Christchurch Harbour.

The Environment Agency has shared the warning as heavy rain again sweeps across the town and the New Forest, although no Met Office alerts have been issued.

This follows a week that saw widespread travel chaos caused by water-logged roads amid torrential rain exacerbated by Storm Ciarán.

Flooding at Christchurch Harbour on 29th October (picture: Graham Wiffen)
Flooding at Christchurch Harbour on 29th October (picture: Graham Wiffen)

Now, the EA has stated flooding is possible for Christchurch Harbour and tidal stretches of the Lower Stour and Avon.

Urging people to be prepared, it said: “Monitor local water levels and weather conditions.

“Avoid using low-lying footpaths or entering areas prone to flooding. Start acting on your flood plan if you have one.”

Visit the gov.uk website to see current flood warnings, view river and sea levels, or check the five-day flood risk forecast attinyurl.com/55f98aun

The Floodline can also be called on 0345 988 1188, using quickdial code 210036.

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