London on flood alert

More than 25 areas of London are on flood alert again tonight due to a combination of heavy rain and high spring tides.

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PHE: Wash hands to avoid flood water contamination

Flood water covers part of the Somerset Levels near Burrowbridge.
Flood water covers part of the Somerset Levels near Burrowbridge. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

People in flooded areas have "nothing to panic about" from contaminated water if they keep washing their hands Public Health England (PHE) says.

Debbie Stark, a consultant with Public Health England's Devon, Cornwall and Somerset Centre, said: "Advice has been given regularly to local people about minimising any health risk.

"This includes avoiding contact with flood water, washing hands and food preparation surfaces and not eating food that has touched flood water."

She was responding to claims that flood water in Somerset is contaminated with bacteria.

Latest flood alerts for London

Credit: Environment Agency

The Environment Agency has issued a number of flood alerts as the rain continues:

The tidal River Crane at Twickenham

River Thames from Hampton and Thames Ditton to Teddington

Lower River Roding including Redbridge, Woodford, Wanstead, Ilford, East Ham and Barking

The River Crane at Hillingdon, Southall, Cranford, Feltham and Twickenham

Tidal Thames riverside from Putney Bridge to Teddington Weir

River Thames at Trowlock Island

River Thames at Thames Ditton Island

Find a full list of all areas under flood alert in the country here.

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Heavy rainfall raising threat of flooding in the South East

Today, tomorrow and into the weekend we are expecting heavy rainfall which will continue to raise the threat of flooding to communities in the south east.

We are monitoring the situation very closely as river and groundwater levels across the South East remain high and responsive, and standing water remains in some flood plains. As high spring tides are also forecast over the weekend we will be keeping a close eye on the developing situation around the coast.

Environment Agency teams remain out on the ground around the clock operating pumping stations, issuing flood warnings and checking that flood banks, walls and barriers are working effectively. We urge communities to prepare in advance by signing up for free flood warnings and to take action if they receive one.

– Environment Agency
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