Parts of Kent could be hit by the worst floods seen in the county for 60 years overnight. That's the warning tonight from the Environment Agency.
The most severe warning possible - danger to life - has been issued for Sandwich near Deal. Gravesend, Medway and Seasalter are also at high risk of serious flooding. In all, between 1,500 and 2,000 coastal and riverside homes are said to be in danger.
A number of factors are combining to cause concern. High winds are coinciding with high spring tides causing a prolonged surge down the east coast and into the Channel.
The high risk times are just before 1 o'cock in the morning - the area most at risk is The Quay at Sandwich, where the Environment Agency says flood defences are likely to be breached. Sarah Saunders reports.
The Environment Agency is launching a new project to protect Salmon stocks in the Solent.
The Salmon Watch campaign is part of the Environment Agency's ongoing crackdown against fish theft and illegal angling.
Rivers in Hampshire are world famous for their salmon populations but surveys on the River Test and Itchen show that numbers are well below their conservation target.
Since a previous anti-poaching campaign in 2012, Environment Agency Fisheries Officers have arrested or cautioned five poachers who were caught fishing illegally as a direct result of reports received from the public.
The sunshine in parts of the region is good news - not just for sailors - but for those enjoying a day out on the beach or in the country. But it's also brought a note of caution from the Environment Agency
It's warning of the dangers of jumping into rivers to cool off and comes a year after a teenager died when he leapt from Donnington Bridge in Oxford. Officials say there could be unseen hazards.
Thames Water has been fined more than £27,000 for causing the pollution of a river in Surrey
The incident saw a pipe burst in a field behind Walton Lane sewage pumping station in Weybridge and flooded the field with sewage, which then entered the Engine River.
The company admitted the offence at Staines Magistrates Court on Friday May, 24.
The company was fined £18,000, ordered to pay costs of £9,764.15 and a victim surcharge of £15.
Thames Water was advised by the Environment Agency to contain the spilt sewage with sandbags and removal of sludge from the top of the river.
However, the court heard how Thames Water did not make enough effort to contain the pollution and affecting over 1.2 kilometres of the river.
Rivers and water courses are an important part of the environment; they offer an essential resource for wildlife, fisheries and recreation. It is distressing when incidents such as this one occur and cause fairly significant environmental damage, with several hundred fish killed by this sewage spill.
The prosecution and fining of Thames Water sends a clear message to other companies that if you fail in your environmental responsibilities you may be prosecuted.
The £20 million flood defence scheme will reduce the risk of tidal flooding to Sandwich and Stonar Loop. Currently there;s a 1 in 20 chance of tidal flooding for some properties in the area. The new tidal defence scheme will provide a 1 in 200 standard protection to more than 500 properties.
Work to protect homes and businesses from flooding gets underway today. The Sandwich Town Tidal Defence Scheme will affect 488 homes and 94 commercial properties. It's got backing from the Environment Agency, Kent County Council and Pfizer.