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Environment Agency warns coastal communities of flood risk

High tides and gales force winds could cause coastal flooding in parts of the region. The Environment Agency has issued 11 flood warnings.

Spring tides and strong south easterly gales could cause problems for coastal communities in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall tomorrow and over the weekend.

A large area of low pressure across the North Atlantic has increased the risk of storm surges.

Agency gangs have been out checking flood defences and closing tidal flood gates at a number of coastal locations including Truro, Polperro and Plymouth Sutton.

The critical periods will be the early morning tides over the next three days.

If they co-incide with rain, there’s a risk of tide-locking where water is held in rain-swollen rivers and cannot escape into the sea because of the high tides.

This could result in localised flooding. We urge people to remain vigilant.

– Nick Roseveare, Environment Agency

Those in areas of risk should check the Environment Agency website for the latest information or call 0845 988 1188.

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