Flood Warning 16/02/2020

A Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency.

Flood Alert in force: River Thames from Datchet to Shepperton Green & Colne Brook at Colnbrook.

Flooding is possible for: River Thames from Datchet to Shepperton Green including Old Windsor, Wraysbury, Horton, Staines, Egham, Laleham and Chertsey, The Colne Brook at Colnbrook including Horton and Wraysbury.

Immediate action required.

We have issued a flood warning. Property flooding is possible in Colnbrook. Rain from Storm Dennis has been falling throughout today, Sunday 16 February. The water level on the Colne Brook has risen as a result. Heavy scattered showers are predicted through Sunday night and into Monday. In Wraysbury property flooding is not currently expected. 
The river level is forecast to rise further through Sunday night. This will reach a level that has the potential to flood property in the early hours of Monday morning 17 February. River levels are forecast to be at their highest on Monday morning.
Residents are strongly urged to take action now. Activate any property flood protection measures you may have, such as flood barriers. Remain safe and be aware of your local surroundings.
We will be closely monitoring the situation throughout the night. We are operating sluice gates to make room for water and working with Slough Borough Council to reduce risk.
This message will be updated during the night or earlier if the situation changes.

What you should consider doing now

* Act on your business flood plan if you have one.

* Move your staff and customers to a safe place.

* Move cars or other vehicles to higher ground, if it is safe to do so.

* Use flood protection equipment, such as flood barriers, air brick covers and pumps to protect your property. Any equipment should be professionally supplied and installed to help reduce the impact of flood water.

* Move stock and other valuable items upstairs or to a safe place in your building.

*Turn off gas, electricity and water mains supplies before flood water starts to enter your building. Never touch an electrical switch if you are standing in water.

* If it is safe to do so, make sure neighbouring businesses are aware of the situation and offer help to anyone who may need it.

* Listen to the advice of the emergency services and be ready to evacuate your building if told to do so.

* Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. 30 cm of fast-flowing water can move a car and 6 inches can knock an adult off their feet.

* Flood water is dangerous and may be polluted. Wash your hands thoroughly if you’ve been in contact with it.

To check the latest information for your area

* Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/target-area/062FWF28Colnbrk

* Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 172737.

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