Thirteen flood alerts in force for the South of England

UK weather: Met Office forecasts fog and cloudy skies

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The Environment has put 13 flood alerts in place for areas in the South and south east of England. The alerts warn people in the affected area that flooding is possible and that residents must “be prepared”.

Households and businesses should prepare by packing a bag with necessities such as medicines and vital documents such as insurance forms.

Residents should be signing up for flood alerts or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or follow @envagency and #floodaware on Twitter to keep up to date.

People have also been advised to ensure they know how to turn off gas, electricity and water mains supplies and plan how to move family and pets to safety.

The main alerts are in place in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Taunton, and Bournemouth due to high river levels.

Flooding is possible in Aldingbourne and Barnham Rifes, Hundred Foot Washes in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, Lower Frome and tributaries, Lower Tone and Parrett Moors, and River Cherwell from Lower Heyford down to and including Oxford.

Alerts are also in place for River Evenlode from Moreton in Marsh to Cassington and also the River Glyme at Wootton and Woodstock, Ricer Leach from Northleach to Mill Lane near Lechlade, River Lugg south of Leominster, and River Piddle and tributaries.

The other impacted areas are River Ray and its tributaries from Shipton Lee to and including Islip, Rivers Frome and Cam, River Yeo and River Parrett Moors around Muchelney and Thorney and Upper Bristol Avon area.

A number of the alerts are due to be updated on Wednesday morning around 11am GMT.

Residents have been warned that while river levels are set to fall over the next few hours, people must stay cautious of the floodwater.

The Environment Agency said: “River levels are falling, but still pose a flood risk. We are closely monitoring the situation.

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“Our incident response staff are clearing weed screens. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers which may be flooded and refer to local authority website for local road closures.”

BBC meteorologist Chris Fawkes said that Wednesday will be foggy with spells of rain in Northern Ireland and Western Scotland which may cause visibility issues.

However, towards the end of the week there will be “bitterly” cold winds hitting Scotland which could result in some snow while milder weather is seen in the southwest of England.

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