Recent settled weather has reduced the risk of flooding this week.

However, with ground water and river levels remaining high following December’s rain, and potential for further rainfall later this week, the Environment Agency is continuing to urge people to stay safe by checking their flood risk and sign up for flood warnings.

Neil Davies, Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, said:With the recent more settled weather, the risk of flooding is subsiding in many parts of the country.

However, localised groundwater flooding could continue to affect parts of the south and south-west of England for at least the next five days as levels in these areas continue to rise or remain high following last month’s heavy rain. Local communities in these areas are asked to remain vigilant to the risks of flooding.

While river levels are falling, they remain high and further rain on Thursday could cause localised flooding in some areas. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and to operate our flood defences to help keep communities safe.

We advise people to sign up for flood warnings, stay away from swollen rivers and not drive through flood water - just 30cm of flowing water is enough to float your car.

You can check your flood risk, sign up for free flood warnings and keep up to date with the latest situation at, call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or follow @EnvAgency on Twitter for the latest flood updates.