THE Environment Agency has warned that drought conditions can increase the risk of flash flooding.
They say dry, compacted soils because of the drought mean that water is less easily absorbed into the ground, and so any future storms could lead to a greater risk of flash flooding.
Craig Woolhouse, Environment Agency Head of Flood Incident Management, said: “As the drought in England continues, the thought of flooding may be far from people’s minds, but we cannot ignore the risk.
“Dry and compacted ground means that there is a greater risk of flash flooding if there is heavy rainfall, and stormy seas and high tides can produce floods at any time.
“Being prepared is vital to help reduce the risk of flooding. With over five million people living or working in areas at risk from flooding across England and Wales, we are urging communities to use the new application, alongside our existing Floodline Hotline and website updates, to keep one step ahead of future floods.”