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Theresa welcomes improved flood warning service

  • 10 Sep 2008

Theresa May has welcomed improvements to the flood warning service which will allow for more targeted local information to be accessed by people concerned about flooding.

The new measures, announced by the Environment Agency, will allow local residents to access specific information about flooding in their area. This follows improvements to the Environment Agency’s flood warning system on the Rivers Loddon and Thames. The changes mean that people can use a quickdial number specific to their local area when calling the Floodline. People can also sign up to receive flood warning messages directly by telephone, SMS text, email or pager message.

Theresa said, “I am pleased that the Environment Agency has taken these steps to improve the quality of information that the public can access about flooding. I recently met with the Environment Agency to discuss this so I welcome their announcement. It has been a problem in the past that information on flooding has been far too generalised, so people didn’t really know whether their specific neighbourhood was at risk. Hopefully this will now change, and I encourage anyone concerned about flooding to sign up to receive flood warning messages.”

The Environment Agency’s Floodline number is 0845 988 1188. The Floodline quickdial numbers for the local area are as follows:

  • River Loddon at Twyford, Charvil and Wargrave – 173209
  • River Thames at Marlow and Bisham – 173102
  • River Thames at Bourne End – 173103
  • River Thames at Cookham – 173104
  • River Thames at Maidenhead to Windsor and Eton – 173105