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Flood alerts have been issued across Cornwall as Storm Dylan brings heavy rain throughout Saturday evening and into Sunday morning.
Prolonged rainfall means the levels of rivers in Cornwall have risen so significantly, leading to concerns of localised flooding.
Police are also urging motorists to slow down in the face of standing water on many main roads. Drivers are also reminded not to drive into flood water without knowing its depth.
The alerts, issued by the Environment Agency on Saturday evening, read: “Flooding is possible from late on Saturday evening and through Sunday morning due to prolonged heavy rainfall which is expected to cause river levels to rise in the area. At present the expected river levels suggest that primarily there may be flooding to low-lying land and roads.
“Further showers, some of which may be heavy, are then expected throughout Sunday and into New Year’s Day. River levels are therefore likely to remain high throughout this period.
“Please take care in the area and monitor your local weather conditions. We are monitoring river levels and have staff in the area checking for and clearing blockages.”
The forecast is for up to two inches of rain to fall on Cornwall throughout the weekend. A yellow warning for heavy rain and flood remains across the south west as the UK continues to be battered by Storm Dylan.
The Met Office said: “Heavy rain is expected across much of southeast Wales, southwest England and parts of central and southern England from Saturday evening and overnight into Sunday morning.
“Bus and train services will probably be affected along with spray and flooding on some roads making journey times longer. Flooding of a few homes and businesses is also possible.”
For Sunday, the forecast is for early rain, heavy at times, will gradually clear to the east. It will leave a mixture of sunny spells and blustery showers, with gales in places. However it will fell warm, with temperatures forecast around 11 degrees centigrade.
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With water levels already high and heavy rainfall expected to continue for at least the next 24 hours, the Meteorological Service (Met Office) has issued a Riverine Flood Alert for Trinidad.
In an updated bulletin issued this afternoon, the Met Office said the possibility of river overtopping is imminent, if it has not occurred already in some low-lying areas.
Information coming from the Water Resources Agency indicates that water levels in some of the nation’s major rivers as well as their tributaries are fast approaching threshold levels. Some tributaries of the Caroni River have reportedly already begun overflowing onto their banks.
Earlier, the Met Office in an information bulletin warned of the possibility of street and flash flooding. But, as opposed to those types of flooding, riverine flooding is more prolonged and widespread.
The latest alert was issued in light of expected run-off into the basins from current rainfall, in addition to expected rainfall today into tomorrow.
Citizens residing near the Caroni River Basin, in particular, are asked to be on the alert for rising river levels and possible overspill.
All necessary measures must be taken to preserve life and property, the Met Office underscored.
The Met Office again advised that the country is under no tropical storm threat, watch or warning at this time.
An updated bulletin will be issued at 6 pm today or sooner if weather conditions worsen.
Citizens are reminded that a rough seas bulletin remains in effect.
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