Residents urged to be prepared with weather warnings on the way

With a yellow weather warning in place, Leicestershire communities are being urged to be flood aware

Flooded road with stranded car

With weather warnings in place for Leicestershire, communities are being encouraged to be ‘flood aware’.

Rain is predicted this evening until the early hours of tomorrow (Friday 16 February). Leicestershire County Council is advising residents and businesses to be on alert, with some ground already saturated from earlier rainfall this week and from flooding back in January.

Flooding could occur, so to help you be prepared:

Other advice for the harsh weather includes checking in on vulnerable neighbours and wearing warm clothes and suitable footwear.

Councillor Ozzy O’Shea, county council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Flooding has had a deep effect on communities, homes and businesses over recent months. We’re proactively working to make sure we are ready for flooding.

“Our main message for residents is to be prepared If you live in areas which are prone to flooding, and please follow the advice and do not drive through flood water or road closures and follow the signposted diversion routes.”

If you need sandbags or assistance with housing and shelter, please contact your local district or borough council. 

If you want to report a blocked or damaged gully, you can do so on the council’s website.

Councils, emergency services and the NHS work together to help people prepare for harsh weather and to stay safe. Read more on our emergency flood advice.

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