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From Rainfall to Flood Warnings

How the Environment Agency and Met Office help protect people from flood.
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Environment Agency

on 6 March 2013

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Transcript of From Rainfall to Flood Warnings

Using global observations, meteorological understanding of our atmosphere and powerful computers the Met Office produces accurate weather forecasts and warnings up to five days ahead. From rainfall to flood warnings We all know that when it rains, things can flood.
Its our job as the Environment Agency to protect people and property from flooding Ever wondered how we generate flood warnings? It all starts here... But.... We work...to warn and inform people so that they can be as prepared as possible when this happens... This data is sent to the National Flood Forecasting System. The network consists of over 750 rain gauges, more than 1500 river level and river flow sensors and 100 coastal gauges, all of which transmit information via our Telemetry System. Every river level site can provide advanced warning of potential flooding. We add our rain, coast and river gauge data... This information is collected and assessed by the Flood Forecasting Centre... The level of flood risk is then agreed between the Flood Forecasting Centre and Environment Agency regional forecasting teams... Area teams then use local information and knowledge to issue Flood Warnings if required These warnings go to... at risk communities local media.... and emergency responders... The Flood Forecasting Centre (FFC) is a partnership between the Environment Agency and the Met Office. The centre forecasts for all natural forms of flooding - river, surface water, tidal/coastal and groundwater. That's it! Information is updated every 15 minutes on our website www.environment-agency.gov.uk And you can sign up to our free Floodline Warnings Direct Service on 0845 988 1188.
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