Every UK city liable to flooding this weekend as Brits warned of journey chaos

Brits have been warned to avoid rivers after multiple flood warnings were put in place.

The recent torrential downpours which have left parts of the country struggling to cope this week have resulted in rising river levels and dangerous surface water left behind. As a consequence of this, the Government’s weather experts have now issued 28 flood alerts – all of which are confined to the Greater London area.

There were originally 30 warnings but two have since been removed. Those still in place are dotted across the south affecting Canterbury, Swindon and Cambridge, as well as Luton and Winchester.

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Several warnings have been issued
Several warnings have been issued

And while the rest of the country doesn’t have any warnings, a notice has been issued to make sure locals are on their toes.

The five-day flood forecast states: “Local flooding is possible but not expected from surface water for parts of North West England and the West Midlands today (Thursday). Properties may flood and there may be travel disruption.

Local flooding is also possible but not expected more widely across England today (Thursday) and again on Friday and Saturday. Lands, roads and properties may flood and there may be travel disruption. (Long term) You may be at long term flood risk from rivers, the sea, surface water or groundwater.”

One of the biggest warnings takes in Easy Surrey and South London.

The entire country has also been warned about the dangers
The entire country has also been warned about the dangers

It states: “Groundwater levels in East Surrey and South London rose during the winter following higher than average rainfall. Levels continued rising until late March and remained high in April. The Caterham Bourne is in flow since mid-March and is still flowing in the Whyteleafe and Kenley area, and the Environment Agency is monitoring the levels and flow of the Bourne in Kenley Bourne Park.

“However, groundwater levels across the area have now started to fall, although some properties with deep basements in and around Purley and low-lying land near the Caterham Bourne could still experience flooding.”

The full list of impacted areas can be found on the Government’s flood notice website, but a select few locations includes:

Flood alert area: Areas at risk from Groundwater flooding including Caterham Bourne, Coulsdon Bourne, Beddington, Carshalton, Coulsdon, Kenley, Purley, South Croydon, Whyteleafe, Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich, Ginge Brook, for the Steventon area down to and including Sutton Courtenay, Lewisham, Bishops Sutton near Alresford in Hampshire, Petham Bourne, Alkham bourne and Nailbourne including Elham, Barham, Bishopsbourne, Bridge, Patrixbourne and Bekesbourne.

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