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2 July 2010, 00:00
You can now check online if your house in Kent is at risk of flooding as the Environment Agency launch a new website.
The site will let people check water levels at more than 100 river and coastal locations in the South East - people who have registered with the organisation can already get a free phone call or text telling them if there's a flood warning.
Heart's been told that more and more people whose homes are at risk of flooding have bought their own flood defences, and this new system will help them decide when to put them around their property.
The Environment Agency are also hoping the new information will be used by people heading out in boats, wanting to go fishing or to the beach.
Andrew Gilham, Regional Flood and Coastal Risk Programme Manager, said: “Our new service is there to help people, communities and businesses make informed decisions about how to respond to potential flooding. It will also be a valuable source of up to date information for boaters, surfers and other water users.
“Online river and sea level data will complement the Environment Agency’s free flood warning service, and we urge people to sign up to receive free alerts by phone, email or text message by calling 0845 988 1188 or by visiting www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood."