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28 February 2012, 05:00
1,100 homes and businesses across Norfolk will now be able to get free flood warnings if they are in danger.
The Environment Agency is extending its free flood warning service to the properties in Norfolk at risk of flooding from the Hundred Foot Washes and they will now be automatically signed up to the Environment Agency's free Floodline Warnings Direct service.
From the middle of March 2012, properties at risk in these areas will receive an automated telephone message informing them that they have been added to the flood warning service. If they wish to opt-out of this free service then they can do so by contacting Environment Agency's 24 hour Floodline number on 0845 988 1188.
Once signed up to the service, a property will receive an automated telephone message when flood warnings are issued for their area. These messages will tell residents when flooding is expected, what actions they should take and instruction on how to find further information.
The Environment Agency says that the automatic registration of more properties is the latest move to improve flood risk information for the public. This extension was one of the key recommendations from the independent Pitt Review into the summer 2007 floods.
To sign-up to the Environment Agency's free flood warning service you can visit http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/floodanglian or call Floodline on 0845 988 1188.