More homes signed up to flood alerts

Thousands more people in Gloucestershire are getting free flood warnings, whether they want them or not.

The Environment Agency is automatically signing up over 2,200 homes and businesses in at risk areas, who haven't bothered signing up themselves.

It will bring the total number of properties getting warnings to nearly 5,000.

The Agency is sending letters out to all homes and businesses which are to be signed up and people can opt out if they want, those who stay will get a message sent to their landline warning them of any risks. 

Flood incident team leader, Phil Foxley, has been telling Heart more:

Listen to Phil Foxley

Getting more people signed up was one of the recommendations of the Pitt Review, which looked into the devastating floods of 2007.

To sign up to Floodline Warnings Direct: The Environment Agency's free service provides flood warnings direct to homes at risk of sea or river flooding by telephone, mobile, email, SMS text message, fax or pager. As well as signing up for warnings, you can get simple advice on what to do before, during and after a flood. Call 0845 988 1188 to find out if you are at risk.