River Mole flood warnings issued as rain hits Surrey

Tesco car park at Horley
Image caption The car park at a Tesco supermarket in Horley was under water

Two flood warnings are in place for the River Mole in Surrey with further heavy rain predicted across the South East.

Residents along the river at Hookwood and Charlwood, and also at Sidlow, Leigh and Betchworth have been advised to contact the Environment Agency Floodline for more information.

Mole Valley council said river levels had already risen significantly following prolonged rainfall overnight.

The council has delivered sandbags to residents as a precaution.

It said levels were still rising in the Sidlow, Leigh and Betchworth areas.

The local authority also warned that river levels would rise further if heavy showers continued.

The Environment Agency also said it was preparing for further significant rainfall overnight.

'Action required'

Residents have been urged to be aware of the risk of surface water flooding from overwhelmed drains.

Motorists have been advised to stay out of flood water and not to attempt to drive through it.

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Media captionWater levels in the River Mole have been rising steadily in the heavy rain

The Environment Agency said crews spent the weekend and Monday clearing trash screens, closing flood gates, operating flood storage areas, removing debris from known hotspots and warning and informing the public about the possibility of flooding.

It said teams were monitoring river levels across the South East.

The Environment Agency issues three levels of flood advice - Severe Flood Warning, Flood Warning and Flood Alert. A flood warning means that flooding is expected and immediate action is required.

Flooding has already wreaked havoc across the region, causing the closure of roads and a hospital.

Emergency cases at Worthing Hospital in West Sussex were diverted to neighbouring Brighton and Chichester for several hours overnight because of the deluge.

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