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Met Office and Environment Agency in heavy rain alert

Tesco car park at Horley
Image caption The car park at a Tesco supermarket in Horley was under water after downpours earlier this week

Further heavy rain has been forecast across the South East as residents clear up after deluges this week.

The Environment Agency said up to 20mm of rain could fall across the region from Friday and into the weekend.

A weather warning issued by the Met Office said ground remained saturated after recent heavy rain and further downpours could lead to surface water issues and localised flooding.

The weather warning is in place for Friday from midday.

On Thursday, one flood warning and eight flood alerts were in place across the region, but the Environment Agency said more could be added in the event of significant rainfall.

Environment Agency crews have been closing flood gates, operating flood storage areas, removing debris from known hotspots, as well as warning the public about the possibility of flooding.

South East flood and coastal risk manager Peter Quarmby said: "Latest forecasts indicate that heavy rainfall is again expected to cross the South East on Friday and into the weekend. We urge everyone to remain vigilant."

Earlier this week, parts of Horley were hit by flooding and two flood warnings were issued for the River Mole.

As a precaution, Mole Valley council delivered sandbags to residents living near the river.

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