Flood Warning for Fetcham and Leatherhead

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A flood warning - advising immediate action - remains in force for the Fetcham and Leatherhead section of the River Mole. The warning follows several days of heavy rain and the forecast of more to come this weekend.

Emergency flood barriers have been put in place by the Environment Agency close to Leatherhead bridge and the Running Horse pub.

This is the full text of the latest message on the Flood Information Service website:

"River levels remain high, but are beginning to fall. Consequently, the risk of flooding remains. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours and we expect river levels to rise in response to this through the early hours of Sunday morning, 22/12/2019. Our incident response staff are operating our defences and structures and actively monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated in 8 hours, or as the situation changes."

The area at risk of flooding according to the Flood Information Service website

Dozens of properties in the Cannon Grove area of Fetcham were flooded on Christmas Eve in 2013. Since then, the Environment Agency has examined the possibility of a flood alleviation scheme, but earlier this year it was decided that no scheme was technically or financially viable. Instead residents have been offered Property Level Resilience surveys, and currently many householders are awaiting recommendations.

The Leatherhead and Fetcham Flood Action Group website has more advice and information for residents.

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