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1:04pm 7th December 2017

People In Buckinghamshire may be getting a text message from the Environment Agency this week to let them know they have been automatically registered for free flood warnings.

People on the O2 network who live in areas at high risk of flooding across the county will receive an automated text message informing them that they have been signed up, with a link to let them know what they should do if they receive a flood warning, and the option to opt out.

Once registered, people will receive a message directly to their mobile if a flood warning is issued for their area in the future - giving them vital time to prepare.

Gordon Wilson, Area flood risk manager at the Environment Agency said:

"Being registered for flood warnings can give people advance notice of flooding and some crucial time to prepare. If you get the text, it is because you live in an area at risk of flooding, so we would urge people to stay registered to the service and learn what to do if you receive a warning by viewing a free flood guide at https://floodsdestroy.campaign.gov.uk/."

Areas signed up for alerts in Buckinghamshire

Groundwater Alerts

  • Groundwater flooding in the High Wycombe area

River Alerts

  • Bear Brook and tributaries in the Aylesbury area, including  Wendover and Weston Turville
  • River Ray and its tributaries from Shipton Lee to and including Islip
  • River Thame and Chalgrove Brook
  • River Thames for Henley, Remenham, Medmenham and its tributaries
  • River Thames from Hurley to Cookham
  • River Wye and The Hughenden Stream

River Warnings

  • Bear Brook and tributaries at Wendover and Weston Turville
  • Bear Brook and tributaries, from Broughton to Haydon Mill Farm in Coldharbour, Aylesbury
  • Bear Brook and tributaries, from Walton Court in the Ellen Road area down to St Marys School
  • Hughenden Stream from Hughenden Park to the confluence with The River Wye
  • Properties closest to the River Thames from All Saints Church, Bisham to Little Marlow
  • River Ray from the Heath Bridge area to and including the Otmoor Basin
  • River Thame from Long Marston to Eythrope
  • River Thame from below Eythrope to Chiselhampton
  • River Thames at Bisham village and Marlow town
  • River Thames at Bourne End
  • River Thames at Cookham
  • River Thames at Hurley and Harleyford
  • River Thames for Henley, Remenham, and Medmenham
  • River Wye from West Wycombe down to Bourne End

Throughout December the Environment Agency will be registering around 375,000 people across England on the O2 mobile network to its flood warning service. It has been automatically adding those who live in high flood risk areas to the flood warning service since 2010, beginning with BT landlines and then moving to provide warnings to mobile phones in 2014, with the EE network.

The agency plans to add a customers on Vodafone and the Three network in due course.

Customers who are not on the O2 network can still receive free flood warnings - find out more here.

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