In the middle of a hosepipe ban... and Boston is at risk of flash flooding, the Environment Agency warns. But there is an app for that!

The tide is high... but will we be holding back the floods?
The tide is high... but will we be holding back the floods?

BOSTON and its surrounding villages could be at risk of flash flooding, it has been claimed.

Despite area technically being in a state of drought - including the issuing a hosepipe ban - we are not safe.

In fact, the Environment Agency - which issued the warning - say the current dry spell has heightened the risk of flash flooding.

Dry, compacted soils mean that water is less easily absorbed into the ground, and so any future storms could lead to a greater risk of flooding.

Craig Woolhouse, Environment Agency head of flood incident management, said: “As the drought in England continues, the thought of flooding may be far from people’s minds, but we cannot ignore the risk.

“Dry and compacted ground means that there is a greater risk of flash flooding if there is heavy rainfall, and stormy seas and high tides can produce floods at any time.”

However, to help you combat the risk, the EA have launched a new app.

FloodAlerts is a free to use application.

The Facebook app uses live flood warning data from the Environment Agency.

It is the first service of this type and allows users to receive messages on their wall when a flood alert, warning or severe flood warning has been issued for river and coastal flooding in their location.

The UK has seen extremes such as heat waves, record high temperatures and heavy precipitation in recent years and both droughts and deluges are to increase according to a report recently published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The report suggests the world is likely to experience both longer and more severe droughts in some regions - and heavier and more damaging rainfall in others.

With one in six properties in England and Wales at flood risk, the Environment Agency is urging people to sign up to its free flood warning service.

Facebook users can search for the free application by entering ‘FloodAlerts’ into the Facebook search facility.