19 October 1999
Flood warnings automated

AN AUTOMATIC voice messaging system is at the heart of efforts by the Environment Agency (EA) to minimise flood damage.

The system sends out up to 1000 warnings an hour to farmers, landowners, householders and emergency services when floods are predicted.

Farmers are often at risk from flooding. Last year a Herefordshire farmer died trying to rescue livestock from rising waters.

David Price, who farms near the River Wye, Herefordshire, and suffered five-foot floods on three occasions in the past year, had praise for the EA warning system.

Speaking on Radio 4s Farming Today he said: “The Environment Agency work very hard, and its coming together more than ever in the past.

“Theyre getting as near as you could be to doing a perfect job.”

This week is Flood Awareness Week.