River Mole rises and warnings issued as rain and gales sweep through Surrey

This Is Local London: The River Mole passes through Leatherhead The River Mole passes through Leatherhead

The level of the River Mole is rising again as gale force winds and heavy rain sweep through Surrey today.

Leatherhead has been repeatedly battered by floods since Christmas Eve but attention has now shifted to the huge relief effort along the Thames.

A flood alert for the River Mole said: "River levels in the Middle Mole have risen in response to rainfall yesterday.

"Some out of bank flooding and standing water may be experienced this morning, but no property flooding is expected at present.

"The forecast is for heavy rain to fall throughout the day today, with some high accumulations in some areas which are likely to cause levels to rise further."

At 10.45am today the river level in Leatherhead stood at 2.12m – within the typical river level range for this location.

The Met Office has issued an amber wind warning calling on residents in Surrey to be prepared for a swathe of gales which may be severe in places.

It said: "A first peak in the winds is likely over southern and southwest England around the middle of Wednesday but with the main swathe of even stronger and potentially damaging winds crossing parts of Wales then northern England later in the day.

"The public should be prepared for the risk of disruption to transport and possibly also power supplies."

It issued a 'yellow warning' and added: "A further spell of widespread rain, heavy in places, is likely to spread northeastwards across much of the UK on Wednesday clearing eastwards from southern areas on Wednesday evening. 

"Following earlier heavy rainfall, the public should be aware of the potential for further flooding in places."

And a yellow rain warning for Friday said: "After a brighter interlude on Thursday, with some wintry showers, further spells of persistent and heavy rain are expected to spread northeastwards during Friday afternoon and evening, affecting many parts of England and Wales.

"The rain will clear away to the east during Saturday morning.

"Following repeated heavy rainfall events earlier in the week, the public should be aware of the potential for further flooding in places."

For more information call Floodline on 0845 988 1188, select option 1 and enter Quickdial number 173490.

Have you been affected by the wind and rain today? 

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9:32am Thu 13 Feb 14

Ian_SE says...

On 3 February 2014, you ran a story that mentioned the Floodline phone number had changed to 0345 988 1188 which is a cheaper call for almost everyone.

Over the following days you have reverted to quoting the old 0845 number again.

Continue to call the 0845 number only if you are on "BT Weekend" or "BT Evening and Weekend" (or a landline provider that copies those BT prices) and you are making a call during a weekday and you therefore have to pay for it, or you are on "Vodafone pay as you go".

Almost everyone else should call the brand new 0345 number and this applies whether using a landline or a mobile.

All callers with an inclusive call plan on their landline or mobile will find that calls to 0345 numbers are inclusive within their calls allowance.

Mobile users on pay as you go pay less for 0345 calls than for 0845 calls (except for those on Vodafone, which charges 0845 calls at a discounted rate).
On 3 February 2014, you ran a story that mentioned the Floodline phone number had changed to 0345 988 1188 which is a cheaper call for almost everyone. Over the following days you have reverted to quoting the old 0845 number again. Continue to call the 0845 number only if you are on "BT Weekend" or "BT Evening and Weekend" (or a landline provider that copies those BT prices) and you are making a call during a weekday and you therefore have to pay for it, or you are on "Vodafone pay as you go". Almost everyone else should call the brand new 0345 number and this applies whether using a landline or a mobile. All callers with an inclusive call plan on their landline or mobile will find that calls to 0345 numbers are inclusive within their calls allowance. Mobile users on pay as you go pay less for 0345 calls than for 0845 calls (except for those on Vodafone, which charges 0845 calls at a discounted rate). Ian_SE

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