FLOOD warnings have been issued by the Environment Agency as heavy thunderstorms are forecast to affect the East of England on from Friday (July 13) evening and into Saturday.

The agency warned that intense showers falling on already saturated ground could lead to surface water flooding and possible river flooding from fast responding rivers, particularly across parts of the Midlands and East Anglia.

The Met Office warns that many areas were expected to see between 20 and 30 mm of rain, but some parts could see up to 60mm (almost a month's worth of rain) in just a few hours.

Toby Willison, Environment Agency Anglian regional director, said: "Although we have seen surface water flooding in this region and difficult conditions for some people, we haven't so far been as badly affected as other parts of the country. But with this changeable weather we need to ensure we're prepared for sudden flooding and know what to do if it hits us.

"The combination of saturated ground, high river levels and further forecasts of torrential rain mean people must remain vigilant. The public should check local weather forecasts, and the Environment Agency website for information on a regular basis as flooding can happen very quickly."

Environment Agency teams have been mobilised across the region to check on flood defences, clear any river blockages and closely monitor river levels.

The teams have been working around the clock to reduce the risk of flooding, and will be out again over the coming days, the EA said.

People are urged not to walk or drive through flood waters, which can be dirty, dangerous and full of hidden debris.

INFORMATION: The Environment Agency updates its flood guidance every 15 minutes on its website www.environment-agency.gov.uk