Information on river levels at push of button
In periods of heavy rain, when localised flooding becomes a possibility, local residents can now check river levels online.
The Environment Agency website gives regularly updated information on levels of the Ancholme and Rase and whether the levels are normal or higher.
The website also alerts residents to flood warnings.
“We publish it online because we recognise that this information may also be useful for others, but we cannot guarantee its availability,” said a spokesman for the Environment Agency.
“There may be occasions when data will not have been collected from a gauging station, therefore results will not appear until the next data collection.”
Full details are available by logging on to the website at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/riverlevels/
River level data is gathered by the Environment Agency to help it fulfil its statutory duties and the river levels displayed are only an indication of local conditions.
Locally, the data is collected from five monitoring points along the waterway - South Ferriby, Brigg, Brandy Wharf, Bishopbridge and Market Rasen.
Where the site states `Flooding is Possible,` it is an indication of when river levels are high, but does not replace the flood warning service.
Residents can visit the Flood Warning pages to check for warnings in force.
`Typical range` gives an indication of the usual range of water levels throughout the year.
The website is also a useful source of information if you are unlucky enough to be living in a flood risk area.
There is advice on ways to plan for expected flooding, what to do when flooding actually happens at your home or local area and travel advice, when your journey is vital in flooding situations.
But the site is not just there to give information in an emergency situation.
The information will be available throughout the year and so will also be useful to those who want to navigate along the rivers.
And of course it will also prove invaluable to other leisure river users, such as fishermen.
Local people are also being encouraged to check the website for the latest information on water resources in their area.
This will help identify times when restrictions are in place.
This information will be especially useful to keep up to date with every changing regulations and restrictions, in particular to provide details in times of drought - such as happened in early 2012.
The agency is interested in hearing about how local people use the site and any ideas they have which could improve it.
Let them know what you think about the website by emailing email@example.com
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Weather for Market Rasen
Thursday 23 May 2013
Temperature: 6 C to 10 C
Wind Speed: 20 mph
Wind direction: North west
Temperature: 6 C to 10 C
Wind Speed: 26 mph
Wind direction: North east