Residents being added to flood warning systems in Yorkshire
People in Leeds are being automatically signed up to receive flood alerts by a mobile phone network.
The text messages are being sent to customers on the O2 network and who live in high risk flood areas by the Environment Agency this week to let them know they have been automatically registered for free flood warnings.
They will get a link to let them know what they should do if they receive a flood warning, and the option to opt out.
Once registered, people will receive a message directly to their mobile if a flood warning is issued for their area in the future – giving them vital time to prepare.
An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “Being registered for flood warnings can give people advance notice of flooding and some crucial time to prepare.
“If you get the text, it is because you live in an area at risk of flooding, so we would urge people to stay registered to the service and learn what to do if you receive a warning by viewing a free flood guide atwww.floodsdestroy.campaign.gov.uk.”
Throughout this month the Environment Agency will be registering around 375,000 people across England on the O2 mobile network to its flood warning service.
It has been automatically adding those who live in high flood risk areas to the flood warning service since 2010, beginning with BT landlines and then moving to provide warnings to mobile phones in 2014, with the EE network.
The agency plans to add a customers on Vodafone and the Three network in due course.