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Sirens Will Sound On Portland

weymouth and portland

10:23am 5th September 2013

Sirens will sound on Chiswell on Portland next week.

The Environment Agency will be testing their flood warning alert system on Tuesday.

Chiswell is vulnerable to rapid flooding during westerly gales and the sirens are another way of alerting residents.

Three hi-tech sirens are used to alert local residents when there is risk of flooding. More than 90% of villagers are already signed up to the Agency's Flood Warning Direct service that alerts people by phone, text or email when their community is threatened by flooding.

'If you look straight out to sea from Chiswell the first landfall is Brazil. This tremendous distance means huge swells can develop in the open ocean causing a massive increase in wave height and power during storms. That is why it is so important to have an effective flood warning and defence system in Chiswell,' said Nick Reed for the Environment Agency.

The tests on Tuesday are to make sure the system is working properly and to make people familiar with the noise.

They'll happen at 11am, 3pm and 6pm.

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