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article imageUK uses 'real-time' flood mapping

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By Tim Sandle     Jul 7, 2012 in Travel
Heavy rain continues to fall across the UK. To help people concerned about flooding, a new interactive map service has been launched.
The UK has been exposed to many weeks of heavy rain, with June being the 'wettest' month since records began in 1910. The UK averaged 5.7 inches of rain, as the result of continued, prolonged rainfall mixed with very heavy showers.
The rainfall has led to many instances of flooding, resulting in considerable damage to homes and businesses, in towns and villages located close to rivers.
With no immediate end to the rain in sight, a UK company called Shoothill have created an application called FloodAlerts. The map uses data supplied by the UK Environment Agency.
According to Sky News, the map provides real-time updates on areas at risk and allows users to review any point of a map of England and Wales to see flood alert and flood warning statuses. The map is updated every fifteen minutes. The maps not indicate areas of flooding but also predict areas likely to be subject to future floods.
Shoothill say of their website "FloodAlerts is the first graphical representation of the flood warning data which provides localized updates every 15 minutes, keeping users informed about the potential flood risks in their area.
When a flood alert is issued by the Environmental Agency, affecting the users monitored location; they will receive a notification on Facebook and to their registered Facebook email address. This alert will give users a direct link to the relevant flood warning (s) on the map, giving users a chance to assess the situation as it develops."
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