FLOOD warnings from the Environment Agency could be coming through to residents via text message.

People who live in Warrington may get a text message from the Environment Agency this week to let them know they have been automatically registered for free flood warnings.

Residents on the Three mobile network who live in areas at high risk of flooding will receive an automated text message informing them that they have been signed up, with 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.

Christian Wilcox, area flood risk manager at the Environment Agency said: “This new service in partnership with Three is a great example of how we are making more data and technology available to help people plan and prepare for potential floods.

“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 at: www.flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/what-to-do-in-a-flood.”

People who are not on the Three network can still receive free flood warnings by visiting: www.flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/plan-ahead-for-flooding.