Flood sirens will be heard across Northampton next week when the Environment Agency conduct their routine test.
People should not be alarmed when they hear the sirens between 10am and noon on Wednesday October 30, the Environment Agency said.
The sirens, located in St James and Far Cotton, will be sounded separately and intermittently to make sure they will work properly during river flooding.
The Nene flooded badly in Easter of 1998, when two people died, and flood sirens were put in place afterwards as a contingency measure.
Claire Rose, Flood Resilience Team Leader, said: “The sirens are used to warn people in Northampton about flooding from the River Nene.
“We test them every year to make sure they are working effectively.
“We apologise for any disturbance but hope people understand that we need to be sure the sirens will work in an emergency.”
If the sirens are heard at any other time, people should ring Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for the situation and tune into local radio.
Claire said: “We would encourage everyone living in Northampton to check whether they live somewhere that is at risk of flooding.
“If they are, they can register for our Floodline Warnings Direct service for free flood warnings that can be sent directly to them by phone, mobile, email or text. These messages will tell people what is happening, give them advice about what to do, and keep them right up to date with the latest situation.”
Northampton residents can check the flood risk where they live by logging onto www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood or call the 24-hour Floodline Warnings Direct service on 0845 988 1188.
For more information on how to prepare for flooding, or any other emergency, go to www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/emergencies.