Britons who live in areas they feel may be prone to flooding could benefit from trading in their mobiles and investing in an Apple iPhone.
That is because the Environment Agency has launched an app for the model that offers warnings on potential weather hazards, such as excessive rainfall.
Using brand new technology, the tool will endeavour to predict areas of danger and notify users in plenty of time.
Craig Woolhouse, head of flood incident management at the Environment Agency, said one-in-six properties in the country is at risk from flooding.
"This new app is part of our growing use of technology to help better prepare communities and businesses for the devastating impacts of floods," he added.
Flood Alert will offer live updates on water levels and potential danger for both the location a mobile is in at any time plus up to two pre-set points.
Scottish and Southern Energy recently launched its own app for the Apple model, including the facilities for consumers to pay bills and submit meter readings.
Posted by Claire Marshall