Emergency services have conducted an ‘extensive search’ after receiving reports a person had fallen into the River Trent.
Police, firefighters and paramedics descended on the A51 Rugeley Bypass after a passing motorist reported seeing someone fall into the water from a bridge.
But despite searching for several hours and getting support from the police air service, the operation was called off after no-one was found.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman confirmed there was no sign of anyone in distress, but issued an appeal for others who may have seen something to get in touch.
He said: “We received a report at 5.51pm this evening from a motorist who had seen someone on a bridge over the River Trent on the A51 on the outskirts of Rugeley.
“Said person was then seen to fall into the River Trent, which like elsewhere in the country is still in flood.
“We launched the appropriate response, involving our colleagues from the fire and ambulance services, as well as assistance from air support, and carried out an extensive search of the area.
“We discovered no signs of anyone and no signs of anyone in distress. The search was called off as a result.
“But should anyone else have seen something, please contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 592 of March 5.”