Flood alert issued for North Staffordshire rivers as Storm Francis hits region

A flood alert has been issued for two rivers in the Staffordshire Moorlands as Storm Francis hits the region.

Strong winds and rain are expected across Stoke-on-Trent and surrounding areas of North Staffordshire and South Cheshire over the next 24 hours.

The Environment Agency have issued the alert for the Rivers Churnet and Tean.

The Flood Alert states:  “Flooding of roads and farmland is expected to begin from 08:00am, Tuesday 25/08/20. Flooding may affect low-lying land and roads adjacent to the River Churnet between Leek and Rocester and the River Tean between Adderley and Spath including Cecilly Brook at Cheadle.

“We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are actively checking river levels and the weather forecast. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and avoid using low lying footpaths and bridges near local watercourses.

“Stay aware in case further warnings are issued.”

A Met Office weather warning for strong winds is in force across most of England and Wales from 9am this morning until 9am tomorrow.

The warning states: “Storm Francis will bring some very strong winds leading to disruption to travel and power supplies along with potential damage to trees.

“A spell of very strong winds is likely to develop across the southwest of England and Wales later on Tuesday morning, before spreading east across other parts of England and Wales during the afternoon and evening, clearing into the North Sea on Wednesday morning.

“Gusts are likely to reach 55-60 mph for quite a few places, with exposed coasts and hills seeing gusts of around 70 mph. Whilst not exceptional, winds this strong are unusual for August and they will be accompanied by some heavy rain in places, with possible transport disruption and impacts on outdoor activities.”

Police in the North West, including Cheshire, are urging people to take extra care on the roads.

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A North West Motorway Police spokesman said:  “The weather has deteriorated over the region. Plenty of rain and I believe the wind is expected to increase during the next few hours, so please take care if you are out and about on the roads.”

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