Flood alert issued for Staffordshire Moorlands as Storm Bella set to hit



Families in the Staffordshire Moorlands are being told there could be floods as Storm Bella is set to batter the area.

The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert – the bottom level of flood warning – for the River Churnet and River Tean area.

It comes as there are a number of weather warnings in place across England as Storm Bella is due to sweep across the nation.

The Environment Agency says there could be flooding of farmland and roads around the Leek river gauge over the next 24 hours.

A spokesman said: “Flooding is likely to 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.

“Our incident response staff are actively checking river levels and the weather forecast.

“Please avoid using low lying footpaths and bridges near local watercourses.

“Plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded.”

Families in Blackshaw Moor are currently subject to two weather warnings, a yellow for rain and another for wind, both lasting until tomorrow afternoon.

The newer rain warning says: “A spell of heavy rain will accompany the very strong southwesterly winds later on Saturday and early Sunday.

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“Around 15-25 mm is likely to fall widely across this area with the potential for 40-60 mm over some hills, much of this within six hours.

“Recent wet weather and saturated ground makes this area more sensitive than usual to further heavy rainfall, especially across parts of Wales.”





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