Flood alert remains in force as further heavy rain forecast



A flood alert remains in force for Stafford and surrounding areas – with heavy rain forecast tonight.

The Environment Agency has an alert in force the Rivers Sow and Penk.

As of 9.11pm this evening – Saturday February 22 – it states:  “River levels remain high at the Milford river gauge as a result of the recent heavy rainfall. Consequently, the risk of flooding still remains.

“Flooding is still affecting low-lying land and roads adjacent to the River Sow between Great Bridgeford and Shugborough, the River Penk between Coven and Stafford, the Sandyford Brook, the Rising Brook, the Ridings Brook and the Saredon Brook.

“Further heavy rainfall is forecast over the next 12 hours. We expect river levels to begin rising again tomorrow morning.

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

“Please avoid using low lying footpaths and bridges near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded.”

Stafford has been hit repeatedly by flooding in recent months,

including last weekend during Storm Dennis.

The latest Met Office hour-by-hour forecast for the county town, which is subject to change, shows rain expected over Stafford from around 1am on Sunday.





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