Flood alerts remain in force for a number of Staffordshire rivers.
The Environment Agency currently have the alerts in force for the Rivers Churnet and Tean in the Staffordshire Moorlands and Sow and Penk in Stafford Borough.
The alert for the Churnet and Tean states: “River levels are high but steady at the Leek river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, the risk of flooding remains. Flooding is affecting 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. Further rainfall is forecast over the next two days.”
The one for the Sow and Penk says: “River levels are high but steady at the Milford river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, the risk of flooding remains. Flooding is 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 rainfall is forecast over the next two days. River levels are falling, but still pose a flood risk.”
The latest Met Office weather forecast for the West Midlands, including Staffordshire, states: “Some persistent rain in the north will turn heavy for a time during the middle of the day, whilst southern parts will have some sunny spells with thunderstorms in places. Breezy with the odd sunny spell and rather cool.
“Rain clearing to the southeast through the evening followed by a mostly cool and dry night with occasional clear spells. Winds easing down.”
However, things are due to become more settled over the Bank Holiday weekend
Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Frank Saunders, said: “We’ve seen a real mix of weather this August – with a heatwave earlier this month and in the last week we’ve had two named storms bringing very wet and windy weather across the country.
“With high pressure on the way this weekend we’re going to end the month with much more settled weather, with plenty of late summer sunshine for many. It’ll be a dry weekend for most areas too, though eastern areas can expect a few heavy showers on Saturday.”
Frank continued: “It’ll feel quite cool despite the sunshine, as northerly winds bring below average temperatures for the time of year with highs of around 16 to 18 Celsius.
The Environment Agency issues three levels of flood alert and warning.
Flood Alerts: The most common and least severe, these mean flooding is possible and to be prepared.
Flood Warnings: A step up from an alert, a Flood Warning means flooding is expected and immediate action is required.
Severe Flood Warnings: The most serious. These mean there is severe flooding and a danger to live.
Both Flood Warnings and Severe Flood Warnings are exceptionally rare in Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.