Flood alerts are now force for a number of rivers in Staffordshire has heavy rain and thunderstorms are forecast.
This evening – Tuesday June 16 – the Environment Agency have issued flood alerts for a number of rivers in the county including the River Trent in Stoke-on-Trent and the Rivers Sow and Penk in Stafford Borough.
There is also ‘major disruption’ on the railways in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire this evening due to separate landslips and flooding.
A total of 13 flood alerts are currently in force in England – all of them in the Midlands.
Flood alerts mean ‘flooding is possible – be prepared’, with the Environment Agency saying they had been issued as a precautionary measure at this stage.
The alerts both state: “This flood alert has been issued as a precaution as heavy rain and thunderstorms have been forecast for this area tonight, 16/06/20.
“There is uncertainty however, over the amount of rainfall expected and the exact location of these thunderstorms.
“River and surface water flooding may affect these areas. We urge you to remain vigilant and avoid walking and driving through flood water. We are continuing to actively monitor the situation and will issue updates, and further flood alerts and warnings if necessary.”
Cheshire Police are urging motorists to take extra care on the roads this evening for those travelling in that area.
A police spokesman said: “Be careful if you’re out and about this evening, thunderstorms are likely to affect road conditions across Cheshire. You can keep yourself and others safe by slowing down, keeping a greater distance between yourself & the vehicle in front, using headlights as visibility drops.”
Met Office Chief Meteorologist Neil Armstrong said, “Although some places will miss these heavy showers and thunderstorms, where they do occur they’ll be quite lively bringing torrential downpours with 25 to 35mm rain falling in an hour and a few places seeing perhaps 40 to 50mm rain in a couple of hours.
“With this heavy rain falling in a short time we could see some disruption to transport or damage to properties due to localised flooding, as well as the chance of lightning and hail.”
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Flood Alerts and Warnings explained:
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 are fairly uncommon in Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire while Severe Flood Warnings are exceptionally rare in the area.