The Environment Agency have this evening – Saturday February 22 – issued flood alerts for rivers in the Staffordshire Moorlands as heavy rain is expected overnight.
An alert is now in force for the Rivers Churnet and Tean, with a second in force for the Upper Dove.
The alert for the Churnet and Tean, issued shortly after 4.20pm today, states: “River levels are forecast to rise at the Leek river gauge as a result of expected heavy rainfall overnight.
“Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible overnight and into tomorrow morning, Sunday February 23.
“We are issuing this flood alert as a precautionary measure. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 12 hours. 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 contact with flood water. This message will be updated tomorrow morning 23/02/2020 or as the situation changes.”
A second flood alert is also in force for the Upper Dove, including areas of the Moorlands.
The latest hour-by-hour Met Office weather forecast for Leek, which is subject to change, is forecasting heavy rain from around 1am, with the downpour set to continue for much of the morning.
Last weekend saw flooding across areas of the Moorlands as rivers burst their banks during Storm Dennis.
The Churnet burst its banks in a number of areas – including Westwood Golf Course and in Cheddleton.