The Environment Agency is advising people across the Midlands to remain vigilant and prepared for flooding after the Met Office issued a warning of heavy rain tonight into tomorrow. The warning relates to much of the Midlands, but particularly over Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, West Midlands and Warwickshire on Friday from early morning.
This rain will fall on already saturated ground and could cause flooding from rivers. Where we get heavy downpours we may also see surface water flooding, as the water is not able to go down the drains quickly enough.
We are likely to see widespread flood alerts and there may be flood warnings (meaning that flooding is expected). Environment Agency teams have been working round the clock, with other emergency responders, checking flood defences, clearing blockages and monitoring river levels. We would advise the public to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive through floodwater
The Environment Agency urged the public to remain vigilant and check its website and Twitter feed for the latest updates and flood warnings and to keep up to date with met office weather warnings. People who live or work in areas at risk of flooding should sign up to Floodline Warnings Direct on 0845 988 1188 or through our website.