Prepare for flooding, weather experts warn

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THE Environment Agency is advising residents 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 – including Derbyshire – from early morning on Friday.

A spokesman said: “This rain will fall on already saturated ground and could cause flooding from rivers.

“In areas of heavy downpours surface water flooding is likely as drains are unable to cope.”

The spokesman added there are likely to be widespread flood alerts and may be flood warnings.

Environment Agency teams have been working round-the-clock with other emergency responders, checking flood defences, clearing blockages and monitoring river levels.

Members of the public are advised to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive through flood water.

Residents can check the Environment Agency website and Twitter feed for the latest updates and flood warnings and keep up to date with Met Office weather warnings.

People who live or work in areas at risk of flooding can sign up to Floodline Warnings Direct on 0845 988 1188 or at www.environment-agency.gov.uk.