Flood alerts in place as water levels rise on River Blithe and River Tean
FLOOD warnings were put in place for two rivers and three brooks by the Environment Agency which was working around the clock to monitor water levels.
The River Blithe and River Tean were being checked by officers as showers were forecast for Saturday and Sunday. Yesterday afternoon, the level of the River Tean in Tean was 1.47 metres. Over six hours, 27 millimetres of rain fell.
Picknall Brook, in Uttoxeter, Marchington Brook and Foston Brook were also subject to flood warnings.
A total of 38 flood alerts, warning that flooding is possible, were in place for the Midlands at 6.30pm yesterday. Areas covered included Darlaston to Great Haywood, Norton Green and the roads between Leek and Rocester.
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A spokesman said: "We have mobilised teams to check and clear any river blockages and closely monitor river levels. We are working with local partners, including local authorities and water companies, to ensure that surface water flooding is minimised where possible."
The Met office has issued several severe weather warnings for the region.
Sarah Holland, Met office representative said: "Between 20 and 40 millimetres of rain fell across North Staffordshire yesterday."
The wash-out summer seems set to continue as the forecast for the coming days sees only a minor improvement.