Persistent rain in Staffordshire continues to pose risk of flash flooding
PERSITENT rain has hit many parts of Staffordshire for the second day running.
The Met Office yesterday issued an amber weather warning amid concerns that 80mm (three inches) of rain was due to fall in 48 hours.
Yesterday, ambulance crews and firefighters had to rescue a man who had become trapped in his car after flooding near the River Churnet in Oakamoor.
Roads around Stoke-on-Trent, including the A500, Selworthy Road in Norton and Highland Drive in Lightwood, have been affected by flooding and authorities have warned drivers to be prepared for heavy surface spray elsewhere.
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Yesterday, downpours also caused havoc on the region’s rail networks.
East Midland Trains had to provide alternative transport for passengers after the company was forced to suspend services between Derby, Stoke-on-Trent and Crewe because of flooding in the Uttoxeter area.
Virgin Trains and Arriva Trains Wales were also forced to suspend operations around Crewe, due to flooding near the station.
Most of the routes have now been reopened, although commuters have been warned of possible delays and the Environment Agency has continued to issue warnings for low lying areas in the county, particularly land next to the River Tame near Tamworth.
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