Heavy rain eases water worries

Flood water in the Midlands after heavy April rain
Flooded road in the Midlands Photo: ITV Central News

The Environment Agency has lifted drought status in 19 areas of the UK, including the Midlands.

It comes after the wettest April since records began and persistent rain during May.

Areas affected are: Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Warwickshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire.

But eastern and south-east England remain in drought because groundwater levels are low.