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More flood warnings and alerts for the Midlands

A total of 23 flood warnings and 33 alerts are in force across the Midlands today as heavy rain falls on saturated ground.

The Environment Agency has warned that flooding is likely along the Rivers Severn, Avon, Anker and Leam.

A total of 23 flood warnings and 33 alerts are in force for the region
A total of 23 flood warnings and 33 alerts are in force for the region Credit: Environment Agency

Drivers are warned to take extra care on the roads as puddles may be deeper than they appear.

More than 50 flood warnings & alerts still in place

The number of flood warnings for the Midlands Credit: ITV Central News

The Environment Agency has updated the number of flood warnings and alerts it has in place for the Midlands.

There are currently 22 Flood Warnings, where flooding is expected and immediate action is required, and there are 34 areas with Flood Alerts, where flooding is possible and those living nearby need to be prepared.

Many smaller rivers and fords have burst their banks across the region, after further heavy rain overnight.

Drivers are being warned against driving through any standing water, as it is impossible to know how deep it is and there is a risk you could be swept away.

Earlier today one motorist who failed to heed the warnings, had to be rescued from a flooded ford in Kenilworth in Warwickshire.

For the latest updates and advice click here for The Environment Agency Website.


Read: Motorist rescued from flooded ford in Kenilworth

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Severn Trent workload increased thanks to blocked sewers

Mike Surrey, from Severn Trent, says the water company has seen 30% more calls recently, than they normally would, due to the wet weather increasing water levels, and becoming trapped in blocked sewers.

He added that the places hit worst by these problems have been Leicestershire and Warwickshire, and their challenge is to reduce the amount of calls being received.

30% more work for Severn Trent due to storms

Severn Trent water have confirmed they have had to undertake 30% more incident than normal recently, thanks to the stormy weather causing flooding across the region.

The company says they are working hard to deal with the extra work, which includes sewer flooding, with more staff in call centres and more teams out and about.

Read more: Environment Agency on site in Worcestershire to prevent houses flooding

Flooding in Tewkesbury Credit: ITV News Central

A spokesman for Severn Trent, James Jesic, has given advice to customers who are experiencing flooding:

"If you have flooding at your home, check to see if it is just rainwater or if it is sewage that has come from an overflowing sewer, possibly through a manhole cover in your garden or outside your property."

"If it is just rainwater, the flooding should subside when it stops raining, although it can take up to four hours for water to drain away, so be patient."

"Where sewage is escaping this is obviously a priority for us, so please call us and we will get a team out to help as quickly as possible."

If you are concerned about flooding from drains and gullies in the road, you should call the local council as they are responsible for road drainage, but again, we generally find that the flooding will go away when it stops raining."

"If the flooding is coming from a river or stream, get in touch with the Environment Agency, as they have responsibility here."

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