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Three flood alerts in place across the East Midlands

A number of waterways could flood in the East Midlands today. Credit: PA

Torrential rain overnight has sparked three flood alerts across the region. A flood alert means flooding is possible and to be prepared.

They're in place in Loughborough, Heanor and tributeries of the River Trent around Lowdham in Nottinghamshire.

Live flood alert map from the Environment Agency. Credit: Environment Agency

Five flood alerts in place across the West Midlands

Torrential rain has swelled rivers across the region overnight. Credit: PA

The Environment Agency have five flood alerts in place across the Midlands. A flood alert means flooding is possible and to be prepared. The warnings are in place for the following water courses:

  • River Cole
  • Upper Tame
  • Middle Tame
  • River Sow and River Penk
  • River Stour and Smestow Brook in the Black Country and South Staffordshire 


The Midlands prepares to face downpours and flooding

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning across the Midlands and other parts of the UK.

Floods by Sandwell and Dudley railway station last week Credit: ITV News Central

A week on from scenes of flooding across the Midlands, the region is set to experience downpours again today. Urban areas will be most at risk of flooding, with 15mm to 25mm of rainfall expected within the space of an hour.

Flooding in Wolverhampton last week Credit: Sonia Midda
Floods on Moseley Road last week Credit: Leanne Bowdler

The Met Office has warned:

"Some locations will miss these but there where they do occur, please be aware of possible localised flooding and disruption to travel. Lightening could be an additional hazard."

The bad weather is expected to continue on Wednesday, motorists are being warned to be aware of flooding on the roads.

Fire service urging people not to travel due to flooding

Floods by Sandwell and Dudley railway station Credit: ITV News Central

West Midlands Fire Service is urging people not to travel and only to call 999 in a genuine emergency, after torrential downpours across the West Midlands this afternoon.

They are currently dealing with more than 20 weather-related incidents, many involving people trapped in cars, mainly in Birmingham and the Black Country.

Staffordshire and West Midlands Fire Control is receiving high volumes of calls, and people are urged only to call 999 for the time being if life or property are at risk.


Ladder used in rescue attempt after van stuck in floods

Footage has emerged of people trying to retrieve equipment from their work van, which was caught up in flood waters.

It happened in Green Road in the Hall Green area of Birmingham this morning, following heavy overnight rain.

The footage, filmed by onlooker Mick McKinney, shows four men on dry land extending a ladder out onto the roof of the van.

The van driver had tried to reverse when he realised the extent of the flooding but was pulled back in by the water. A second employee was sent to pick him up and they returned to the company’s base before going back to the van to retrieve equipment left inside.

Several roads closed in Worcestershire due to flooding

Road closures are in place after flooding in various parts of Worcestershire.

Latest updates say there are now six flood warnings and 28 flood alerts in the Midlands.

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