Stoke & Staffordshire

Man rescued from car as Staffordshire hit by floods

A man had to be rescued from his car after it got stuck in "waist-deep" water following heavy rainfall in Staffordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said the man was rescued by firefighters at about 16:00 BST near the River Churnet in Oakamoor and taken to hospital.

The Environment Agency (EA) issued flood warnings for several rivers.

Rail services across parts of Staffordshire and Cheshire were also disrupted.

An ambulance service spokesman said: "On arrival, crews found the small car in the river, though it was not clear how it had got into the water.

"Thankfully it had been stopped just prior to the sluice at the weir.

"A man in his 30s was still in the vehicle, which was in fast-flowing waist-deep water.

"Firefighters used a small rubber boat to go out to the man, who was able to climb out through the sun roof."

The man was taken to University Hospital North Staffordshire suffering the effects of the cold.

Replacement bus service

The rivers Penk and Sow were among those covered by EA flood warnings.

East Midlands Trains suspended its services between Crewe and Derby because of flooding in Uttoxeter.

Arriva Trains Wales said it suspended services between Crewe and Chester at about 14:00.

An East Midlands Trains spokesperson said a replacement bus service was operating between Crewe and Derby, calling at all stations including Stoke-on-Trent and Uttoxeter.

A rail shuttle service was also in operation between Uttoxeter and Derby, with normal services not expected to resume until Tuesday.

The company apologised for any inconvenience caused.

Arriva Trains Wales said it also put on a bus service and advised passengers to "only make essential journeys due to the severe disruption caused by flooding".

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