Stoke & Staffordshire

Staffordshire flood warnings issued after heavy rain

Flooding in Staffordshire
Image caption Staffordshire Fire and Rescue service has advised people not to drive through standing water

Heavy rain and high winds caused problems as flood warnings were issued across Staffordshire.

The Environment Agency (EA) said the River Anker was at risk at Tamworth, Amington, Polesworth and Grendon.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning, forecasting further rain and winds of up to 60mph.

There were also travel disruptions, with the closure of the A513 Alrewas and "hazardous driving conditions" at the Catton turn.

One lane of the A38, southbound was closed between the Fradley Arms Junction and Streethay, because of a fallen tree.

Standing water

London Midland said it had suspended services on the cross city line south, between Birmingham and Redditch, although trains were still running between Birmingham and Lichfield.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue service advised people not to drive through standing water as it was unclear how deep it could be.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue said it had received a high number of 999 calls due to the weather.

The EA has produced a live flood warnings map to alert people to potential problems in their areas.

Midlands Today weather forecaster Shefali Oza said heavy rain was expected to continue overnight, moving eastwards across the region.

She said winds were expected to die down and Friday was expected to be a much drier and calmer day.

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