Weather warning issued for heavy rain in the Midlands

THE Met Office has issued a weather warning for heavy rain for most of the Midlands.

Persistent rain, heavy in places, is expected today, with further rain expected on Friday and over the weekend.

This may lead to localised surface water flooding and the need to issue flood alerts and possibly warnings on faster responding rivers in some locations across the Midlands.

Teams from the Environment Agency will be out and about on the ground making sure that blockages are removed from rivers so they can run freely and are monitoring the impact of the rain on the rivers.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to do their bit by signing up to flood warnings on the Environment Agency website or on their Facebook Floodalerts App. People can also call floodline on 0845 988 1188.

Once registered, if a Flood Warning is issued, they will receive an automatic message by telephone, SMS text message, email and/or fax.

For further information about how to prepare for flooding and to find out if your home is at risk please visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk/floodmidlands.

Flood alerts and warnings can be checked at: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/34678.aspx?type=Region&term=Midlands

You can also follow them on twitter: @envagencymids.