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Heavy rain causes flooding

Alerts in place across the Midlands

The heavy rain's causing flooding in South and East Staffordshire.

Penkridge, Rugeley and Cannock are the worst affected.

A warning's been issued for the Midlands area by the Environment Agency.

They're asking people to stay vigilant and be prepared, and check its website and Twitter feed for the latest updates and flood warnings.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service say they've received 156 emergency calls reporting flooding between 10am and 11am this morning.

Director of Prevent and Protect, Dean Stevens said: "We are currently experiencing an unprecedented number of calls and we’d ask people to only consider reporting flooding incidents to us if people’s lives are at risk.

"We’d urge people to monitor warnings given by the Environment Agency and to avoid driving in areas where there is localised flooding.”

Highways teams in Staffordshire say they are ready to tackle effects of surface flooding.

The county council’s highways leader Mike Maryon said while crews were ready for an immediate response, motorists should take extra care.

He added: "Unfortunately the wet weather is persisting and is heavy at times, which can cause us problems.

"These are busy times for our highways teams as they work hard to ensure roads are passable and blocked gullies cleared.

"We would ask people to bear with us where there is flooding and potential obstructions in roads. We are making every effort to keep Staffordshire moving.

"In the meantime, people should take extra care when travelling and alert us to problems in their area by calling the main county council number 0300 111 8000.”

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