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Burton and Swadlincote avoid flood warnings after torrential rain - BREAKING

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 19, 2014


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BURTON and South Derbyshire have avoided being placed on flood alert after rain battered both areas overnight and this morning.

Small pockets of flooding has cropped up across both areas but Environment Agency chiefs have put this down to build up of excess water after prolonged periods of rain.

However, both the River Trent and River Dove have avoided been placed on 'high' flood alert after rainfall levels were not as high as expected overnight.

Police and fire chiefs in Burton and Swadlincote revealed there had been 'no major incidents' related to the weather in the  past 24 hours.

The Met Office issued the amber weather warning yesterday which covers Staffordshire and Derbyshire until 11.45pm this evening.

While it is wet and thundery, temperatures are forecast to reach 23C at 1pm.

The weather warning has also prompted the Highways Agency to alert drivers to potentially unsafe conditions.

Simon Sheldon-Wilson, director of traffic management at the Highways Agency, said: “With schools across the country now broken up for summer, lots of people will be taking to the roads this weekend.

“While this weather should not prevent people from making a journey, it’s important that drivers are aware of the forecast and drive appropriately.”

“Rain and spray can reduce visibility and when the road is wet it can take up to twice as long to stop so it makes sense to slow down when it's raining and leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front. It’s also a good idea to check the latest conditions before setting out on a journey.”

Keep updated to burtonmail.co.uk for updates on weather related issues this weekend.

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