15:31 Tuesday 11 February 2014

Flood alerts after mix of snow and sun hits area

Written byROB SMYTH

FLOOD warnings have been issued along the River Trent after a bizarre mix of weather saw Burton and South Derbyshire battered by a snowstorm before being bathed in sunshine.

The Environment Agency urged homes and businesses that border the river throughout the area to ‘remain vigilant’ with heavy rainfall expected to see river levels rise during the next few days.

The flood alerts were issued just hours after rain and snow pelted the area for several hours yesterday before making way for a sudden rise in temperatures, blues skies and sunshine.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “The river level is currently steady on the River Trent in Burton but is expected to remain high for the next few days.

“The current level in the Yoxall area is 1.54 metres, the level in the Drakelow area is 2.4 metres and the level in the Croxall area is 1.69 metres.

“Further rainfall is forecast for this morning and into this afternoon which may cause rivers to rise further.

“We urge homes and businesses to please remain vigilant.”

Highways chiefs revealed that part of Main Street, in Hartshorne, was ‘barely passable’ at points yesterday due to flooding.

The Met Office had issued a weather warning for snow in both Staffordshire and Derbyshire and continues to warn people about the possibility of fluctuating weather patterns in the run up to the weekend.

The weather forecast for today has predicted sunny spells and isolated wintry showers in places.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: “Showers could continue to turn increasingly snowy in some areas throughout today.

“The public should be aware of the risk of some travel disruption and difficult driving conditions.”

The weather experts also urged people to extra careful during the mornings and evenings with temperatures set to dip and the risk of icy roads set to rise.

Gritters in both Derbyshire and Staffordshire are said to be on standby if the temperature does drop.

More information is available at www.environment-agency.gov.uk

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