17:18 Thursday 02 January 2014

High winds and flood alerts warning for area

Written bySARAH BOULD

WINDS of up to 50 miles per hour and heavy rain look set to hit East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire over the next week.

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has described the storms set to hit the country as a period of ‘exceptional weather’.

Richard Jeffries from Rosliston Weather Station told the Mail the weather looked set to continue to be unsettled in Burton.

The town is set to experience high gust of winds tomorrow. They will then settle at the weekend before returning on Monday.

Richard said: “It looks like it is going to be very windy. We we had winds of over 50mph a few days over the last month across the Burton area. We could get that again today.”

Dozens of flood warnings have been put in place across England, Wales and Scotland.

A flood alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Trent, affecting farming land in Willington and Swarkstone.

Some flooding has already occurred at Bargate Lane at Willington and at access roads to Willington Meadows. The level at the Willington river gauge was 2.2 metres today with river levels predicted to rise over the next few days, with rainfall forecast over the next 24 hours.

Richard also predicts that the weather may well get colder mid-month, following the warmest December since 2006. Last year March was colder than January and February.

He said: “We are stuck in a very unsettled patch, one of the reasons is because of bad weather is so cold in Canada and there are storms that come our way.”

Other areas of the country have been affected the weather on a larger scale.

Severe flood warnings - which indicated a danger to life - is most likely for the Isles of Scilly, the north and south coasts of Devon and Cornwall, Dorset and Wales’ coastline.

The environment secretary said ministers were working to ensure all agencies were ‘absolutely prepared for the bad weather.’

Updates information on flood alerts for South Derbyshire and East Staffordshire can be found at environment-agency.gov.uk

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