Weather warning as residents urged to be 'flood aware'

Heavy rain forecast from lunchtime tomorrow until the evening

Road signs showing closure and diversion

Residents and businesses are being encouraged by the county council to be ‘flood aware’ as further rain spells are expected this week.

There's a yellow warning in place for the whole of the East Midlands from 12 noon tomorrow until 8pm later in the evening.

Here's some top tips to prepare:

 

 

The council, which is local lead flood authority, is also advising locals not to take risks and to never drive or walk through flood water. If a road sign or flood boards are in place, these are there to keep residents safe and should not be moved.

Pat Clarke, head of highways operations, said: "If you live in areas which are prone to flooding, please be prepared, and, from a highways perspective, please follow the advice and avoid driving through flood water and follow the signposted diversion routes."

If you need need sandbags or assistance with housing and shelter, please contact your local district or borough council. 

Councils, emergency services and the NHS work together to help people prepare for flooding and to stay safe. Read more on our emergency flood advice.

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