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A flood warning has now been issued for Nantwich and the River Weaver at Shrewbridge Lodge.

The Environment Agency has upgraded its initial Flood Alert to the more serious Warning due to very high river levels of the Weaver through the town.

And prolonged heavy rain forecast throughout the night and tomorrow (January 20) will cause river levels to rise even further, putting property at risk.

A EA spokesperson said: “River levels have risen at the Shrewbridge river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rain associated with Storm Christoph.

“Consequently, flooding to properties is expected.

“We believe there is a possibility of flooding for Shrewbridge Lodge.

“Further rainfall is forecast over the next 48 hours and we expect river levels to remain high until Friday.

“Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue further flood warnings if necessary.

“Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses, be aware of your surroundings and keep up to date with the current situation.”

Cheshire Police says plans are in place to evacuate residents and are urging people to keep up-to-date with the latest news on the Environment Agency website.

Superintendent Simon Parsonage, from Cheshire Constabulary said: “We are working closely with other agencies in the community to monitor the situation and collectively we will do all we can to minimise any disruption across the county and keep people safety.

“All agencies continue to monitor the situation for potential for any flooding and I would encourage residents in the affected areas to monitor the alerts from the Environment Agency and take action if flooding has been forecast in your area.

“With heavy rain forecast, road closures are a possibility and anyone making an essential journey should allow extra time in case of any issues.

“We will continue to monitor the situation closely over the next 48 hours and issue regular updates through our social media accounts.”

(Images courtesy of Nantwich News reader)

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