Drivers urged to take care as highways crews work through the day to tackle flash flooding

Wednesday, 20th January 2021

DRIVERS are being reminded to take extra care on the roads as heavy rain and the risk of surface water or river flooding continues to make conditions difficult.

Staffordshire’s highways crews have been out in force throughout the day (Wednesday 20 January) as heavy and persistent rain caused flash flooding on many of the county’s roads. Crews received more than 100 reports of flooding on the roads during the day.

Some of the roads affected include:

  • Blackbank Road and Chemical Lane in Newcastle,
  • Talke Road in Bradwell,
  • Sandon Road and Weston Road in Stafford,
  • Hill Lane in Morrilow Heath,
  • Biddles Lane in Cranberry,
  • Stafford Road in Gnosall,
  • Bar Hill in Madeley,
  • Uttoxeter Road in Beamhurst,
  • Main Street in Tatenhill,
  • Bickford Road in Whiston,
  • Mill Road in Cheadle
  • Yarnfield Lane in Yarnfield.

With a Yellow Warning for rain still in place for the region and more heavy rain expected tonight, motorists are being reminded to take extra care.

River Level for River Tame at Ladybridge, recorded at 1815 GMT on Wednesday 20 January: 1.441m, and rising.

A peak of 1.67m is expected at 1400 GMT on Thursday 21 January.

The usual range of the River Tame at Tamworth is between 0.86m and 1.30m. It has been between these levels for 90% of the time since monitoring began.

The typical recent level of the River Tame at Tamworth over the past 12 months has been between 0.81m and 1.23m. It has been between these levels for at least 150 days in the past year.

The highest level ever recorded at the River Tame at Tamworth is 2.73m, reached on Sunday 22nd July 2007 at 12:00am.

David Williams, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Highways, said:

“The heavy and persistent rain we’ve had over the past few days has caused a number of flash flooding incidents right across the county, giving our highways crews a very busy day.

“Whilst most roads remain open, some still remain closed or partially blocked due to the flooding but crews will be working round the clock to keep them clear.

“With more heavy rain expected throughout the evening, I would again like to remind drivers to take particular care. People should drive to the conditions and be aware that there could be surface flooding around any corner. I’d also ask people not to drive through any flooded sections of road as you can never be sure how deep the water is.”

“People should report any flooding problems they see on the roads on, or on the MyStaffs App.”

Anyone with a property that has flooded or is at risk of flooding from the highway should report it at: .

If people are worried about river flooding they can also contact the Environment Agency by calling their FloodLine on 0345 988 1188. A live list of current river flood alerts and warnings issued by the Environment Agency can be found here

Here at Tamworth Informed, we want to say a huge thank you to all NHS Staff, Care Workers, Emergency Service Workers, Shop Staff and anyone else helping to keep us safe, healthy, fed, watered or connected to vital services during this difficult of the 3rd National Lockdown. Please stay safe and look after each other.

On 4 January the Prime Minister announced that England was to enter a National Lockdown, meaning that we should all stay at home. 

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> You must stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
> You must not leave your home unless necessary.
> Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household or bubble.

Find out more information about COVID-19 on the NHS 111 website here