Teams at Severn Trent Water say they are ready and working round the clock to deal with the possibility of flooding today and over the weekend as the region braces itself for stormy weather.
Jason Lingard, waste water manager for the company, said: “We’re aware that this weather is coming and we’re working hard to get ready for it. We’ve got extra staff on the phones in our call centre and additional teams available out and about across the region to deal with flooding issues. We’re also out and about keeping an eye on those areas with a high risk of flooding.
“Unfortunately, in stormy weather, the drains and sewers often have significantly more water flowing through them. When we get a lot of rain in one go, it has a hard time sinking into the ground; so it just runs off the surface and goes directly into drains and sewers.”