Severn Trent say it is prepared to deal with potential flooding this weekend

Severn Trent has said that although there is a strong possibility of flooding tonight and into the weekend, teams there are ready to deal with inevitable flash flooding.

Jason Lingard, waste water manager for Severn Trent, said: “We’re aware that even more bad weather is coming and we’re working hard to get ready for it.

“We’ve already got plenty of staff on the phones in our call centre and lots of 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.

Severn Trent is also offering advice for people experiencing flooding.

Mr Lingard said: “If you have flooding at your home, check to see if it’s just rainwater or if it’s sewage that has come from an overflowing sewer, possibly through a manhole cover in your garden or outside your property.

“If it’s just rainwater, the flooding should subside when it stops raining, although it can take up to four hours for water to drain away, so be patient.

“Where sewage is escaping this is obviously a priority for us, so please call us on 0800 7834444 and we’ll get a team out to help as quickly as possible.”

“If you’re concerned about flooding from drains and gullies in the road, you should call the local council as they are responsible for road drainage, but again, we generally find that the flooding will go away when it stops raining.”