Environment Agency warns of possible further flooding

Flooded car in Hathern, Leicestershire
Image caption Parts of Leicestershire, including in Hathern, have already flooded

Householders are being urged to take flood precautions in Leicestershire after heavy rainfall over the weekend.

Flooding caused problems across the county with some roads closed.

Environment Agency officials told residents in low-lying areas or near flood-prone areas to watch water levels.

Roy Stokes, flood risk manager for Environment Agency, said: "A lot of ground is saturated so there is nowhere for the extra rain to go.

"Smaller water courses are quicker to react and have taken the impact.

More rainfall

"Flood defences across the county are doing their jobs which is really good... but there are still a few surface water problems to deal with, whereas with the river warnings we can give plenty of alerts to people.

"Hopefully we will get some respite but there is more rainfall expected for Monday and Tuesday."

"Any further rain we do get this week will see river levels rising quicker than they normally would because they are already full... so people need to keep an eye on things."

Roads affected by flooding included the A6 at Hathern, Leicester Road in Sharnford, Slash Lane in Sileby, Kingfisher Estate in Loughborough and Leicester Road in Enderby.

Flood warnings remain in effect at several locations on the River Soar in Leicestershire.

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