PEOPLE in Staffordshire are being warned to continue to be cautious even as the county seems to have escaped the brunt of Storm St Jude which battered Britain last night.
Residents are being advised to take extra time for travel as heavy rains are set to sweep through the region this morning.
A spokesman for the county council said, to date, just one tree had been brought down by the conditions brought in from the Atlantic, in Penn in South Staffordshire.
“Although Staffordshire looks like it has escaped the brunt of the storm, it is an ever changing picture and we expect more heavy rain and the possibility of stronger winds as we move through the morning,” said Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet support member for transport and connected county, Simon Tagg.
“It is half-term for most Staffordshire schools, so traffic should be lighter, but it makes sense to keep an eye on the weather forecasts and plan your journey if you are heading out on our roads this morning,” he said.
“Our highways crews are well prepared for whatever the weather delivers today and have been on standby over the weekend, but I would urge people to take extra care and make sure their vehicles are fit for the journey before they set out this morning.”
The Environment Agency announced it had flood alerts in place for the River Sow and the River Penk, with warnings around low-lying land and roads between Great Bridgeford to Shugborough on the Sow, between Coven and Stafford on the Penk, and also on Sandyford Brook, the Rising Brook and on the Saredon Brook.