FLOODING is expected in Herefordshire as a flood alert is issued for the river Wye in the county.

The Environment Agency is this afternoon warning that river levels are forecast to rise at the Hay-On-Wye river gauge as a result of Storm Barra.

Flooding of low lying land and roads is expected along the river Wye from Hay-on-Wye to Ross-on-Wye.

Other locations that may be affected include the A438, Byford, Bredwardine and Hereford.


The river is expected to peak at 2.5m to 2.7m tomorrow morning at Hay, 4.2m to 4.5m tomorrow morning at Bredwardine, 4.3m to 4.5m at Belmont tomorrow afternoon, 3.9m to 4.1m tomorrow afternoon at the Old Bridge, and 4.1m to 4.4m tomorrow afternoon at Mordiford.

Flooding of properties is not forecast at this point.

Further rainfall is forecast over the next 48 hours and river levels are expected to remain high until December 10.

The Environment Agency said: "We are closely monitoring the situation. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded."