A FLOOD alert has been issued for one area of Herefordshire after heavy rain, with flooding expected to continue for days.

Issuing the alert for the river Lugg south of Leominster, meaning flooding is possible, the Environment Agency said river levels were at the Lugwardine river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall.

It warned that flooding continued, affecting roads and farmland, and more rain is expected until New Year's Day on Sunday.


It said flooding was affecting, and would continue to affect, low-lying land and roads adjacent to the river Lugg south of Leominster from Stoke Prior to Mordiford.

Other locations that may be affected include Bodenham, Lugwardine and Hampton Bishop.

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The alert, the lowest of the three flood warnings that can be issued by the government agency, said more rain was forecast on Wednesday and over the coming days. The Met Office forecast shows more rain for Leominster between today and New Year's Day.


"Please avoid using low-lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low-lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded," the agency said, with river levels expected to stay high.

When a flood alert is issued, people affected should pack a bag ready to leave their homes, check they know how to turn off gas, electric and water supplies and plan how to move family and pets to safety.