A FLOOD alert is in force for Herefordshire as river levels rise as a result of heavy rainfall.
The Environment Agency said river levels are forecast to rise at the Hay-On-Wye river gauge, with flooding of property, roads and farmland expected to begin between 2pm and 4pm today (September 20)
Flooding is expected to affect low-lying land and roads 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 predicted to peak at 2.2 to 2.5m this evening in Hay-on-Wye, 4.0m to 4.2m at Bredwardine overnight, 4.0m to 4.2m at Belmont overnight, 3.5m to 3.8m at the Old Wye Bridge tomorrow morning, and 3.2m to 3.5m at Ross-on-Wye tomorrow afternoon.
The Environment Agency said they expect river levels to remain high until tomorrow night, and that the situation is being closely monitored.
Please avoid using low-lying footpaths near local watercourses and avoid contact with flood water.