WITH the heavy rain and the possibility of flooding in the county Severn Trent Water say they are ready and already working round the clock, to deal with flash flooding.

The business has teams out and about to deal with arising flood issues and have been keeping an eye on high risk areas.

James Jesic, waste water manager for Severn Trent, said: "We’re aware that bad weather is coming and we’re working hard to get ready for it.

"We’ve already got plenty of staff on the phones in our call centre and lots of teams available out and about across the region to deal with flooding issues.

"Unfortunately, in stormy weather, the drains and sewers often have significantly more water flowing through them.

"When we get a lot of rain in one go, it has a hard time sinking into the ground; so it just runs off the surface and goes directly into drains and sewers.”

If you see sewage escaping from a flooded drain call 0800 783 4444 and Severn Trent Water will get a team out to help as quickly as possible.

Mr Jesic added: "If you’re concerned about flooding from drains and gullies in the road, you should call the local council as they are responsible for road drainage, but again, we generally find that the flooding will go away when it stops raining."