Severn Trent is ready to deal with the coming bad weather

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A WEATHER warning has been issued for this weekend by the Met Office.

Severe weather is expected tonight (Friday) and on Sunday.

Severn Trent Water are preparing for the heavy rain, which could result in flash flooding.

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 and any other issues the bad weather may bring.

"We’re also out and about keeping an eye on those areas with a high risk of flooding. 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."

And they are offering the following advice for customers who are experiencing flooding.

"If you have flooding at your home, check to see if it’s just rainwater or if it’s sewage that has come from an overflowing sewer, possibly through a manhole cover in your garden or outside your property," said Mr Jesic.

"If it’s just rainwater, the flooding should subside when it stops raining, although it can take up to four hours for water to drain away, so be patient.

"Where sewage is escaping this is obviously a priority for us, so please call us on 0800 783 4444 and we’ll get a team out to help as quickly as possible."

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