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Byline: EMMA RAY

NUNEATON was on flood alert today after the River Anker burst its banks during a weekend of heavy rain.

Large areas of the Midlands were also affected by the downpours, with a further 17 flood warnings issued.

As well as the Anker, areas along the rivers Severn and Wye were on high alert as rain continued to soak the area.

A flood alert issued at 2.12pm on Saturday covers an area from Nuneaton to Tamworth, including Atherstone, Grendon, Polesworth and Alvecote. The alert remains in force today.

Although winds of up to 25mph are expected today, the forecast is for a bright day with just a few showers. However, a short but intense downpour in Nuneaton at 8am today will not have helped matters.

Householders in the flood alert area are being urged by the Environment Agency to put sandbags in place and prepare to evacuate their homes and move pets, vehicles and other items to a safe place.

Across the UK as a whole, 32 flood warnings and one severe flood warning were issued.

In the Midlands, the Environment Agency has warned of a flood alert covering an area from Drayton Manor to Hopwas from Saturday night.

The River Blythe, at Balsall Common, was also the subject of a flood warning over the weekend and the fire service reported some farmland under water.

Fourteen all-clears have been issued in the Midlands after the threat of flooding subsided along areas including the River Avon from Evesham to Tewkesbury, the River Leam from Marton to Leamington and Water Orton to Lea Marston.

Flood warnings in those areas had been in place since Saturday.

At Bablake weather station in Coventry, 13.2mm of rainfall was recorded in the 24 hours to 9am on Sunday - more than a quarter the total rainfall so far in January.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jan 28, 2002
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