FLOODING is set to strike Mid Cheshire with heavy rainfall on the way.

The Environment Agency has warned residents of Northwich and Winsford to be prepared as levels on the River Weaver remain high.

With rain anticipated throughout the night, flooding is expected to follow.

“Levels on the River Weaver remain high and further rainfall is forecast tonight (December 6),” reads the agency’s website.

“Flooding is expected for low lying lands and roads around the Shrewbridge, Acton Bridge and the Northwich areas.

“River levels are expected to remain high into the weekend.

“River levels will peak late Thursday into Friday morning.

“Flooding is also possible at low lying land and roads around the Rivers Weaver, Ducklow and Wheelock and their tributaries.”

The Environment Agency has stated that operational teams are out clearing debris in preparation for the flooding and will continue to monitor the situation.

Mid Cheshire residents are urged to avoid using low lying footpaths and bridges for the time being and should not attempt to walk or drive through floodwater.

The Met Office website says there is a high chance of rain overnight, and throughout Thursday (December 7).

Met Office chief forecaster, Neil Armstrong, said: “After a relatively calm day on Wednesday, wet and windy weather will move in from the west on Wednesday night. Low pressure will drive several days of unsettled conditions with heavy rainfall the main concern. 

“The rain will be falling on already very wet ground and where there is still lying snow in the northwest of England and parts of Scotland, snow melt will exacerbate the risk of flooding. It is important to check for flood warnings in your area issued by your local environment agency.”