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Motorists Urged to Take Extra Care as Weekend Weather Warning Issued

Motorists across Staffordshire are being reminded to take extra care on the roads over the weekend as heavy rain could make driving conditions difficult.

A yellow weather warning for thunder storms and rain from the Met Office is in place for Saturday and Sunday, which could potentially bring some minor instances of flash flooding to the county’s roads.

Staffordshire County Council’s highways teams have already been out to ensure gullies and drains in areas at risk are clear, however drivers are also being reminded to take extra care, slow down and drive to the conditions if the weather is bad.

People should be aware that surface flooding could be present on any road and they should avoid driving through any partially flooded roads, as it’s difficult to tell how deep the water could be. During spells of heavy rain, additional spray from other vehicles could also make visibility and driving more difficult.

David Williams, Staffordshire County Council’s Highways Chief said: “While we’ve been enjoying the very fine weather over the last few days, there’s a chance we could see some heavy rain with some difficult driving conditions at times over the weekend.

“If we do see this kind of weather there can be a risk of some surface water flooding on the roads and I would like to remind drivers to take extra care if they are out.  People should slow down and leave plenty of space between them and the vehicle in front of them.

“Our highways crews have already been out over the last few days too, ensuring that gullies and drains are kept clear so that any surface water can clear away.”

People can report any issues on the roads on http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/, or via the MyStaffs App.

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