Flash floods could bring delays to the roads

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for rain. Photo Kirsty Wigglesworth

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for rain. Photo Kirsty Wigglesworth - Credit: PA

Posible flash flooding from heavy showers overnight could cause delays on the roads through the day as the remanants of Storm Gertrude pass over Norfolk.

And the Environment Agency is urging communities in southern England to stay alert to the risk of renewed flooding over the weekend.

Neil Davies, national flood duty manager at the Environment Agency, said: 'More wet weather this weekend means that communities in parts of southern England and the North should stay alert to the potential for further flooding.

'Teams from the Environment Agency will be out over the weekend continuing their work to check and repair flood defences as well as clearing watercourses and offering help and advice to communities still recovering from the impacts of flooding over Christmas.

'Strong winds combined with high tides could lead to large waves and spray especially for the Yorkshire coast and parts of southern and western coasts. We advise anyone near coastal paths and promenades to take extra care and to avoid the temptation to go 'wave watching'.'

The Scottish Government's resilience committee met on Friday to check on the response to Storm Gertrude.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: 'We did see a significant impact on the morning commute with several road closures, restrictions on some bridges and disruption to public transport, with every effort being made to return to normal as soon as it is safe to do so.

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'However, this is obviously a rapidly changing picture and I would urge people to continue to check the situation before travelling today, as well as over the weekend now that we have been advised further bad weather is on the way.

'Our focus is now on working with partner agencies to minimise the impact of the severe storms set to hit the far north this afternoon, particularly Shetland.'