River levels on the River Wye in Herefordshire continue to rise, with riverside paths in Hereford expected to flood over the coming hours.

An update from Environment Agency said:

River levels have risen at the Belmont river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, the risk of flooding remains. We expect flooding to affect low lying land and roads along the River Wye from Hay on Wye to Ross on Wye. Other locations that may be affected include the A438, Byford, Bredwardine and Hereford. Predicted peaks:- Hay on Wye 2.8m to 3.3m, Bredwardine 5.0m to 5.4m and Belmont 4.9m to 5.4m are forecast to peak this afternoon, 27/12/20; Old Wye Bridge 4.5m to 5.0m Monday, 28/12/20. Further scattered showers are forecast over the next 12hours. We expect river levels to remain high into next week. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences and liaising with emergency services. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated by 10am on Monday 28/12/20 or as the situation changes.