A flood alert remains in force on the River Wye in Herefordshire this morning, with levels having peaked at Hay-on-Wye and Bredwardine, and a peak of around 3.8 metres expected in Hereford later this morning.

No significant flooding is expected but riverside paths may be underwater for a short period in Hereford.

An update from the Environment Agency was released late yesterday evening and said:

“River levels have risen at the Hay-On-Wye river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is expected to begin from 21:00 today, 13/02/22.

“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. P

“redicted peaks:- Hay on Wye 1.8m to 2.1m overnight 13/02/22. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours. We expect river levels to remain high over the next few days.

“We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences and clearing weed screens. 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 10:00 on 14/02/2022, or as the situation changes.”