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Floody nightmare as big thaw hits

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: January 30, 2013

By JAMES BRINDLE

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THE snow has all but disappeared from the landscape around Uttoxeter but its legacy lives on as the area remains on flood alert.

The weekend’s big thaw and torrential rain after a final flurry of heavy snowfall on Friday left river levels high across the area and fields sodden.

Commuters suffered during Monday’s rush hour as flooding closed the A515 at Sudbury causing tailbacks on surrounding routes, including the A50.

Flood alerts have been placed on rivers and tributaries across the region over the last few days, including on the River Dove, Churnet and Blithe.

Flood alerts had been in place on the River Blithe at Blithfield Reservoir and in the Hoar Cross area, as well as the River Dove around Scropton but these have since been removed.

As the Advertiser went to press yesterday a flood alert was still in place on the Lower Dove at low-lying land and roads between Rocester and Clay Mills.

Further heavy rain was forecast for throughout yesterday and river levels were expected to rise significantly across the Uttoxeter area.

The weather continued to play havoc with sporting fixtures with Uttoxeter’s race meeting on Saturday abandoned on Thursday.

Clerk of the course Charlie Moore reported the track to be unraceable on Thursday due to frost and snow and admitted the situation was hopeless.

He said: “We’ve had to let it go. We have still got two inches of snow on the track with a hard frost forecast for tonight.

“There is not sufficient warmth and moisture in the forecast before Saturday as the forecast rain will come too late.

“Even if it did come in time, we could then end up waterlogged.”

One of the biggest matches in Rocester FC’s recent history, their FA Vase fourth round tie at home to Runcorn Town had to be postponed for a second week running due to the amount of snow on the Hillsfield pitch.

They will try again this Saturday at 3pm.

East Staffordshire-based meteorologist Richard Jeffries, predicted the area may have to wait some time for respite, forecasting a milder, windier and wetter week.

He suggested rain could fall every day of the working week except Friday, with the mercury rising as high as 12C before falling back nearer to 6C at the end of the week.

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