THE Environment Agency has downgraded its threat to life warning for the River Dee in Farndon, 24 hours after first raising it.

The severe flood warning was the only one in place in the UK on Saturday morning but after a review on Saturday afternoon, the decision was taken to lower it to a flood warning.

However, the EA is still warning people to avoid the area in order to remain safe and expects some areas around Farndon to remain out of action for residents.

The statement said: "The severe flood warning for English River Dee at Farndon is no longer in force and has been downgraded to a flood warning.

"River levels are now dropping slowly at Farndon on the River Dee.

"While the risk to life is reduced, flooding for land and properties in Farndon remains possible for Saturday, January 23.

"River levels remain high and as a result Townfield lane will remain cut off for the next few days. Townfield Lane will be accessible again on the morning of January 26.

"Further showers are forecast over the next 48 hours but it is not expected that river levels will rise significantly. Emergency responders and our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will update flood warnings as necessary.

"Please be aware of your surroundings and keep up to date with the current situation."

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