RESIDENTS in Wem have been put on alter for potential flooding.

The Environment Agency issued an alert on Monday, December 27 morning, for the Tern and Perry catchments following heavy rainfall.

The alert main focuses on the areas between Wolverley and Newport, but could impact other towns and villages.

A spokesperson said: "River levels have risen at the Tern - Walcot river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property, roads and farmland is expected today, December 27.

"We expect flooding to affect low lying land and roads adjacent to the river from Wolverley to Newport. Other locations that may be affected include Market Drayton, Wem and Rodington.

"We expect river levels to remain high for the next few days. We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and avoid contact with flood water."

The Environment Agency will issue an update tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 9am or if the situation changes.