COMMUNITIES along the banks of the River Dee have been put on alert ahead of potential flooding.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has issued an alter for the Lower Dee catchment, which includes Bangor-on-Dee, Horseman's Green and Redbrook, stating that river levels are above normal and are being monitored.

Meanwhile, the Environment Agency has issued an alert for the River Dee from Whitchurch to Chester as river levels there continue to rise.

A spokesperson said: "Flooding remains possible at low lying land and roads around the River Dee at Shocklach, Farndon, Handley, Lower Kinnerton, Chester and Puddington throughout today (Decemner 31) and into tomorrow morning (January 1, 2022).

"The River Dee is expected to peak at lunchtime tomorrow at 8.2m and then begin to gradually drop."

They added: "We will continue to monitor the forecast and re-issue this alert if necessary. Avoid using low lying footpaths and any bridges near local watercourses and do not attempt to walk or drive through flood water."

And a flood alert remains in place for the Term and Perry catchments following heavy rainfall which could impact Wem.

A spokesperson said: "As further rainfall is expected river levels will remain high for the next few days. We are closely monitoring the situation."