FLOOD alerts have been put out for Wem by the Environment Agency (EA) as heavy rain has cause river levels to rise.

The rain is expected to cause a rise in the water level at the Tern-Walcot river gauge.

The flooding of farmland is expected to occur between 3am and 9am on Tuesday, March 1 and levels are expected to remain high until March 3.

An EA spokesperson said: "We expect flooding to affect low lying land and roads adjacent to the river from Wolverly to Newport.

"Other locations that may be affected include Market Drayton, Wem and Rodington.

"We are closely monitoring the situation.

"Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local water courses.

"This message will be updated by 9am on March 1 or as the situation changes."

You can call Floodline for advice on 0345 988 1188.

The number for textphone is 0345 602 6340

It is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week.