Flood alerts in place across the area as heavy rain forecast

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Flood alerts have been issued for parts of Rutland and villages near Stamford as heavy rain is forecast for the area.

River levels are expected to rise tonight (Monday) and tomorrow and the Environment Agency has issued alerts in a number of places.

In Rutland, alerts are in place in Caldecott, Thorpe-by-Water, Harringworth and Tinwell.

In Lincolnshire, alerts have been issued for South Witham, Little Bytham, Castle Bytham, Carlby, Essendine, Greatford, Manthorpe, Witham-on-the-Hill and Toft.

Alerts have also been issued in Northamptonshire villages, including Wakerley, Duddington and Collyweston.

To keep an eye on alerts in your area, click here for the Environment Agency’s interactive map.

If you have been affected by flooding, e-mail the newsdesk.

Rail passengers are being advised by East Midlands Trains to travel early as it is running a reduced service to and from London St Pancras from 2.30pm today.

A spokesperson for East Midlands Trains said: “Transport networks across the country are expected to be affected by the severe weather later today.

“We are strongly urging our customers to bring forward their journeys to travel prior to the evening peak if possible. The worst of the weather is expected later in the day and we expect to be able to run only a very limited service during the evening peak and throughout the night.

“Our advice to passengers is also to check the latest travel advice, and take extra time and care for trips.

“Along with Network Rail, we are monitoring the weather forecast closely to ensure we put the safety of customers and our staff first. We have relaxed ticket restrictions to help people travel at different times and we are working with Network Rail to make sure everyone gets home for Christmas as safely and quickly as possible.”

For further information and to view the amended train timetable, click here