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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Swollen River Warning

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning people to take extra care around water this weekend after heavy rainfall left rivers across the county swollen.

"Swollen rivers present additional risks such as fast flowing water, poor water visibility and the deeper water"

Head of Risk Reduction Glynn Luznyj

Head of Risk Reduction Glynn Luznyj said: “Due to the heavy rainfall many rivers are at unusually high levels which may be appealing to water enthusiasts, such as canoeists. However swollen rivers present additional risks such as fast flowing water, poor water visibility and the deeper water also covers normally visible hazards, such as outcrops and rocks.

"Also river banks are saturated and so are likely to fall away more easily, so we’d urge people fishing to take extra care and for dog walkers to ensure their pets are on a lead."

In October 2010 Staffordshire firefighters were involved in a rescue operation to locate a canoeist who went missing in the River Dane in the Peak District. The river was swollen at the time and the female canoeist sadly died as a result of the incident.