Warning to drivers over wind and flooding risk

Drivers are being urged to be aware of the current weather warnings in place for the county over the next few hours when planning their journeys.

There is a high threat of flooding and high winds in Warrington and Chester which is likely to impact motorists in those areas, as well as on the motorways.

The relevant agencies such as the councils, Highways and Environment Agencies and police are all working together, assessing the ongoing situation, and putting in place the relevant resources to respond to any incidents should they occur.

Chief Inspector Dave Griffiths said: "The situation is currently being monitored by the police and our partner agencies and we have plans in place to respond should any incidents occur, but in the meantime we are focussing on making sure the public are as informed as they can be about the developing picture.

"Motorists in particular are advised to consider any journeys they are taking in the next couple of hours and to make sure they are monitoring the regular updated information being provided via the internet and social media, to make sure your route is clear and safe.

"The Runcorn/Widnes Bridge has been closed to high sided vehicles and the motorway network is being closely monitored by the Highways agency to see if any other closures will be necessary.

"We have had a few calls of trees in the road which have been passed onto the local councils to deal with. Adverse weather conditions do not of course just effect motorists and members of public are urged to be aware of their own safety and pay attention to warnings and advice being issued."

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