FLOOD warnings have been issued across the Stroud district today.

The Environment Agency has issued a red alert for the River Frome at Stonehouse and Bridgend.

A red alert means: Flooding is expected - immediate action required.

And it has put out an amber alert for low lying land and roads adjacent the river from Elmore to Sharpness. Other locations that may be affected include Chalford, Leonard Stanley and Cambridge.

An amber alert means: Flooding is possible - be prepared.

The agency team says flooding is expected at Stonehouse and Bridgend.

They have noted river levels rising at the Ebley Mill river gauge and at the Brimscombe river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. 

Consequently, they are expecting flooding of property, roads and farmland in the area this morning (Sunday).

Further heavy rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours as a result of Storm Dennis.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: "We expect river levels to remain high over the next few days.

"We are closely monitoring the situation. 

"Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded.

"We are closely monitoring the situation.

"Our incident response staff are checking defences."

The flood warning will be updated by 6pm today, or as the situation changes.