A FLOOD warning has been issued for Cheshire following heavy rain in the county.
Motorists and residents are advised to be wary after the amber warning from the Met Office.
Cheshire Fire Service is relaying the message and a spokesperson has published a number of guidelines and helpful advice for anyone concerned over rising water levels.
They said: “The rain could lead to surface water flooding of roads and land, which could make driving conditions particularly dangerous.
“We are urging people in the area to continue to be vigilant and check the local flood warnings issued by the Environment Agency.
“Motorists should not attempt to drive through flooded roads or fords. The water is often deeper than it looks and may be moving quite fast. Your vehicle may be swept away or become stranded.
“Do not attempt to walk through flooded areas. Even shallow water moving fast can sweep you off your feet and there may be hidden dangers such as open drains, damaged road surfaces, submerged debris or deep channels; these can cause serious injuries or even death.
“Children should not be allowed to play in flood water, which can become contaminated with sewerage and chemicals.
“Do not smoke, eat or drink while in contact with floodwater and always wash your hands afterwards.
“Keep an eye on weather reports on local television or radio news channels. Do not travel in heavy rain storms unless absolutely necessary.
“Look after neighbours. People have been known to suffer from hypothermia after their homes have become flooded with cold rainwater even in the summer time.
“Remember during a storm the emergency services will be very busy, only call for immediate assistance if there is a risk to life or serious property or environmental damage.
“Following a flood in your home, make sure all electrical circuits are fully dried out and checked by an electrical engineer before switching back on can cause serious injuries or even death.”
The fire service added it does not hold stocks of sandbags and residents should contact Cheshire West and Chester Council instead on 0300 123 8 123 for supplies.