TWO flood alerts are currently in place for Chester and surrounding areas due to high tides on the River Dee.

Alerts have been issued today (Sunday, April 7) for both the Dee Estuary and the Dee catchment areas.

There is a risk of spray overtopping on the coast at the River Dee Estuary, with flooding possible on low lying land and roads from 10am onwards, however this is not expected to affect properties.

The Environment Agency say that higher than normal tides are expected over the next three days. They do not currently anticipate the Flood Alert level to be met during high tide in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

The alert for the Dee Estuary will affect areas including Parkgate, Neston and Puddington, continuing to Blacon and Saltney.

The second alert, on the Dee catchment, is also forecast to affect low lying land and footpaths, with Farndon expected to be the most affected.

Townfield Lane is forecast to be cut off from tomorrow morning (Monday, April 8).

Residents are advised to avoid using low lying footpaths and any bridges near local watercourses, and do not attempt to walk or drive through flood water.

The River Dee catchment covers areas around Shocklach, Farndon, Handley, Lower Kinnerton, Chester and Puddington.

Further updates are expected later today.