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More downpours worsen flood risk
10:07am Saturday 29th December 2012 in News
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- More downpours today have worsened the flood risk in the area.
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Flood warnings remain in place for England and Wales this weekend as the short respite from heavy rain is expected to give way to another band of miserable weather.
Days of almost relentless downpours blighted parts of the country for much of December, punctuated only by the briefest of dry spells as communities count the cost of flooding.
Hundreds of alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency this month, as several days' worth of rain has fallen in just a few hours at its worst, contributing to a year of bad weather which has left the UK on the brink of its wettest since records began in 1910.
For more on the national scene click here.
River levels are due to peak just in time for the new year, according to the Environment Agency.
The warning came as rain battered Worcestershire today, prompting more flood warnings.
For more, including today's weather round-up in full, click here.
The front entrance to Clive's Fruit Fruit. Shop still open, use the other entrance (through Upton) #rainWN http://t.co/K1EEdK0i— @Cat_Phillips 29 December 2012
2013 is expected to be between 0.43 °C and 0.71 °C warmer than the long-term (1961-1990) global average of 14.0 °C, with a best estimate of around 0.57 °C, according to the Met Office annual global temperature forecast.
#rainWN RT @EveshamTownCoUk Might be wet out there, but evesham very much open for business #evesham— @lizsweetmanWN 29 December 2012
Flooding will have to wait 2 hours. I'm at the panto at #malvern http://t.co/DBbj6UPs— @DaveThroupEA 29 December 2012
BRIGHTER: The Met Office weather map for 9am tomorrow.
Another band of rain is expected over Wales tomorrow afternoon. River levels are expected to rise on Monday or Tuesday through Worcester, Bewdley and Upton.
...and pigs enjoying extra mud! #rainWN http://t.co/edIvf4J0— @Cat_Phillips 29 December 2012
Ducks enjoying extra water feature at Clive's Fruit Farm... #rainwn http://t.co/MAbXdGeD— @Cat_Phillips 29 December 2012
View from Clive's Fruit Farm in Upton. Still open! #rainWN http://t.co/5JtbWgoW— @Cat_Phillips 29 December 2012
THERE was a big turnout of emergency services last night after a report that someone had jumped or fallen into the river Severn.
The incident took place at 11.45pm at Lincomb Lock, near Stourport.
Firefighters, police, a helicopter and boats from Evesham and Worcester attended.
After a thorough search over a long period, nobody was found in the water.
#rainWN RT @NTCroome Court & some of garden is closed due to flooding. Rest of Croome open as usual. Kx— @lizsweetmanWN 29 December 2012
Click here for details of train service disruptions.
Be careful traveling on A449 toward sixways. Lots of surface water across road. #rainWN— @Cat_Phillips 29 December 2012
The rain falls – while the government pulls the plug on flood defences | John Vidal http://t.co/31nnIv1S— @guardianeco 28 December 2012
Flood Alert - Rivers in #Gloucester #cheltenham #tewkesbury Now responding to heavy rain http://t.co/uKr8Cp0T— @DaveThroupEA 29 December 2012
Pls note the court & some of garden is closed today due to flooding. Playground, canteen, shop & church all open though! Kx— @NTCroome 29 December 2012
Typical scene across #worcestershire Looks like a dusting of snow but it's standing water - everywhere! http://t.co/66QwGY88— @DaveThroupEA 29 December 2012
The scene at Severn Stoke this morning #rainWN http://t.co/Kizo9t4Z— @lizsweetmanWN 29 December 2012
A day in the life of our guys operating our defences at #upton Unfortunately it's been the same for 2 weeks now! http://t.co/rItxHel3— @DaveThroupEA 29 December 2012
Great compilation of our people doing their stuff on flood protection during December. http://t.co/R7OEIiyl Fingers crossed for a quiet Jan.— @DavidHudsonEA 28 December 2012
We have a terrific collection of flood pictures here for you, some of them available to buy.
#Police news: Hereford United Football Match Called Off http://t.co/qlNOpFIb— @wmerciapolice 29 December 2012
Update from the Environment Agency website about the river Severn at Diglis:
"At 9:30 am today; the level at the Diglis Gauge was 4.24 metres and steady. The river levels may rise as further rain is forecast. A peak level of between 4.40 and 4.80 metres is expected to occur on the 31st."
Are you #floodaware? 6 inches of fast flowing water can knock you off your feet & hides dangers like open manhole covers & raw sewage (1/2)— @EnvAgency 29 December 2012
But the river Teme is expected to rise quite quickly as a result of this morning's rain. Levels are expected to peak in the early hours of tomorrow morning. People living in Tenbury should keep an eye out.
Has anyone in #Worcestershire been affected by flooding overnight? #rainWN— @lizsweetmanWN 29 December 2012
MORE RAIN, MORE STRAIN: Yep, we're somewhere under all those flood alert triangles!
Flood Alert - River Teme #worcestershire Responding to heavy rain. Roads in area may be affected. http://t.co/1VDS0w4T— @DaveThroupEA 29 December 2012
There has already been 30mm of rain overnight and this morning over the top of the catchment of the rivers Wye and Severn in Wales. Worcestershire has received just over 10mm of rain which has mainly caused surface water problems on the roads.
Dave Throup from the Environment Agency said: "Not an awful lots has changed, the rain we were expecting has arrived."
River Severn in Worcester and Bewdley not expected to peak until NYE or New Year's Day.
Bus services disrupted due to flooding
The following bus services are currently disrupted
15 (Kidderminster – Bewdley – Stourport): This service is currently omitting Stourport Road in Bewdley due to the flood barriers being up at Beale's Corner. The service is therefore diverting via the A456 Bypass and Kidderminster Road to the town centre, and vice versa. (NEW UPDATE)
42 / 43 (Malvern – Upton): These services are currently operating to its Standard Flood Timetable due to flooding at Hanley Road in Upton.
356 / 357 (Worcester – Crowle – Grafton Flyford / Droitwich): Due to a burst water main on Old Turnpike Road, these services are diverting via Lower Crowle Road (the signed diversion route) until 30th December 2012.
362 (Worcester – Kempsey – Upton): This service is currently operating to its Standard Flood Timetable due to flooding at Hanley Road in Upton.
363 (Worcester – Callow End – Upton): This service is currently operating to its Standard Flood Timetable due to flooding at Hanley Road in Upton. Hanley Castle is therefore being omitted.
382 (Worcester – Norton – Eckington – Pershore): This service is currently operating to its Standard Flood Timetable.
758 (Worcester – Hallow – Great Witley – Tenbury): This service is diverting via Henwick Road instead of Hylton Road in Worcester due to flooding. The service will additionally be diverted between 2nd – 4th January 2013 between Newnham Bridge and Stockton (omitting Eastham, Lindridge, Eardiston and part of Stockton) due to an emergency road closure following repairs to a burst water main. (NEW UPDATE)
760 (Tenbury – Stourport – Kidderminster): The service will be diverted between 2nd – 4th January 2013 between Newnham Bridge and Stockton (omitting Eastham, Menithwood, Lindridge, Eardiston and part of Stockton) due to an emergency road closure following repairs to a burst water main. (NEW UPDATE)
Information from Worcestershire County Council
Latest road closures
The following roads across Worcestershire are currently closed:
- B4088 Eckington Bridge - closed 21/12/12
- B4211 Hanley Road, Upton - closed 21/12/12 13.30
- U40214 Holt Fleet Lane, Ombersley - NEW UPDATE 28/12/12 - ROAD CLOSED
- U23422 Houndsfield Lane, Wythall - closed until the New Year
- A443 Hylton Road, Worcester - closed 22/12/12 19.00
- C2022 Jubilee Bridge, Fladbury - NEW UPDATE 28/12/12 - NOW OPEN
- C2153 Old Burcot Lane, Bromsgrove- closed 20/12/12
- C2141 Owlhill Lane, Doverdale, Ombersley - closed 21/12/12 13.00
- U20553 Woodbury Lane, Norton - closed 20/12/12
- C2099 New Street, Upton - road closed 20/12/12 (flood gates have been closed)
- Worcester City Riverside (Cleeve Walk) - closed until after Chistmas period, due to silt levels.
- C2263 between Ab Lench and Rous Lench - NEW UPDATE 28/12/12 - Road closed due to damage to road surface.
Information from Worcestershire County Council
Very heavy rain and high winds now getting into west #midlands Lots of standing water. Will last a few hours. Exta care http://t.co/vtuucthc— @DaveThroupEA 29 December 2012
My home town Upon upon Severn about to disappear under floods— @mikebaldock 29 December 2012
Click here for latest weather forecast.
I think this kind of floody weather is going to become the norm. We'll have to get used to it and adapt our lives in order to cope!— @floodmary 29 December 2012