Flooding eases, but risk remains until new year

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  • The flooding that has hit the area over Christmas is at last easing.
  • However, 32 warnings and 40 alerts remain in place in the West Midlands, and the clean up for victims of flooding is just beginning.
  • The risk remains until the new year, according to the Environment Agency.
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National round-up: Heavy rain expected to fall across much of the country tonight and tomorrow, which may affect some new year celebrations.

Forecasters say the new year will bring some drier weather.

Environment Agency currently has 191 flood alerts and 79 flood warnings in place.

UK on brink of wettest year since records began in 1910.

 

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Local round-up: River Severn set to peak on Wednesday, but not expected to cause major concerns for Worcester.

Severn dropping very slightly in the city and Upton today.

More rain expected in Wales tonight, which is expected make levels rise in Worcester, Upton, Severn Stoke and Bewdley.

Some flooded properties on East Waterside, Upton, but new flood defences holding firm.

River Teme peaked this morning.

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FOUR search and rescue teams were called after two canoes were reported to be getting into difficulty in Upton today.
A  member of the public called the fire brigade after seeing the kayaks in fast-flowing water on the  Severn, near Hanley Road.
Two search teams from the fire service, a team from SARA and one from West Midlands Search and Rescue Service scoured the river for over two hours but found no sign of the boats.

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Worcestershire County Council is continuing to advise motorists out and about to take care on the roads.

Following significant rainfall and showers over Christmas there is still substantial surface water on roads, considerable localised flooding and some road closures are still in place.

As road temperatures are expected to drop to some degree over the next couple of days, the county council's gritting teams are on standby to grit roads if necessary.

Given that the ground is already saturated in many areas, residents and businesses should be aware of the risk of surface water and flooding with further unsettled weather expected.

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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

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