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Flooding eases, but risk remains until new year
10:19am Sunday 30th December 2012 in News
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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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That's it for today.
More updates on this site on Monday.
Oh dear, bit of a boating error at #tewkesbury http://t.co/AC3QOLcS— @DaveThroupEA 30 December 2012
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.
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.
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.
RT @craigwilcox1978: @SARATewks @WestMidsSAR @julesthejourno @HWFire Joint tasking to reported incident Upton Upon Severn 4 boats launched http://t.co/gp4SeANp— @WestMidsSAR 30 December 2012
RT @DaveThroupEA: End of day 11 of this flood. Levels coming back up slowly at #worcester More rain tonight. Stay alert. http://t.co/7D4Jl9uA— @thunor1957 30 December 2012
More floods in Hereford http://t.co/vlW6YEiG— @paul1310 30 December 2012
RT @EnvAgencyMids: We will be putting up our temporary flood barriers at #Hereford this evening as a precaution #floodaware— @SOPH_C_ 30 December 2012
RT @DaveThroupEA: Slight change of plan! We're putting up our defences at #hereford this evening. Looks like a bit more rain in Wales so up as precaution— @spaceboyo 30 December 2012
RT @WestMidsSAR: Crew on route to assist @HWFire at Upton— @999Volunteers 30 December 2012
RT @WestMidsSAR: Team Callout, water search Upton Upon Severn— @999Volunteers 30 December 2012
Team Callout, water search Upton Upon Severn— @WestMidsSAR 30 December 2012
Flooding causing disruption to Kidderminster bus services: FLOODING is causing disruption to bus services in the... http://t.co/S97h42OZ— @ksshuttle 30 December 2012
More rain overnight and very high rivers means flood risk remains raised over west #midlands until New Year http://t.co/J9HQeZtU— @DaveThroupEA 30 December 2012
Click here for our gallery of Christmas floods 2012 pictures.
River Wye is huge at Holme Lacy Bridge #hereford Peaking now. http://t.co/6vUWj4LB— @DaveThroupEA 30 December 2012
Wye at #hereford peaking now. Won't put barriers up yet but watching tonights rain and will review later http://t.co/iWJ3hl9b— @DaveThroupEA 30 December 2012
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.
#rainWN #floods #Uckinghall Following rescue of stranded holidaymakers yesterday by WMSAR here is image of rented house http://t.co/gIhGqbya— @JoodiG 30 December 2012
Picture taken by Judy Gibson
#rainWN Thanks to WMSAR rescue of 12 from holiday house near Severn in Uckinghall today - wrong side of flood gate! http://t.co/8Ng63ETG— @JoodiG 29 December 2012
Following a few days with the river level dropping very slowly, it has risen since yesterday - http://t.co/9iD78HIb— @uptonuponsevern 30 December 2012
Sorry to say court and some of garden closed due to flooding. Canteen, playground, shop & church all still open today. Kx— @NTCroome 30 December 2012
Good morning. 90 flood warnings & 225 flood alerts in place (7am). These figures are updated every 15mins.http://t.co/67VF1OsR #floodaware— @EnvAgency 30 December 2012
Do you know the difference between a #flood warning and a #flood alert? Learn what the codes mean http://t.co/mayXHJAD to stay #floodaware— @EnvAgency 30 December 2012
River Lugg at #hereford still rising. Now overtopping banks and spilling into floodplain. http://t.co/T0cO3glK— @DaveThroupEA 30 December 2012
Remarkable sight at Lugg Bridge #hereford as Lugg overtops and fills the floodplain http://t.co/hN1O4tcG— @DaveThroupEA 30 December 2012
River Teme back up this morning but Powick defences still doing their job http://t.co/dJF86yPP— @DaveThroupEA 30 December 2012
Wye in #hereford peaking this morning, hopefully just lower than Christmas. We're keeping close eye on it. http://t.co/g2G0Nzr3— @DaveThroupEA 30 December 2012
RT @DaveThroupEA: Day 11. Mainly dry overnight and forecast rain for tonight and tomorrow is now less - which is nice!— @lizsweetmanWN 30 December 2012
No new flood warnings overnight. 32 warnings & 40 alerts remain in place. Details http://t.co/MwsOJaPE Map view htp://www.bit.ly/QEBvEI— @EnvAgencyMids 30 December 2012
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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