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Monday's live floodwatch
8:23am Monday 28th January 2013 in News
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- Melting snow combined with heavy snow in Wales at the weekend sent river levels rising rapidly in South Worcestershire.
- We'll be keeping an eye on the situation today.
- Text your news and pictures to 80360 WN News or tweet using #FloodWN. You can also add comments on to the end of this story, and email pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment at the end of this story.
Pic showing the water level at Worcester Bridge at approximately 5:30pm today. The river is still rising so please... http://t.co/vmEFdNrI— @myworcester 28 January 2013
Flood WARNING - River Severn at Clifton and Severn Stoke #worcestershire Levels will rise slowly till Wednesday http://t.co/pUlBu7yo— @DaveThroupEA 28 January 2013
Flood WARNING - River Severn Rectory Road #upton Levels will rise till Wed. Not expecting levels to be higher than xmas http://t.co/toKPnFbv— @DaveThroupEA 28 January 2013
Flood WARNING - River Severn Hanley Road #upton Levels will rise till Wed. Not expecting levels to be higher than xmas http://t.co/0pmjAU4J— @DaveThroupEA 28 January 2013
3 NEW flood warnings on River Severn at Clifton and Severn Stoke, Rectory Road & Hanley Road, Upton Upon Severn #Worcs http://t.co/SMuUdD9k— @EnvAgencyMids 28 January 2013
We're issuing 3 new flood warnings for the River Severn around #upton #worcestershire as levels continue to rise. Details follow— @DaveThroupEA 28 January 2013
#herefordshire and #worcestershire are busy areas for flood warnings at the moment. keep up to date with our flood map http://t.co/cNaYVo1t— @DaveThroupEA 28 January 2013
4 more flood warnings for the River Severn in #Gloucestershire as rising levels and high tides combine.— @DaveThroupEA 28 January 2013
What a miserable day! http://t.co/RCqEV83W— @WorcsCCC 28 January 2013
Snow gone, floods up. Please do not drive into floodwater. You can reach us via the Hanleys or from Malvern. #flooding— @ClivesFruitFarm 28 January 2013
Hanley Road #upton is still open but may not be for much longer. River very close. http://t.co/GiMSJjGW— @DaveThroupEA 28 January 2013
FAMILIAR SIGHT: Pumps are lowered into position in Hylton Road, St John's, Worcester, as flooding threatens the road again. Picture by Jonathan Barry, Worcester News
The Met Office has put some parts of the West Midlands on a yellow warning for rain tomorrow:
Further rain will spread northeastwards across Wales and South West England early on Tuesday, becoming heavy and persistent in places before clearing again overnight.
Given saturated ground, the public should be aware that further localised flooding and disruption to travel is likely.
The heaviest and most persistent rain is expected over Wales and southwest England with accumulations of 20 to 30mm expected widely, especially over higher ground.
.from @HAtraffic_wmids: MetOffice Warning of Rain for West Midlands http://t.co/qBRBExAm— @highwaysagency 28 January 2013
Skies getting dark over WN Towers, looks like that rain is on the way.... #FloodWN— @TarikAlrasheed 28 January 2013
New Street, Upton, closed due to flooding from A4104 High Street. Flood gates have been closed.
11:22am Mon 28 Jan 13
during the traditional english droughts we re instructed not to water the garden nor to take regular baths nor to wash the car on the drive. The EA recommended building snowmen last week to create a slow release of meltwater to reduce flood risk. Would it help the current situation if every household filled its baths, washed the salt from its cars and watered the shooting snowdrops and daffodils?
The river is inches away from spilling out on to the path and road next to the Worcester Racecourse #FloodWN— @Cat_Phillips 28 January 2013
Water now covering South Quay..what a difference a few hours makes #floodWN— @Cat_Phillips 27 January 2013
RT @DaveThroupEA: Flood barriers going back up at #bewdley this morning. We'd only just put them away! http://t.co/MstdUGSe— @HestercombeGdns 28 January 2013
Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service s encouraging people to take care on the roads after being called to several flood-related incidents yesterday evening in the Eardisley area.
Water First Responders from Leintwardine were called to reports of a woman stranded in her car in floodwater along the A438 near Willersley at 6.40pm, and the crew managed to push the vehicle out of the water to safety.
Crews from Eardisley and Leintwardine, including Water First Responders, were then called at 7.55pm to Letton, near Eardisley, where they rescued seven people from three vehicles stuck in flood water.
Just after 9.20pm, Water First Responders from Leintwardine rescued an elderly woman who was trapped in her car in flood water in Kinnersley.
Station Commander Alan Haley said: “With ice and melting snow, heavy rain forecast and several flood warnings in place across the two counties, it’s vital that motorists stay alert and take extreme care on the roads.”
He urged people to keep an eye on their local news and weather reports, and to heed any road closure or flood warnings they come across as they are driving. He also reminded people not to attempt driving through floodwater as there could easily be potholes or open drains hidden below the water.
JAMMED: Workmen clear debris wedged by floodwaters into the arches of Worcester Bridge.
CARRY ON REGARDLESS: Drivers ignore road closure signs to plough through floodwaters at Eckington Bridge, near Pershore. Picture by Paul Jackson, Evesham Journal
UNDER WATER AGAIN: Worman Gardens, Evesham. Picture by Paul Jackson, Evesham Journal
"And it's back! The water on Upton ham. The picture is from our garden." Picture from Karen Ashcroft via text 80360 WN News
The Environment Agency has sent operatives to Kempsey, near Worcester, to make sure the flood defence pump is working properly.
The pump's sensor, which is supposed to work automatically, failed during wet weather in November, causing part of the village to be flooded.
Since then, the agency has sent staff to mind the pumping station each time the river rises, to make sure the pump works properly.
Flood barriers going back up at #bewdley this morning. We'd only just put them away! http://t.co/MstdUGSe— @DaveThroupEA 28 January 2013
Am told by @EnvAgencyMids that Kempsey pump is being manually operated, Upton New Street gate closed, Tenbury debris cleared as rain ahead.— @HBaldwinMP 28 January 2013
THE A443 Hylton Road at Worcester will be closed from from 12.30pm to 2pm to allow the installation of pumping equipment.
THE Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the River Severn at Callow End and Court Meadow, Kempsey.
At 8.45am yesterday, the level at the Kempsey Gauge was 6.07 metres and rising slowly. A peak level of between 6.3 and 6.6 Meters is expected to occur on Tuesday.
The level at the Saxons Lode Gauge was 4.53 metres and rising. A peak level of between 4.6 and 5 metres is expected to occur on Tuesday.
The pumping station and scheme at Kempsey is operating normally.
The Met Office is reporting a bright start to today, but as the morning goes on, cloud, outbreaks of rain and strengthening winds will spread from the west, with rain turning heavy in places.
Tonight will remain windy, particularly at first, with rain quickly clearing south and some clearer spells developing. It will turn cloudier again through the early hours, with rain spreading from the south.
On Tuesday, outbreaks of rain will continue through the day, perhaps turning heavy at times with strong southwesterly winds. Clearer conditions will gradually spread from the north overnight.
Wednesday and Thursday will be windy with clear spells and blustery showers, heavy at times. Friday will be colder with outbreaks of rain, most persistent and heavy at times in the south.
Worcestershire County Council reports the following road closures due to flooding this morning.
They are the B4088 at Eckington Bridge, the C2022 Jubilee Bridge at Fladbury and Severnside North at Bewdley where flood barriers have been erected.
The following bus services are currently disrupted due to flooding
551 (Worcester – Pershore – Evesham): This service is currently operating to its Standard Flood Timetable due to flooding at Jubilee Bridge in Fladbury.
564 / 565 (Pershore – Evesham Village Hopper): This service is currently operating around 15-20 mins late due to a diversion the buses have had to take to start their routes this morning. The route itself should be unaffected and all parts will be served.
Information from Worcestershire County Council
Rapidly changing picture for flood warnings - web updates ev 15 mins with new warnings, alerts, and those removed http://t.co/EonHzzrk— @EnvAgencyMids 28 January 2013
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