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9:30am Monday 11th March 2013 in Letters
WHAT a relief it was to read David English’s letter (Ledbury Reporter, February) and to realise that I hadn’t been hallucinating when I drove down the Hanley Road towards Upton on January 2 and was confronted by a large expanse of water and a Road Closed sign.
My husband and I were travelling from Colwall to Pershore to meetfamily and friends for lunch.
We usually drive down the Hanley Road to Upton, over the bridge, across the Worcester/Tewkesbury road and on to Pershore – not so this time.
We had heard that Upton now had effective flood defences, indeed the Environment Secretary was in Upton on that very day admiring the defences.
There were notices saying that shops and businesses in Upton were open, and I’ve no doubt they were, but how did one get to them when all the roads on the Malvern side of Upton were flooded? We arrived in Pershore two hours late, having eventually crossed the river at Worcester. That was a mere inconvenience for us but while I appreciate that many Upton inhabitants are thankful not to be flooded on a regular basis. It seems obvious to me, and according to Mr English, many locals too, that if you block off the river in one place it will flood elsewhere.
And at the moment the ‘elsewhere’ are the roads into Upton.