FLOODING is continuing to cause disruption in and around Upton this week.

The river-levels rising has caused Hanley Road on the way into town to be closed, along with a number of others nearby.

Worcestershire County Council's highways department confirmed the full list of roads to be closed.

They included Hanley Road and New Street.

Despite those closures, Upton Bridge remained open, as did the A4104 Marina Road, High Street, Old Street and the A4104 Tunnel Hill.

So far, the river has not risen over the top of the glass flood barriers on the waterfront, though the river is not expected to peak until later on Wednesday or on Thursday.

We reported last week how the long-awaited new pumping station is due to be built later this year.

This was confirmed by town mayor Cllr Henrietta Ross at a council meeting on February 15.

She said "Work at the pumping station was delayed, with work due to begin in late 2022 or early 2023.

"They are going to put in a new pipe at the pumping station to pump storm water back into the river.

"They are also going to install a new pipe at the sewage works."

The original plans from Severn Trent were to build a new pumping station at the back of the playing fields.

The current location is now not adequate for the larger pumps and storage needed, hence the building of a new pumping station rather than an upgrade to the existing one.

Severn Trent is currently waiting on contractors, meaning there is some uncertainty over the timescales for the work.

The previous seven-month timescale for the work now appears likely to take nine or ten months as the design has been changed since the original planning application.