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10:21pm

It all seems to have gone quiet so we'll end things there for tonight. We'll be back bright and early tomorrow morning to bring you the latest on flooding and weather disruption throughout Worcester and the surrounding area.

Stay safe and see you tomorrow. 

 

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Worcester and Upton both feature in this flooding pictures round-up on Buzzfeed. 

http://www.buzzfeed.com/matthewtucker/shocking-before-and-after-photos-of-uk-flooding

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The most shocking news of the day:
 

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Worcester News reporter Catherine Phillips sends an update on her day off...
 

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I'm back! More updates to follow...

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Right, I'm going to head home now but I'll continue to update the live blog once I get in. Keep sending/tweeting your photos and comments and remember to pick up another flood-packed copy of Worcester News tomorrow!

- Ian

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Even the mighty Dave Throup needs to put his feet up sometimes.
 

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At this point there can't be many people in Worcester who are not aware of the hard work put in by the Environment Agency's manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire Dave Throup.

Providing residents and media organisations in the region with a steady stream of updates through his twitter feed @DaveThroupEA, he’s become the go-to expert for all things flooding in Worcestershire.

The tireless Mr Throup has become so popular he’s even got his own Twitter-based fan club @DaveThroupFans which this evening is less than 100 away from hitting the 2,000 mark, despite having been set up only days ago.

Although the man himself has been decidedly modest about his ever-growing cache of adoring fans, it just goes to show the hard work of those who are fighting to keep us all dry does not go unrecognised.

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As if we didn't have enough to worry about...
 

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EMERGENCY teams from Severn Trent Water are working to minimise the impact of flooding across Worcestershire.

Ed O’Brian from the water provider said the company was working alongside the Environment Agency and Worcestershire County Council.

“We’ve already set up pumps to deal with the rising river levels in Hylton Road, Beales Corner, Waterside, Bewdley, and Diglis which are working extremely hard to take away the surplus water,” he said. “At the moment there are seven pumps out just on Hylton Road, and each one is pumping 80 litres of water per second.

“But as the situation is improving there, we are looking at moving some of these to another area.

“We are also adding extra pumps in Diglis to cope with the rising water there.

“In both of these areas we’re using larger pumps than usual, which may be noisy throughout the night.

“We’d like to apologise if these disturb local residents, but our priority is to remove as much floodwater as we can.

“In addition to the pumps we have working across the county, we also have teams working round the clock to set up sandbags and maintain the pumps.

“These teams are doing a great job, and are managing to stop a lot of the water. However, there’s so much rainwater filling the rivers, drains and sewers that it’s impossible to stop the flooding completely.

“The floods are also having an impact on our day-to-day work across Worcestershire.

“We’ve all seen how badly flooded the roads are across the county. This is making it very difficult for our teams to get out and about to do repairs in the local area.

"In addition to this, many of our sites are flooded themselves, making it difficult for us to access them and some of our equipment is completely submerged in floodwater, so is not currently working.

“With the river levels expecting to peak overnight on the Severn and more bad weather forecast we’re continuing to work 24 hours a day.

“If you do call our teams out to help you, we will do everything we can to get there as quickly as possible. But as we are dealing with very difficult weather conditions, we may take a bit longer than usual.

“We like to say sorry about this but please rest assured we are doing everything we can to try to get things back to normal.”

For more information visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk.

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Here's a close-up (for those interested) of BBC News's George Aligiah filming in Worcester.

He's near Browns.

Text sent by Rachel Ottaway, Worcester. 80360 WN News

Worcester News:

6:52pm

A FAMILY may as well be in the middle of a stormy sea as they are completely surrounded by raging flood water.

Fortunately Pixham House in Pixham Ferry Lane, Callow End is literally a flood fortress, protected by every conceivable type of flood defence which means the house, though girdled by fast-flowing flood water, is bone dry inside.

Your Worcester News reporter, James Connell made the journey with a search and rescue boat crew led by Richard Bailey who was out to check on the MacKellar family whose attractive 17th century house, once an inn in the Madresfield estate, looked more like an ocean liner adrift than a palatial country home.

For the full story click here.

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It's BBC News's George Aligiah filming in Worcester.

Lord knows what he's here for.

Text sent by Rachel Ottaway, Worcester. 80360 WN News

Worcester News:

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NURSES visiting patients in their homes across Worcestershire have embraced the Dunkirk spirit, keeping calm and carrying on despite flooding and bad weather.

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust’s district nursing team have been busy ensuring vulnerable people throughout the county have been getting the care they need.

Some have given up annual leave while others have battled through heavy traffic and others still have ditched the car and carried out their visits on foot.

June Howson from Warndon needs two visits a week to treat painful leg ulcers and said she was concerned when the River Severn burst its banks.

But the  87-year-old said she never had any doubt the team would continue to provide her with the care she needed.

“Our district nurses are wonderful,” she said.

“Whatever the weather I know they’ll get here with a smile on their face.

“Even with the problems in the city I never had any doubt the district nurse would get here, they always do, whatever the weather.

“Even when we had really heavy snow last year they got here – they are a fantastic team.”

District nurse team leader Julie Money praised her colleague’s work to make sure patients received the care they needed.

“The bridge closure did cause us some logistical problems but all the staff worked together to ensure patients haven’t noticed any changes and that all visits were made and on time,” she said.

“We have all got our wellington boots in our cars just in case we need them but the last few days shows just how important community services are to vulnerable people and of the resilience of district nursing teams.

“Some colleagues have offered to give up annual leave to come in and support the team and it really has been a case of all hands on deck and the Dunkirk spirit taking over to make sure disruption to services is minimal”.

Worcester News:

June Howson with Julie Money, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust’s District Nurse Team Leader

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The bad weather is having a knock-on effect on sport across Worcestershire as well...
 

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Worried you might have to spend the night in this weekend? Worcestershire County Council have just confirmed the free shuttle bus will continue to run until 4am on Friday and Saturday night!

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A WORCESTERSHIRE MP has urged the government to ensure councils and planning inspectors listen to the Environment Agency when considering new housing developments.

Peter Luff told Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles that advice on flooding has been ignored by councils in the past.

But the mid-Worcestershire MP was told by the minister that the number of developments in high-risk flood areas is at an all-time low, adding objections from the Environment Agency have been listened to on "99.3 per cent of occasions", a figure Mr Luff disputes.

“I find it difficult to believe the figures the Secretary of State gave in his answer," he said.

"I suspect the phrase "high-risk" is the problem and excludes many deeply worrying developments.

"We all know that the Agency's views are too often ignored or downplayed.

"It's just not fair on existing residents to have their flood risk increased by new developments in the wrong place.

“Given the awful flooding that we are experiencing across the country and here in Worcestershire, it is even more important that the Environment Agency's words of warning are listened to carefully."

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THREE senior bishops, including the Bishop of Worcester, have met with a government minister to discuss the impact of the floods.

The Rt Rev John Inge and the Bishops of St Albans and Peterborough met with Lord de Mauley, Minister at the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), to talk about action being taken to support affected communities, including those in Worcester.

The bishops also highlighted the actions that the churches are already taking in the flood affected areas.

“Whilst there have been some excellent new flood defences put in place in Worcestershire since 2007, the city of Worcester itself has once again been crippled by these floods," said Bishop John, who was joined by the Rt Rev Alan Smith, Bishop of St Albans, and the Bishop of Peterborough, Rt Rev Donald Allister.

"I pay tribute to the emergency services that are under increased pressure at this time, but it has to be recognised that there is very real concern about the future impact of flooding on the city.

"The economic and human cost of flooding is very great.”

The meeting followed a direct appeal by the Bishop of Taunton to the bishops in the House of Lords to raise the situation of flooding on the Somerset Levels, which has been badly affected by the winter deluge.

The bishops spoke about the experiences of people on the ground in various parts of the country, which had been brought to their attention by colleagues in other dioceses and churches.

They thanked the minister for all that government was already doing and praised the response of the emergency services and the voluntary sector.

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WORCESTER'S MP has praised the emergency services, local councils and the Environment Agency for their work during the floods suffered by the city this week.

Robin Walker, who visited flooded homes in Diglis Avenue on Monday, passed a message to the Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday asking him to ensure Worcester was high on the agenda when it came to discussions on the flooding experienced across the country.

He added: "This has been a very worrying time for my constituents and for businesses in Worcester who have suffered major disruptions from road closures, extra traffic and reduced footfall in the city centre.

"Of course such problems are only minor compared to the devastation that is suffered by people whose homes or businesses are flooded and I am grateful for the enormous hard work of the emergency services, local councils and the Environment Agency in protecting people from flooding to date. So far Worcester’s flood defences have performed well and hundreds of homes have been protected but with the river rising again, it is a worrying time.

"I am very proud of all the shops, restaurants and small businesses that have stayed open through all of this and they deserve the full support of local people. It is important to stress that even when the riverside is flooded, Worcester’s High Street is well above the water level and even where there are some roads closed, visitors are very welcome in most of the city centre. Worcester remains open for business and most parts of the city will continue to do so whatever happens with the flooding."

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Firefighters have rescued residents from Haw Bridge, Tewkesbury, and Sandhurst Lane in Gloucester so far today.

They were also called out to Sandhurst Lane to take engineers to a property where a gas tank was unsecure and to take a family back to their home to collect belongings and their cat.

Geoff Sallis, Acting Chief Fire Officer, said: “Our firefighters have been doing an excellent job rescuing residents who were trapped by floodwater in their homes and helping those that have already to leave their properties.

“We are on standby to help Gloucestershire’s residents and businesses and continue to work with our partners to keep people safe.”

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5:04pm Thu 13 Feb 14

citykid says

Great thanks to all the Enviroment Agency workers who are doing a fantastic job keeping us all informed on flood information, no doubt working long hours. Once again thank you

5:11pm

TROOPS could be in Worcester for at least a month.

Brigadier Gerhard Wheeler, who is leading the operation, said 100 troops from First Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment had landed in Worcester today, with about another 400 on standby if they were needed.

“Personally I haven’t seen anything quite like this,” he said.

“The local authorities have been doing a great job but keeping a system like this going for a long time is going to make them tired.

“At the moment I’m prepared to be here for at least a month but it depends on what the local authorities require.

“We expect to be on more of a campaign footing than a short exercise.”

He said troops would be helping out wherever they were needed including helping set up sandbags and flood defences, rescuing people from floodwater and wherever else they are needed.

5:04pm

Flood levels are not expected to begin to recede until the start of next week, Environment Agency manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire Dave Throup has said.

Mr Throup - who has become something of a local celebrity and even has his own fan club on Twitter with almost 2,000 followers - said the heavy rain forecast for tomorrow meant it would be some time before things got better.

“We are not expecting deterioration but things are going to stay more or less as they are for the next 48 hours,” he said.

“I would hope we would begin to see some improvement after the weekend.”

He said the levels were about on par with the flooding of 2000, but were difficult to compare with the situation in 2007 due to variations in levels at different points.

He reiterated the message that people should not attempt to walk through floodwater.

“It is a perennial problem,” he said.

“There may be sewage in it which is not a good idea to walk in.”

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3:41pm Thu 13 Feb 14

welshpricey says

Woohoo, power to the people. I take it all back Mr Cameron and you are a man of your word. Yesterday I posted about utilizing mod vehicles to travel through the flooded areas. At 2:59 today, guess what, they're going to use military vehicles to travel through flooded areas!!!

Now, if I can just get this crystal ball of mine to work on lottery numbers I'm laughing ;-)

4:55pm

TWO schools in Evesham are closing tomorrow due to the heavy rain forecast.

With the Met Office predicting up to 20mm of rain in some places, St Richard's First CofE School and Vale of Evesham School, both in Four Pools Lane, have taken the decision to close over fears they may have to evacuate staff and pupils in the event of flash flooding .

In a letter to parents, headteacher Elizabeth Spencer, of St Richards, said they had received a silver weather warning from county hall due to adverse weather conditions.

"They informed us the predicted adverse weather may result in significant flash flooding," she said.

She added the school has already had problems this week with staff getting into work from Malvern, Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Worcester and Cheltenham and if they did make it in tomorrow, they may not be able to get home.

Roger Randall, school administrator, said there was also a danger of flash flooding in the brook nearby.

"The brook at the end of the car park floods very quickly we've had problems in the past," he said. "We'd rather have children at home safe and sound then have them in school and have to try and evacuate them.

"Last year we went from what we considered a gentle flowing stream into a torrent in the space of a couple of hours."

Meanwhile, Vale of Evesham School is also closing over concerns there transport to get the children home could be disrupted.

Headteacher Ann Starr said: "Our issue is the children are transported to school and the authority can't guarantee they can get them home tomorrow if the weather deteriorates.

"We were trapped here in the floods in 2007. We were stuck here for two days."

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2:49pm Thu 13 Feb 14

newike says

Superb service from Worcester News keeping us all informed about the floods. Congratulations to all involved.

You're welcome!

4:54pm

CREWS from Malvern and Worcester Rescue service evacuated people and pets from a property in Hanley Road, Upton, yesterday.

Two adults, one teenager, two dogs and a cat were taken to safety as the floods in Hanley Road continued to cause misery.

A spokeswoman for Hereford and Worcester Fire Control confirmed a first response crew from Malvern attended the scene along with a crew from Worcester which provided an inflatable boat to complete the evacuation.

Hereford and Worcester were called to the scene at 11.35am and left the scene at around 1pm after making gas and electrical works safe by isolating them from the water.

The people were rescued from one of the Severn Cottages in Hanley Road, after several families also living in the Severn Cottages had already evacuated their homes.

A Malvern Hills District Council spokeswoman confirmed sand bags had been delivered to a property in Crimmand Road, Dunn’s Lane, Upton, where two adults and three children were residing.

Petrol was also given to them so they could continue to run their own pump, yesterday (Thursday, February 13)

4:51pm

The free shuttle bus over the river will continue to run as long as it is needed and it is safe to do so, Worcestershire County Council's highways manager John Fraser has said.

"We are looking at extending the hours at the weekend to help the night-time economy," he said.

"But the forecast isn't great for tomorrow so there may be more problems."

4:47pm

West Mercia Police Superintendant Mark Travis said he was "very pleased" by the response to the flooding.

"I welcome the involvement of the army," he said.

"We are coping well but because of the vehicles and skills they have it will provide reassurance.

"The message is to ask people to stay out of flood water."

 

4:27pm

Drivers urged to drive with care

Worcestershire County Council is reminding residents to take care when out on the roads this evening and tomorrow morning.

The Councils gritting teams will be out from 7pm tonight as road surface temperatures are due to dip just below freezing.

Residents are reminded that with any standing water and the drop in temperature can increase the risk of ice and therefore to adjust their driving according to the road conditions.

The Met office has forecast the possibility of some sleet and snow over higher ground, and patches of hoar frost.

Our highways teams are continuing to respond to various issues and working hard to keep the county open, whilst keeping people safe.

Drivers are also being reminded that driving in floodwater significantly increases risk. If water has flooded across a section of road it may be difficult to tell exactly how deep it is.  If you do come across a road that is flooded do not attempt to drive through the flood water.  This not only has the potential to put yourself and other people in serious danger, it could also damage your vehicle.

If you spot any problems on the roads, please get in touch via the online 'Report It' section of the County Council's website.

Residents can find out the latest on river flooding and the weather by visiting the Environment Agency and Met Office websites.

 

4:24pm

Park and Ride Free this weekend to provide relief in Worcester

Residents and visitors to Worcester City Centre will now be able to access the City a little easier this weekend after Worcestershire County Council announced it will be providing its Park and Ride service for Free all weekend. (Sat/Sun 15/16).

The Park and Ride Service from Perdiswell will run from 7am until 7pm throughout the weekend, both Saturday and Sunday this week, offering regular buses in and out of the City Centre.

Peter Blake, Head of Integrated Transport said: "During these extreme circumstances, where it is very difficult to commute across the City, let alone find somewhere to park, we are offering the service free of charge as our ongoing commitment to ensuring Worcester remains Open for Business".
Worcestershire County Council, working with its partner The Environment Agency, is constantly monitoring river levels and will re-open Worcester Bridge as soon as it safe to do so. The Shuttle bus will continue to run over the weekend as long as needed to help keep things moving and as long as river conditions allow.
Residents are reminded the road situation changes rapidly and drivers are urged to drive with caution, Listen to the local radio stations and Keep checking the county council's road closure pages which are regularly updated.
 

4:14pm

Think Floyd, the Pink Floyd tribute act set to appear at the Swan Theatre tomorrow (Friday), have postponed.

Forecasts of another almighty storm tomorrow were just another brick in the wall preventing them appearing.

The show will now take place on March 13 instead.

Well, Think Floyd, we wish you were here...

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MALVERN’S largest high school will be closed tomorrow as forecasters predict the county will be battered by bad weather.


The Chase School, in Geraldine Road, has been sending texts and emails to parents this afternoon alerting them to the closure.


The school has about 1,600 pupils.

Writing on the school website, headteacher Richard Jacobs said: “We believe there is a high risk of major disruption to travel due to adverse weather conditions.


“Having carried out a thorough risk assessment, we believe that it is highly probable that many of our students will be unable to travel home safely and there is a real risk that parents may find it very difficult to collect students from school during the day should the need arise.


“With regret, therefore, we have made the decision to close the school to all students and staff on Friday,  February 14 as we feel it is the only safe and sensible option.”

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Tewkesbury Borough Council will not be enforcing in its Tewkesbury town car parks from today and over the weekend.

Tewkesbury Borough Council’s Lead Member for Economic Development and Promotion Cllr Dave Waters said: “Alongside providing free filled sandbags to vulnerable properties and areas across the borough, due to the current exceptional circumstances, we will not be enforcing in our council-owned car parks from today and over the weekend. Alongside our partner agencies, we are continuing to do all we can to support our residents and businesses during this time.”

We have issued approx. 6500 sandbags over the past four days, and alongside ensuring vulnerable areas across the borough are supported with free filled sandbags, we have also three filled sandbag pick up locations in Tewkesbury:
• Tewkesbury Borough Council offices
• Tewkesbury School
• Tewkesbury Baptist Church.

 

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THE military has been deployed to Worcester to help with the ongoing battle against the extreme weather.


The Ministry of Defence has sent troops and specialist equipment including vehicles capable of driving through up to 1.5 metres of water as the city continues to suffer from severe flooding.


South Worcestershire police commander Mark Travis welcomed the new recruits to Worcester's cause.


"The military’s deployment to Worcester is a welcome addition to extend our capability in what is a complex and large scale event," he said. "In addition to providing logistical support, they will also help increase the visible presence on the ground. We know that local residents find a visible presence of this nature very reassuring.


“We also welcome the fact that they will be on hand to support other agencies with visits to people and properties that are thought be vulnerable and helping them in any way they can.


“Finally, can I just take this opportunity to ask people to behave responsibly and not put themselves at risk by getting to close to the water.


“The emergency services really need to focus their attention on helping those people who are vulnerable due to the extreme weather conditions and not because of their own actions.”

2:01pm

For all you busy brides out there, unfortunately the 'I Will' wedding show planned for this Sunday at Worcestershire County Cricket Club, in New Road, Worcester, has become the 'I Won't' wedding show, as it has been cancelled, due to the obvious impact of the adverse weather at the ground.

A new date for the show will be announced soon, however, and we'll let you know.

1:56pm

This statement has just been issued by the University of Worcester.

Students will have to abandon their Countdown marathons as lectures will be back tomorrow!

"Teaching at the University of Worcester will resume tomorrow (Friday).

"Due to the significant flooding in Worcester, the decision was made yesterday to cancel all of today's classes, although the University has remained open.

"The University Arena and the Riverside building will remain closed on Friday, due to the restricted access caused by the ongoing closure of Hylton Road. Any teaching scheduled to take place in these buildings will be relocated to the St John’s campus. The Garage building, which is accessible from Hardwicke Close, will reopen tomorrow.

"All other University facilities, including St John's Campus, The Hive and City Campus are operating normally and will remain open."

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12:07pm Thu 13 Feb 14

welshpricey says

What is that really weird thing in the sky and this warm, cosy feeling you get whenever the light from it hits you???? Forgotten what the sun looked like!!

12:58pm

Engineers from Western Power Distribution (WPD), the electricity distributor for Worcester, have been closely monitoring water levels at substations in flood affected areas between Kidderminster and Upton on Severn.

Local engineers have been working around the clock since last week to safeguard electricity supplies to thousands of customers in the area. 

Projects Manager Mick Dunne explained: “We have spent over £500,000 on flood prevention measures at substations sites in Worcestershire over the last two years. New substations near watercourses have been built on stilts as a precaution and buildings housing electrical equipment have had flood defence doors and membranes fitted.

“WPD has also invested in a number of specially adapted Emergency Response Vehicles which are capable of pumping away 1,500 gallons of water per minute. WPD employees have undertaken training to enable them to use the vehicles safely, which have proved to be very useful in these conditions.”

One of the vehicles has been to put to good use at several substation sites in the city of Worcester this week. Sandbags have also been placed around several substations as a precautionary measure.

Worcester distribution manager Dave Park-Davies said:  “The main issue that we are experiencing is a high volume of faults caused by the inclement weather and access difficulties caused by the traffic. Everywhere is gridlocked and no one can get across the river at the moment. Many key roads are completely blocked and getting to some of our substations is proving very difficult; it’s very challenging.”

Worcester News:

WPD’s Mark Picken pumping water out of a substation close to the retail park in the St Johns area with WPD’s emergency response vehicle.

Worcester News:

WPD’s Mark Picken, Paul Hodgkiss and Jim Lawton pumping water out of a substation close to the retail park in the St Johns area with WPD’s emergency response vehicle.

Worcester News:

WPD’s Mark Picken, Paul Hodgkiss and Jim Lawton pumping water out of a substation close to the retail park in the St Johns area with WPD’s emergency response vehicle.

12:52pm

Hearing residents at John Gwynn Court in Newport Road, who were evacuated yesterday, have returned home. I'll pop by later this afternoon to chat to the people living there and see how they're coping.

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Hello all.

The Environment Agency, West Mercia Police and Worcestershire County Council are holding a briefing at the newly set-up mobile police station on Worcester Bridge at 1.30pm. I'll be on the scene seeing what the latest is.

- Ian

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12:07pm Thu 13 Feb 14

welshpricey says

What is that really weird thing in the sky and this warm, cosy feeling you get whenever the light from it hits you???? Forgotten what the sun looked like!!

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12:21pm

Some useful advice about sandbags is available on the Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service website www.hwfire.org.uk

12:14pm

I'm now handing the blog over to my colleague Ian Craig. Keep tuning in for all the latest news in and around Worcester.

Thanks for following. Neil

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In response to the major issues being caused by the ongoing severe weather conditions across the country, West Mercia Police have today launched a dedicated internet page on their website to give all the latest updates and advice to residents across their own force area.

The page can be accessed from the home page on the official West Mercia Police website and as well as offering useful advice on how to keep safe during the extreme conditions, it will also have links to various external websites where people can find out all the latest travel information and weather forecasts, and also any updates on school closures across the counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire.

The dedicated internet page can be found at the following link - http://www.westmercia.police.uk/flooding.html - but local people are reassured the force will continue to release information via the official Twitter account, @wmerciapolice, and also on the West Mercia Police Facebook page at www.facebook.com/westmerciapolice.

12:00pm

Students will be returning to their lectures from tomorrow as the university will be restarting classes.

 

A statement from the University of Worcester said: "Teaching at the University of Worcester will resume tomorrow (Friday).

"Due to the significant flooding in Worcester, the decision was made yesterday to cancel all of today's classes, although the University has remained open.

"The University Arena and the Riverside building will remain closed on Friday, due to the restricted access caused by the ongoing closure of Hylton Road. Any teaching scheduled to take place in these buildings will be relocated to the St John’s campus. The Garage building, which is accessible from Hardwicke Close, will reopen tomorrow.

"All other University facilities, including St John's Campus, The Hive and City Campus are operating normally and will remain open."

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A different kind of thoroughbred messing around on the river at Worcester Racecourse.

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Unconfirmed reports of a giant, burning star appearing in the sky.

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Enjoy some light relief this evening.

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10:41am Thu 13 Feb 14

Pomygranit says

10:30: Chris Eakin BBC presenter in Worcester describes a "city divided in two by the swelling of the river". The River Severn hit record levels overnight, and is still rising.

Can Mr Eakin go back to London,instead of standing in some water pointing out the obvious. Tthere is still transport across the river people are managing, we could do without his alarmist rhetoric

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The following road / bridge closures are currently in place due to the recent heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding:

WORCESTER:

  •     Sabrina Bridge closed to pedestrians
  •     New Road closed to pedestrians
  •     Diglis Bridge closed to pedestrians
  •     A44 North Parade, Worcester
  •     A443 Hylton Road, Worcester
  •     Waverley Street, Worcester

MALVERN HILLS:

  •     Upton Bridge
  •     C2099 New Street, Upton-on-Severn
  •     B4211 Hanley Road, Upton-on-Severn
  •     Chapel Lane (U6224) Bransford
  •     Sherridge Lane between Leigh Sinton and Suckley now closed
  •     B4196 from Holt Heath to Astley
  •     A443 Lindridge
  •     A443 Newnham Bridge and Lindridge - diversion onto A456 at Newnham Bridge

WYCHAVON:

  •     Temporary footbridge, Abbey Road, Evesham
  •     Shell Ford (Bradley Green to Himbleton)
  •     Walcot Ford (Pershore to Drakes Broughton)
  •     Icknield Street (C2170) at the junction with Primrose Hill
  •     Little Owl Lane, off A449 at Ombersley
  •     Eckington Bridge
  •     Trench Lane between Shafland Cross and Grafton Flyford
  •     Ford Land near Droitwich between A38 & Crutch Lane
  •     Woodbury Lane, Norton

BROMSGROVE:

  •     B4188 Drayton Road, Belbroughton


WYRE FOREST:

  •     Switchback - Bewdley - Stourport
  •     Bewdley Bridge
  •     B4195 Stourport Road, Bewdley (from junction with Beale's Corner, Stourport Road to junction with Westbourne Street)
  •     Lincomb Lane, Stourport
  •     Gilgal, Stourport, is open (both lanes) and it is Baldwin Road (U1132) at the junction with Worcester Road near the Gilgal which is closed.

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11:20am

These chaps will still be turning out in force this weekend despite the floods.

Worcester Re-enactors' Living History event at the Commandery in Sidbury is going ahead on Saturday and Sunday.

Visitors to the attraction will be treated to a weekend of 2,000 years of history including  the ancient Greeks, Vikings, Zulu wars, the two world wars and much more.

Organised in oartnership with Museums Worcestershire in partnership it celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the Living History event.

The event is the biggest of its kind in the region and this year will welcome more than 150 re-enactors.  Activities will include:

• Living history encampments;
• Show and tell displays inside;
• Military drill displays for the periods;
• Examples of civilian life with demonstrations of crafts and utensils, plus a display showing how the civilian population coped with shortages in daily 1940s life;
• A fully working World War II RAF emergency operations room depicting an air raid by the Luftwaffe over the south coast of England;
• A pre-cinema Victorian magic lantern show;
• 17th century court room scene;
• Multi period fashion display with the opportunity to wear some of the clothes;
• Military and vintage vehicles on show;
• Vikings will show that they were craftsmen as well as warriors, other re-enactors will show how clothing was made and how people entertained themselves with period games;
• Period dance demonstrations;
• A 1940s public house, The Wheatsheaf – open all weekend.

Brian Bullock of Worcester Re-enactors said : “Encouraging a love of history and engaging with the public is at the heart of what we do.  At Bell square we will be giving people a taste of the Living History event where we will be recreating some fascinating periods of history in a dynamic environment.  Come along and find out more!”

A ‘walking bus’ will be in operation from The Guildhall to The Commandery on both days, accompanied by a costumed guide, on the hour from 11am to 3pm.

Worcester News:

11:10am

Fire crews from Malvern and Ledbury rescued a woman whose car had become trapped in floodwater just outside Ledbury yesterday.

The call to emergency services came at about 8.40pm on Wednesday from the woman who had become stuck at Worcester Road, just outside the town.

A fire engine from Ledbury and the water first responder team from Malvern were sent to the scene and used specialised water rescue devices, including inflatables, to get the woman out of the car and to safety.

The woman was checked over by paramedics who had arrived on the scene, and did not need treatment.

The incident was over by about 9.20pm.

11:08am

 
This concert has bitten the dust. But take a look at Worcester Live for information and tickets for the new date of Wednesday, April 23.

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10:34am

Worcester City Council is asking people to leave their bins out if it hasn't been emptied on the usual day.

Their collection teams are battling very tough conditions due to the floods.

10:33am

Reminder: The Worcestershire Hub has opened up an additional customer contact centre at St John's Library to deal with council related enquiries.

This additional centre will be available until Friday between 9am until 5pm, and will be reviewed again on Friday.

10:32am

Several city centre car parks are closed because of flooding or road closures.

Pitchcroft, Cattle Market, Croft Road, Newport Street and Tybridge Street car parks are all, unsurprisingly, closed.

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10:26am

The temporary Abbey Bridge footbridge in Evesham has been closed by Worcestershire County Council has been closed in the last few minutes.

Anyone planning to walk that way should find alternative routes.

10:22am

Yesterday Worcestershire County Council placed a slab of stone at the entrance to Worcester bus station in CrownGate shopping centre amid concerns the ground was becoming eroded.

Buses leaving the station are driving over a temporary stone flooring after a small dip started to appear due to the weather.

10:18am

There are lots of reports regarding the river Severn reaching record high levels in Worcester but it is worth bearing this is mind for clarity.

Yesterday, Dave Throup of the Environment Agency said the city's Barbourne gauge may have recorded its highest level but it was only installed in 2005.

While the Diglis gauge sat at the fifth highest level in records dating back to 1862, measuring half a metre lower than 1947.

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9:24am Thu 13 Feb 14

jovialcommonsense says

Re 9.18am.
He sat on the postcard and floated down river?

9:58am

 
Do something neighbourly during these tough times. The Worcester community seems to be pulling together very nicely indeed.

9:55am

According to the Environment Agency there is a medium flood risk on the river Severn in Worcestershire for the next three days.

This means flooding is expected and people should remain vigilant and ensure they have access to the latest weather forecast.

Consider re-scheduling your journey. Don’t drive or walk through flood water.

Think about preparing for flooding and take precautions where possible.

Check flood warnings.

9:50am

CrownGate shopping centre has confirmed the bus station is continuing to run limited services and the car park remains closed.

However, the shops are open and trading as usual.

9:46am

Homes and business drawing water from private water supplies such as wells, springs and boreholes are being warned to pay extra attention to their water during periods of heavy rain and flooding.

Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) is warning that under very wet conditions, such water sources can become contaminated as sediment and organic matter including animal droppings may be washed into the water.

The warning also applies to collecting spring water from public spouts fed by private supplies.

Water treatment systems used to keep private water supplies safe, such as ultra violet light systems, can be seriously affected due to the discolouration of the water and clogging of filters.

If the colour, taste or odour of your water changes it should not be used for drinking or food preparation unless it has been boiled. It should continue to be boiled before use until the system has been checked by a competent person. For general advice contact WRS on 01905 822799 or wrsenquiries@worcsregservices.gov.uk.

WRS Joint Committee Chairman Cllr Lucy Hodgson said: “Even if you are used to more variation in your private supply than people on the mains, please take extra precautions during the extremely wet weather.“It is particularly important to check the water from public spouts, which in these conditions may be at higher risk.”

Emergency supplies are available in the event of a water supply being badly affected. Enquire either to your local water company or to suppliers of emergency bowsers and bottled water.

Household or business insurance policies may provide for reimbursement of costs, but it is essential to check this with your insurer.

9:44am

The Pavilion in the Park at Cripplegate Park is closed again today.

9:34am

The river Severn in Worcester is still rising, according to the Environment Agency's Dave Throup. Says the word "appalling" doesn't even describe the conditions in the city.

9:18am

 
He made it! Answers of how Dave Throup got into the city centre on a postcard please.
 
Unfortunately he does bring news that the river level remains steadily high.

9:15am

 
More praise for the shuttle bus service. This time from Worcester's MP, Robin Walker.

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This little fellow seems to be otterly enjoying all this wet weather.

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8:58am Thu 13 Feb 14

welshpricey says

For a bit more fun the A438 from j9 of the M5 into Tewkesbury has now been shut due to flooding. No taking short cuts that way to get back into Worcester I'm afraid!!!

Yet more travel woes.

9:04am

 
A handy number for anyone who has been unfortunate enough to be flooded.

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8:48am Thu 13 Feb 14

TANNER1 says

Looking at the steps of the old Russell & Dorrell or where they should be it looks about on par with 2007.I did not think it would hit those same levels

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Confirmation of my belief that riding the shuttle bus is a bit like being on a fairground ride.
 
That's our Alicia Kelly making her way to the office.

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8:16am Thu 13 Feb 14

welshpricey says

Morning all,

floods by the nash in kempsey has now subsided and fallen tree has been cut up. The A38 through Severn Stoke is still flooded but it passable with care. Just after you have gone through the floods there is a small tree on the road but again passable with care then plain sailing out to the M50 roundabout.

Malverns look nice with snow on them, although 3 year old was again not happy that she didn't have any to play with!!!

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8:33am

 
An update for fans of Worcester Wolves who are currently sitting pretty at the top of the British Basketball League.
 
They will be back in their old St John's home for their match against Glasgow Rocks on Friday.

8:30am

 
Worcester's main routes are open but plan ahead.

8:29am

National Express reporting services from Worcester's main bus station are running as normal.

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Riversides School in Worcester will be closed today.

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Remember, remember.

8:13am

Both lanes on the Gilgal in Stourport are now open but Baldwin Road remains closed.

8:10am

 
More proof that Dave is actually a superhero?

8:09am

With those couple of roads re-opening, this is current picture of closures around Worcestershire as of 8am:

  •     Sabrina Bridge closed to pedestrians
  •     New Road closed to pedestrians
  •     Diglis Bridge closed to pedestrians
  •     Switchback - Bewdley - Stourport
  •     Bewdley Bridge
  •     Upton Bridge
  •     A44 North Parade, Worcester
  •     Temporary footbridge, Abbey Road, Evesham
  •     A443 Hylton Road, Worcester
  •     B4195 Stourport Road, Bewdley (from junction with Beale's Corner, Stourport Road to junction with Westbourne Street)
  •     C2099 New Street, Upton-on-Severn
  •     B4211 Hanley Road, Upton-on-Severn
  •     Shell Ford (Bradley Green to Himbleton)
  •     Walcot Ford (Pershore to Drakes Broughton)
  •     Lincomb Lane, Stourport
  •     Tybridge Street, Worcester
  •     Croft Road, Worcester
  •     Castle Street, Worcester
  •     Icknield Street (C2170) at the junction with Primrose Hill
  •     Little Owl Lane, off A449 at Ombersley
  •     Eckington Bridge
  •     Chapel Lane (U6224) Bransford
  •     Gilgal is open (one lane) and it is Baldwin Road (U1132) at the junction with Worcester Road near the Gilgal which is closed – inspectors are going out again to check exactly what is the situation.
  •     B4188 Drayton Road is closed
  •     Stocks Lane (C2206) Malvern to Leigh Sinton has been closed again
  •     B4196 from Holt Heath to Astley has been closed
  •     A443 Lindridge is now closed
  •     Sherridge Lane between Leigh Sinton and Suckley now closed
  •     A443 Newnham Bridge and Lindridge - diversion onto A456 at Newnham Bridge
  •     Waverley Street, Worcester
  •     Trench Lane between Shafland Cross and Grafton Flyford
  •     Ford Land near Droitwich between A38 & Crutch Lane
  •     Woodbury Lane, Norton

8:06am

Stocks Lane in Newland, Malvern, has also re-opened.

8:03am

A slight reprieve on the roads.

The A4103 at Bransford has re-opened.

7:59am

 
Severn Trent Water also on hand.

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7:48am

Worcestershire County Council has reported it expects the Crowngate shopping centre bus station to remain open today.

7:35am

Christopher Whitehead Language College is having a late opening of 9.15am this morning.

7:27am

 
Our very own Steph Preece will be using the shuttle bus service to get into WN towers today.
 
I - that is Neil Watts (should have introduced myself an hour ago) - used it four times yesterday and it was brilliant. Full credit to the county council for setting it up and the gallows humour and chatty locals made it bizarrely enjoyable in spite of the conditions.

7:23am

Riverboats Children's Centre in Upton will be closed today, Worcestershire County Council has confirmed.

7:20am

The Environment Agency is still predicting a peak level of between 5.6 and 5.8 metres on the river Severn in Worcester this morning.

An update on this is expected at 1pm or if the situation changes.

Meanwhile in Diglis, a peak of between 4.9 and 5.2 metres is expected.

7:12am

For any of our readers who may be venturing into Herefordshire today, here is the latest information on road closures and diversions from Herefordshire Council.

Click here for the situation as of 6.50am.

7:08am

 
And so it begins...

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The county council is working hard to keep you informed. Give them a follow, too.

7:03am

A yellow warning for rain has been issued by the Met Office for Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

It is currently valid from 6am tomorrow until noon on Saturday.

What does the colour mean?

Yellow: Be aware. Severe weather is possible over the next few days and could affect you. Yellow means that you should plan ahead thinking about possible travel delays, or the disruption of your day to day activities. The Met Office is monitoring the developing weather situation and Yellow means keep an eye on the latest forecast and be aware that the weather may change or worsen, leading to disruption of your plans in the next few days.

6:53am

 
Fingers crossed for our reporter Cat Phillips and everyone else out there who has travel plans today.

6:49am

I've just had my first cuppa of the day, so let's have a look at what the Met Office are predicting for tomorrow.

Dry at first but cloud will increase from the south bringing heavy rain and strong winds by late morning. Gales are possible. Rain should become more showery by the evening. Maximum Temperature 9 °C.

6:43am

Understandably the buses are still facing a lot of disruption at the moment.

Click here for all the latest information from Worcestershire County Council.

6:41am

The Met Office has forecast a cold start to the day - it's currently a touch above 2C outside - with frosty conditions in places. BUT plenty of dry weather is expected throughout the day!

A few showers are possible, heavy and wintry at times, and it will stay quite cold and windy. Maximum Temperature 6 °C.

Tonight the showers will clear during the evening and winds will ease giving clearer intervals and low temperatures. Patchy frost in places by morning. Minimum Temperature 0 °C.

6:32am

A quick reminder that Hanley Castle High School and Upton-upon-Severn CE Primary School are closed today and tomorrow.

6:29am

The following road and bridge closures are currently in place due to the recent heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding:

  •     Sabrina Bridge closed to pedestrians
  •     New Road closed to pedestrians
  •     Diglis Bridge closed to pedestrians
  •     Switchback - Bewdley - Stourport
  •     Bewdley Bridge
  •     Upton Bridge
  •     A44 North Parade, Worcester
  •     Temporary footbridge, Abbey Road, Evesham
  •     A443 Hylton Road, Worcester
  •     B4195 Stourport Road, Bewdley (from junction with Beale's Corner, Stourport Road to junction with Westbourne Street)
  •     C2099 New Street, Upton-on-Severn
  •     B4211 Hanley Road, Upton-on-Severn
  •     Shell Ford (Bradley Green to Himbleton)
  •     Walcot Ford (Pershore to Drakes Broughton)
  •     Lincomb Lane, Stourport
  •     Tybridge Street, Worcester
  •     Croft Road, Worcester
  •     Castle Street, Worcester
  •     A4103 at Bransford by the Bank House, Sherridge Lane (C2227)
  •     Icknield Street (C2170) at the junction with Primrose Hill
  •     Little Owl Lane, off A449 at Ombersley
  •     Eckington Bridge
  •     Chapel Lane (U6224) Bransford
  •     Gilgal is open (one lane) and it is Baldwin Road (U1132) at the junction with Worcester Road near the Gilgal which is closed – inspectors are going out again to check exactly what is the situation.
  •     B4188 Drayton Road is closed (NEW UPDATE)
  •     Stocks Lane (C2206) Malvern to Leigh Sinton has been closed again
  •     B4196 from Holt Heath to Astley has been closed
  •     A443 Lindridge is now closed
  •     Stocks Lane Malvern now closed
  •     Sherridge Lane between Leigh Sinton and Suckley now closed
  •     A443 Newnham Bridge and Lindridge - diversion onto A456 at Newnham Bridge
  •     Waverley Street, Worcester
  •     Trench Lane between Shafland Cross and Grafton Flyford
  •     Ford Land near Droitwich between A38 & Crutch Lane
  •     Woodbury Lane, Norton

Motorists are urged not to drive into floodwater because of the possibility of hidden hazards.

6:26am

Good morning, your Worcester News live blog is now back up and running. Stick with us for all the latest news and information on today's weather.

Here is your starter for 10:

Worcestershire County Council's free shuttle bus service from the Bull Ring in St John's to Broad Street will take people across Worcester Bridge from 7am as long as it is safe to do so.

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That's all for tonight.

Thanks, as always, for all your contributions.

We'll be back again first thing tomorrow to bring you up to date with the lastest flooding and travel situation.

10:47pm

Video posted by Fran Sheridan via www.facebook.com/theworcesternews

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6:51pm Wed 12 Feb 14

TANNER1 says

I worked at Russell & Dorrells When we had the floods in 2007 this looks like its going to be Worse. I remember on the Saturday morning when the flood water came into the car park it was almost surreal. We had a clearance marque that week and we lost all the stock. Its strange seeing all the photos this time.

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Tomorrow's front page. I dare you to miss this one!

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Croft Road, Worcester, a few minutes ago. By Anna Tout via www.facebook.com/theworcesternews

Worcester News:

6:43pm

Scrap that - apparently London Midland won't be accepting today's tickets tomorrow, unless passengers are instructed otherwise. They apologise for issuing the incorrect information.

Bah humbug!

 

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6:32pm

London Midland is allowing tickets for travel today to be used on services tomorrow.

6:29pm

A motorist had a lucky escape earlier today when a tree came crashing down on their bonnet and smashed their windscreen.

The incident happened jsut before 4pm on the A443 near Witley Court and the female driver saw the falling tree and was able to brake hard, meaning much of it missed the car.

She was not injured but was said to have been left shaken up.

Inspector Janet Heritage, Wychavon safer neighbourhood inspector for West Mercia Police, said: "Thanks to a passing motorist who stopped and luckily had a chainsaw on board and was able to cut the tree up and get it off the road and assisted in clearing up the debris to allow the road to re-open quite quickly."

6:24pm

The Environment Agency has confirmed its Barbourne gauge in Worcester, which was installed in 2005, has recorded its highest level and the level for their Diglis gauge is the fifth highest in records dating back to 1862 and it measured half a metre lower than 1947.

6:17pm

The A443 at Newnham Bridge and Lindridge, near Tenbury Wells, is now closed with a diversion onto the A456 at Newnham Bridge.

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Taken 12/2/14 hylton rd near railway arch. This pic amused me, Natalie. Sent by text to WN News 80360

Worcester News:

6:10pm

Diglis half and hour a go. By Sophie Probert via www.facebook.com/theworcesternews

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6:03pm

A COURAGEOUS boat crew today staged a dramatic rescue of marooned homeowners as parts of Callow End were cut off by rising flood waters.

In torrential wind, rain and hail a rescue boat crew manned by freelance search and rescue crew Richard Bailey and Mark Harrison came to the aid of four residents of Beauchamp Lane.

Full details of this dramatic story are in tomorrow's Worcester News

 

Worcester News:

6:02pm

HOMES and businesses in Worcestershire drawing water from private supplies such as well, springs and boreholes are being warned to be extra careful during periods of heavy rain and flooding.

In periods of very wet weather such as is being experienced throughout the county at the moment water sources can become cotaminated by sediment and orgnaic matter such as animal droppings.

Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) said this evening water treatment systems used to keep private water supplies safe, such as ultra violet light systems, can also be seriously affected due to the discolouration of the water and clogging of filters.

If the colour, taste or odour of water has changed it should not be used for drinking or food preparation unless it has been boiled.

It should continue to be boiled before use until the system has been checked.

WRS joint committee chairman Cllr Lucy Hodgson said: “Even if you are used to more variation in your private supply than people on the mains please take extra precautions during the extremely wet weather.

“It is particularly important to check the water from public spouts, which in these conditions may be at higher risk.”

Emergency supplies are available in the event of a water supply being badly affected from water companies as well as suppliers of emergency bowsers and bottled water.

Household or business insurance policies may cover the costs involved.

For advice contact WRS on 01905 822799 or wrsenquiries@worcsregservices.gov.uk

5:55pm

The A456 at Newnham Bridge with the junction Talbot Inn, near Tenbury Wells, is now closed.

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The AA’s severe weather team, AA Special Operations, is urging drivers in flood-risk areas to move their vehicles to higher ground as its flood rescue crews report “hundreds” of cars stricken in the rising waters.

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5:02pm Wed 12 Feb 14

moonpig says

I think the council, EA, police and everyone involved are doing a brilliant job I just have one query/suggestion. Would it not be possible to have traffic control on the sticking points for the only crossings in the city? I was queuing for 40 mins to turn into Holt Heath this morning and my husband is stuck at Whittington trying to get onto the bypass. Lots of drivers are being considerate but there are as many who block junction boxes or don't let others join the flow of traffic. Having a human being directing the traffic at these points would really ease the (understandable and inevitable) congestion and stop tempers from flaring.

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5:32pm

Met Office forecasters have issued a red national severe weather warning for stormy conditions across the UK this afternoon and evening.

The strongest winds are expected across Wales and northern England with gusts of 80 to 100mph in some exposed western areas.

A red warning from the Met Office means that we need to take action to keep ourselves and others safe from the impacts of the weather.

Widespread disruption to travel and other services is likely. All of us should consider changing our plans and avoiding dangerous areas.

Paul Davies, Met Office chief meteorologist, said: "The winds through Wednesday afternoon and evening will be damaging and will bring down trees, causing travel disruption and disruption to power networks.

"We advise everyone to stay up to date with Met Office Severe weather warnings and the latest details from our UK forecast during this time of particularly unsettled weather."

Thursday will see generally less windy weather, with some scattered squally showers which could be wintry at times.

Another storm will follow on Friday.

The continuing wet conditions and further rainfall will bring the risk of more flooding impacts.

As well as this some very strong winds are possible with perhaps 80 mph gusts along the south coast into Saturday morning bringing a risk of disruption to this area.

5:26pm

London Midland is planning to start running services from Ledbury again after engineers managed to drain floodwaters from the line.

More to follow on this update.

5:25pm

The 382 bus (Worcester – Norton – Littleworth – Defford – Eckington – Pershore) service has now been suspended due to flooding.

5:02pm

Staff and councillors at Malvern Hills District Council have been working hard to support residents and businesses across the district during the current flooding. 

The council, which is working closely with parish councils and a variety of key agencies, has had teams on the ground across the district over the past few days.

Their teams have been constantly monitoring the situation and carrying out patrols in varied locations, including Upton, Kempsey, Severn Stoke, Callow End, Leigh Sinton, Bransford and Astley Burf, checking to see if specific support is needed and delivering supplies of sandbags when requested.   

A pub in Shrawley, on the north eastern edge of the district, contacted the council on Wednesday after water started entering the cellar.

Through close liaison with Wyre Forest District Council, the council arranged for sandbags to be delivered. 

Councillor Tom Wells worked with 12 flood affected households in Beauchamps Lane in Callow End and helped to coordinate their evacuation and check other properties in the street were secure.

David Rolls, responsible for emergency planning at the council, said: “This is an extremely challenging time for everyone but effective partnership working and great support from staff and district councillors, means that we are able to support our communities living in the most affected areas of the district.”

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4:51pm

London Midland has announced seven coaches will be taking passengers from Great Malvern to Hereford as part of a rail replacement service.

It is expected to start at 5.30pm and will stop at all stations.

4:49pm

Hanley Castle High School, near Malvern, will be closed for the rest of the week.

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4:41pm

WITH more rain and strong winds forecast for the next few days, drivers are being reminded to be careful on the roads.

Roads throughout Worcestershire are closed as a result of the flooding and yet more are hazardous.

Highways and gritting teams from Worcestershire County Council are out and about dealing with issues on the roads and making sure people are as safe as possible.

Drivers are being advised not to drive into floodwater as it is often difficult to tell how deep it is. Doing so could put people in danger and cause serious damage to vehicles.

Any problems on the roads can be reported by clicking here.

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4:39pm

According to National Rail no trains are running between Hereford and Newport but passengers may use Stagecoach buses routes X24, X3 and X4.

4:36pm

Therre are no plans to re-open Worcester Bridge overnight or tomorrow morning.

Worcestershire County Council is working with the Environment Agency to constantly monitor river levels and will re-open the bridge as soon as it safe to do so.

Current forecasts indicate levels will not drop sufficiently overnight or tomorrow morning to allow a re-opening.

The free shuttle bus service, which is ferrying people across the bridge from the Bull Ring to Broad Street, has been extended until 10pm tonight.

Earlier on today when the water was rising a larger vehicle was put on to get through the higher water levels and to carry double the number of passengers.

The intention is to operate this service again from 7am tomorrow if it's safe to do so.

4:33pm

The following roads have now been closed in addition to earlier announcements made by Worcestershire County Council:

  • Eckington Bridge (NEW UPDATE)
  • Chapel Lane (U6224) Bransford (NEW UPDATE)
  • Gilgal is open (one lane) and it is Baldwin Road (U1132) at the junction with Worcester Road near the Gilgal which is closed – inspectors are going out again to check exactly what is the situation. (NEW UPDATE)
  • B4188 Drayton Road and High Street in Belbroughton is closed (NEW UPDATE)
  • Stocks Lane (C2206) Malvern to Leigh Sinton has been closed again (NEW UPDATE)
  • B4196 from Holt Heath to Astley has been closed (NEW UPDATE)
  • A443 Lindridge is now closed (NEW UPDATE)
  • Stocks Lane Malvern now closed (NEW UPDATE)
  • Sherridge Lane between Leigh Sinton and Suckley now closed (NEW UPDATE)

4:31pm

Upton-upon-Severn CE Primary School will be closed for the rest of the week due to the floods and no sign of improvement in the weather conditions, Worcestershire County Council has announced.

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4:22pm

Community based care and support company Radis Community Care is calling for people to be extra vigilant of their elderly or vulnerable neighbours as the floods continue to worsen.

Their staff have been working around the clock to ensure their customers are receiving the support they need but traffic problems and road closures mean support workers are struggling to get to calls.

Concerns are also growing about anticipated bridge closures, which could cut off vulnerable people from the support workers they rely on for everything from medication through to personal care, including getting something to eat and help to get out of bed and to the toilet.

Lisa Crane, branch manager of Radis’ Worcestershire branch in Worcester Road, Malvern, said: "The awful weather means that many of our support workers are working 27/7 and because of all the road closures, they are running behind. 

"We are managing to get to everyone at the moment but that could change. Three of our customers live in Upton upon Severn and one lady relies on us for four visits a day.

"However if the Mythe Bridge at Tewkesbury is closed, the only way we will be able to reach her is by boat.

"Now more than ever is the time to pop in on your elderly neighbours and ensure everything is ok, the heating is on and they have something to eat.

"We are making sure our support workers get out to those in need, but seeing a friendly face can make such a difference to those who are waiting."

3:56pm

Sanctuary Housing have released the following statement regarding the rescue of a number of residents in John Gwynn House, Newport Street, Worcester, earlier today.

The property provides unsupported housing for older people.

Simon Clark, Managing Director of Sanctuary Housing, said: "The Environment Agency took the decision to evacuate John Gwynn House this morning for the safety of our residents.

"Sanctuary Housing staff helped the fire service manage the evacuation and those residents who were evacuated are now safe and well.

"We are continuing to provide support and advice as necessary and will help with the clean up once the flood has passed.

"We would like to thank all of the authorities involved for their professional and coordinated response."

3:56pm

Tree blocking road in Malvern - Clarence Road/Tibberton Road, please drive carefully! Uploaded directly to www.malverngazette.co.uk (click on the green strip)

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London Midland has announced the 1619 Birmingham to Great Malvern service has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

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Max White, of Warndon Villages, has emailed us some statistics about the rainfall we have experienced so far in 2014 compared to other years.

He said in the last month, since the last dry day the county had on January 12, we had had 138mm of rain.

He said: "For 2014, we have had 42 days recorded with rain and up to May last year we had 39 in total - in fact in 2013, we had 126 days of recorded rain for the year at a total of 672.5mm, and this year so far has accumulated 217.5mm , which is nearing the the total for last year as accumulated by June - 232mm by that time.

"So, as of today we have had 32% of last years rainfall, and 33% of the total days in 2013."

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Worcester University

The University remains open.

However, university classes will be cancelled from 4 pm today and all day Thursday (13th February).

In addition The Arena and The Riverside Building will be closed today (Wednesday), Thursday and Friday.

The Garage will remain open until 4pm today but will close tomorrow (Thursday).

Source & more info

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PEOPLE living in a one-way street in the centre of Worcester have found themselves trapped after road closures meant they were able to leave their homes by car - but not return.

The closure the A44 Dolday - a major four-lane link in the centre of the city - has meant The Butts is inaccessible to cars.

Margaret-Anne Stocker, resident of 81-flat compound Magdala Court in The Butts, said buses were the only vehicles being allowed up the road.  

"We are between the devil and a very deep place," she said.

"We can get out and turn left but we can't get back in again.

"If we come down Farrier Street we can't get back into our flat."

Her husband Brian said, although turning right on Farrier Street and driving a short distance down the road the wrong way was currently the only way to access their home by car, people living in Magdala Court had been warned against doing so.

"I spoke to a neighbour on Sunday afternoon who went to St John's and in trying to get back was prevented from doing so by a policeman who said he'd book him if he went down The Butts," he said.

"Other residents have gone out and haven't come back, but some have made it back.

"There's only about 15 or 16 cars in the compound so most of them will have to get back at some point."

But manager of tyre shop Mr Tyre in The Butts Tim Squire said some of his customers had told him they had been directed to drive the wrong way down the road.

"There's massive issues here," he said. 

"I spoke to a customer yesterday who said they were directed by police down Farrier Street and to turn right and drive the wrong way. They said the police had told them that's all they could do.

"There has been cars driving up and down the road every five or ten minutes so something must be in place."

A spokesperson for Worcestershire County Council said "exceptional circumstances" meant the authority had no choice but to close the road.

"This diversion is part of the measures put in place to keep people travelling as safely as possible," she said.

"We advise residents to follow the diversions put in place and to follow any instructions from the police and our highways officers on site."

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The Met Office still has yellow warnings for wind and rain across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, which will remain in place until 7am tomorrow morning and 9pm today respectively.

The rain will gradually ease away during this evening, with clearer skies following. However blustery and occasionally heavy showers will follow, mainly in the south, and these may be wintry at times. It will also stay windy, and feel cold. Minimum Temperature 1 °C.
 

Tomorrow will be largely dry with sunny spells for much of the day but a few wintry showers are possible at times. Winds should ease a little in the afternoon. Maximum Temperature 7 °C.

The outlook for Friday to Sunday is clear and cold at first on Friday but turning wet and windy from the south during the morning. Rain clearing northeastwards on Saturday leaving a mostly dry day on Sunday.

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The Worcestershire County Council has issued the following bus service update at 2.52pm:

758 (Worcester – Hallow – Great Witley – Tenbury) : Due to the closure of the A443 at Lindridge, this service is operating from Tenbury – Newnham, then diverting via Clows Top to Abberley, omitting Lindridge, Eardiston and Stockton. Due to the closure of Worcester City Centre Bridge and Hylton Road, this service is then diverting via A4133 Holt Fleet Bridge – Ombersley – A449 – Ombersley Road – Worcester. The same diversion will operate in the opposite direction.

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The Environment Agency's manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, Dave Throup, says the water levels are on par with those seen in 2007 and the threat of further disruption remains realistic.

Mr Throup has also warned more properties are at risk of flooding, with a peak of just over 5.7 metres in the centre of Worcester expected tomorrow.

"I don't think we will quite get to 5.8 metres but it will be somewhere between 5.6 and 5.8 metres.

"Just over 5.7 metres is realistic and 5.8 is still at the very top of the range.

"It will hold very steady for a while which is a problem in itself and it won't drop off very quickly."

Mr Throup added the expected peak of 5.2 metres in Diglis was "not quite as big as 2007" but more properties south of Worcester were at risk of flooding.

 

 

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Reader Beth Barraclough phoned the newsroom to let us know the A443 at Tinker's Coppice between Martley and Whitbourne is flooded at the turns for Hallow and Grimley.

The water is at curb-height and cars are able to pass with care one at a time.

 

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The Worcestershire Hub has opened up an additional customer contact centre at St John's Library to deal with council related enquiries for residents who live on the west side of the river Severn.

This additional centre will be available until Friday from 9am to 5pm and will be reviewed again on Friday.

The Hive customer contact centre remains open as normal.

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The Midland Langar Seva Society has teams on standby to assist people in Worcester.

The society's aim is to collect food donations and cook them into hot meals and distribute to hungry and homeless people regardless of their background.

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Rail users are facing major disruption between Great Malvern and Ledbury due to flooding at Ledbury.

London Midland has confirmed the line is blocked and buses have been ordered to travel between Ledbury and Hereford.

However, with roads flooded this is proving difficult and passengers are being advised to not travel to Hereford if at all possible.

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It has been confirmed 13 people were evacuated from Gascoigne House and John Gwynn House at the junction of North Parade and Newport Street in Worcester city centre.

Concerned residents called Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service at about 11am requesting assistance to be rescued from the properties as floodwaters rose.

The service sent its water first responders from Malvern and Pershore to attend the scene along with crews from Worcester.

A spokesman for the service said some people wanted to remain in the properties and they were provided with advice and tips on how to stay safe.

The rescue was completed at about 1pm.

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Latest photo of Diglis houses, definitely risen to bottom of glass in windows now. By Sarah Gough via www.facebook.com/theworcesternews

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Zyban says

Zoe@Malvern wrote:
Would it not make sense to close all schools on Thursday & Friday, the kids are on half term next week anyway. This would reduce the number of cars on the road and traffic to and from Worcester, Upton etc. The queues around Worcester would be reduced to a managed length.
Really? And what about the parents that work providing an invaluable services to the County, Police, Nurses, Firemen, The Environment Agency etc etc etc . If they have to then take time off to be at home does this not then cause more of a problem? Zoe, you either don’t have children or don’t work!! Be realistic!

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Oasis Academy Warndon Primary school is to close at 2.30pm today.

Parents are being contacted and and asked to pick up their children.

Principal Matthew Meckin said: "We have a lot of staff who live the other side of the river and they need to get home.

"We need to keep their safety and wellbeing in mind.

"We don't know what's happening tomorrow but we presume we will be open and will let parents know otherwise."

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Zoe@Malvern says

Would it not make sense to close all schools on Thursday & Friday, the kids are on half term next week anyway. This would reduce the number of cars on the road and traffic to and from Worcester, Upton etc. The queues around Worcester would be reduced to a managed length.

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Another video of flooding in New Road, Worcester, by Worcester News picture editor Jonathan Barry.

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The Riversides School, in Thorneloe Road, Worcester, has contacted parents to collect their children as they have closed for the day.

A decision will be taken as to whether it will re-open tomorrow, but parents will be kept informed of any developments.

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Video of flooding in New Road, Worcester, by Worcester News picture editor Jonathan Barry

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Photo by John Spencer taken in Diglis.

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Photo from John Spencer.

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New Road Cricket Ground is closed.

They have issued the following statement:

"Due to the current ongoing issues with local road networks and inaccessibility to New Road following the closure of the City Bridge, the County Ground is closed until further notice.

"At the Diglis Gauge the River Severn had reached 5.03m above normal at 7am this morning and this level is still rising.

"The above photograph shows New Road at 8.45am this morning.

"We will issue further updates as soon as access is restored."

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Classes at Worcester University will be cancelled from 4pm today and for tomorrow.

They have issued the following statement:

"The University of Worcester remains open, however, the significant flooding in Worcester has meant that classes will be cancelled from 4pm today and all day tomorrow (Thursday).

"The University Arena and the Riverside building will be closed today, tomorrow and Friday, with Friday’s Worcester Wolves fixture having been moved to the Sports Centre on the University’s St John’s Campus.

"All other facilities will operate normally and the University will remain open, including St John’s campus, The Hive and City Campus."

A further general announcement will be made at approximately 1pm tomorrow, and the information will be published on the University’s website, at worcester.ac.uk/weather.

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Resident Kim Weston, whose parents live in Severn Terrace, said flood waters are rising quickly and was up to 5" deep.

She said the waters are rising up the front of properties but the city council would not provide them with any sand bags.

"Vehicles are still going through and it causes a wash," she said. "They are not even slowing down."

Mrs Weston said she was concerned people living along the road had been forgotten.

"They are just ignoring us," she added. "We haven't had anybody down."

Rob Byrne, spokesman for Worcester City Council, said: "We've never supplied sand bags but we understand they are available from the Environment Agency.

"We would encourage them to contact them."

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Reports that this video is going viral on the internet.

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A large crane is being used to cut down part of a large tree at The Ketch in Worcester.

The pub, in Worcester Road, say they had to choice but to get someone in to cut down part of the tree as it had become dangerous in the current weather.

The duty manager said the tree was at risk of falling onto the road or onto electricity lines.

The crane will be in place for about an hour as the work continues.

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15 (Kidderminster – Stourport – Bewdley) : This service is currently suspended until further notice due to flooding in Bewdley and Stourport. The S15 will still operate from Bewdley High and Stourport High Schools on an amended route.

23 (Worcester – Blanquettes Estate) : Due to the closure of Worcester City Centre Bridge, this service is currently suspended until further notice.

24 (Worcester – Kilbury Estate) : Due to the closure of Worcester City Centre Bridge, this service is currently suspended until further notice.

294 / 295 (Worcester – Hallow – Shrawley – Stourport) : The service is diverted from Holt Heath via Holt Fleet Bridge – Ombersley – A449 – Ombersley Road – Worcester City Centre, omitting Hallow and St. John's, and vice versa. The service will omit Hallow and St. John's. Due to flooding in Stourport this service will not be serving Wilden Lane.

 

 

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Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service have released the following advise for using generators to pump flood water out safely:

Business and home owners affected by the floods are being urged not to use petrol or diesel water pumps in confined spaces as they can pose a significant safety risk and as has happened in the past, can lead to a loss of life.

Petrol or diesel fuelled generators used to power water pumps or other flood recovery devices such as dehumidifiers or fans, which can be used following flooding will give off a variety of toxic gases including carbon monoxide fumes. These fumes can overcome people in the building or near vicinity if used in an enclosed space.

Area Commander Jon Pryce, head of operations for Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Whilst we completely understand that people will want to remove floodwater from their properties, pumps and other machinery powered by petrol or diesel are designed for outdoor use.

"This is because they emit hazardous carbon monoxide fumes. We would urge people not to use them inside buildings or in areas without adequate ventilation."

Signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure:

• The signs or symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure copy many common illnesses and can easily be confused with flu or simple tiredness.

• At low levels, carbon monoxide exposure may cause poor concentration, memory and vision problems, and loss of muscle coordination and can have an accumulative effect poisoning the individual over a period of hours or even days.

• At higher levels, it may cause headaches, fatigue, vomiting and nausea. At very high levels, the symptoms intensify and it can prove fatal within a matter of hours.

As a precaution we recommend the use of battery powered carbon monoxide detectors which look similar to smoke detectors and can be easily purchased and fitted by anyone.

1:29pm

Robin Walker, Worcester’s MP has praised the response of the emergency services, local councils and the Environment Agency to the enormous challenges presented by the high River and persistent rain over recent days.

He arrived back in Worcester on Sunday night when the Environment Agency warned that River levels were threatening to exceed the 2007 level of 5.6 metres.

Robin attended the Silver Command meeting at County Hall on Monday and visited flood hit streets such as Diglis Avenue where he was unable to reach houses due to the level of water outside them.

He was told by residents that the houses that had had their floors raised since 2007 were still dry inside. At the meeting he supported the County Council’s desire to re-open the bridge as soon as possible in order to overcome traffic problems and show that the City was open for business.

Today he expressed his concern and regret that the bridge might need to be closed again, saying: "I am very concerned to hear that rising river levels mean that Worcester’s main bridge may again be having to close later this evening, but I am glad to see that the County Council is trying to keep it open for as long as possible.

"This has been a very worrying time for my constituents and for businesses in Worcester who have suffered major disruptions from road closures, extra traffic and reduced footfall in the city centre.

"Of course such problems are only minor compared to the devastation that is suffered by people whose homes or businesses are flooded and I am grateful for the enormous hard work of the emergency services, local councils and the Environment Agency in protecting people from flooding to date.

"So far Worcester’s flood defences have performed well and hundreds of homes have been protected but with the river rising again, it is a worrying time.

"I am very proud of all the shops, restaurants and small businesses that have stayed open through all of this and they deserve the full support of local people.

"It is important to stress that even when the riverside is flooded, Worcester’s High Street is well above the water level and even where there are some roads closed, visitors are very welcome in most of the city centre.

"Worcester remains open for business and most parts of the city will continue to do so whatever happens with the flooding."

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Flooded stairwell. By Lee Martin via www.facebook.com/theworcesternews

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This is the view from my house on Diglis Avenue. By Jacci Tinley-Davies via www.facebook.com/theworcesternews

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Worcester's MP Robin Walker says he has passed a message onto the Prime Minister David Cameron to try and ensure the city is on the agenda when it comes to flooding.

He was hoping to ask Mr Cameron during Prime Minister's questions but didn't get the opportunity.

But he added Mr Cameron revealed businesses damaged by flooding would get a 100 percent rebate on their business rates.

Although it is not known for how long. 

"It's a good start," said Mr Walker.

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A rescue boat is now in Beachamp Lane, Callow End, searching for any residents who need to be evacuated from their homes.

At least five homes in the lane are flooded, 12 in total in the village.

Cllr Tom Wells led an effort by local people to fill sandbags, but their efforts failed to stop the homes from flooding.

The water is too deep for a tractor.

Cllr Wells reports the situation in Callow End is now feared worse than in 2007 and the water is still rising.

He says there are now fears homes in Lower Ferry Lane, Callow End, could be the next to flood.

However, flood defences in neighbouring Powick are holding up.

1:09pm

A Severn Trent spokesperson has confirmed to your Worcester News that four of the six water pumps in Hylton Road, Worcester stopped working earlier this morning for unknown reasons.

They are all now back up-and-running with three more on the way, with the water company hoping to source two more.

"Once they are all in place that should be enough to clear the road of water," said the spokesperson.

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Update to bus closures -

CITY CENTRE SHUTTLE BUS– Due to the closure of Worcester City Centre Bridge, a FREE shuttle bus service will run between 07:00 hrs and 22:00 hrsfrom the Bull Ring roundabout to the bottom of Broad Street across the bridge to ferry pedestrians, as long as it is safe for the vehicles to do so.

2 / 2A / 2C (Bewdley - Kidderminster) : Due to the closure of Bewdley Bridge due to flooding, these services will operate from Kidderminster to Wribbenhall as normal, then divert via Stourport Rd and Bewdley Bypass to access the Town Centre and turn here. These services will therefore operate with significant delays. Due to traffic congestion in the town centre, some peak time journeys are not serving Load Street, turning at Hales Park instead. Currently not serving Bewdley Town Centre, turning at Hales Park.

125 (Stourbridge - Kidderminster - Bewdley - Highley – Bridgnorth) : Due to the closure of Bewdley Bridge due to flooding, this service will operate from Kidderminster to the Safari Park as normal, then divert via Stourport Road and Bewdley Bypass to access the Town Centre. It will then continue operating its normal route towards Bridgnorth. Currently not serving Bewdley Town Centre, turning at Hales Park.

291 (Tenbury – Bewdley – Kidderminster) : Due to the closure of Bewdley Bridge due to flooding, this service will operate from Kidderminster to the Safari Park as normal, then divert via Stourport Road and Bewdley Bypass to access the Town Centre. It will then turn around and continue operating its normal route towards Tenbury. Currently not serving Bewdley Town Centre, turning at Hales Park.

292 (Kidderminster – Bewdley – Ludlow) : Due to the closure of Bewdley Bridge due to flooding, this service will operate from Kidderminster to the Safari Park as normal, then divert via Stourport Road and Bewdley Bypass to access the Town Centre. It will then turn around and continue operating its normal route towards Ludlow. Currently not serving Bewdley Town Centre, turning at Hales Park.

382 (Worcester – Norton – Littleworth – Defford – Eckington – Pershore) : This service is now operating to its Standard Flood Timetable.

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Worcester flood shuttle bus has been extended until 10pm this evening. Good news for commuters.

12:37pm

Residents living in flats in North Parade, next to the Worcester Bridge, are being evacuated.

Must be devastating to have to leave your home to flood waters.

Anyone who has a flood story to tell can email us at news@worcesternews.co.uk or call 01905 742244.

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We have reports that 12 homes are flooded in Callow End, in Beauchamp Lane and Lower Ferry Lane. Our reporter is in the village. More to come...

12:07pm

Sand has now been delivered to Kempsey Parish Council for collection to residents

12:06pm

The Gilgal A451 in Stourport-on-Severn is now closed due to flooding, Worcestershire County Council has announced.

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handy cyclist says

Didn't we have personnel carriers in 2007 ferrying people across the bridge? Also, in response to the EA regarding the river Severn being the longest in Britain and with so many large tributary's, why is the river not dredged on a regular basis? More room in the (longest) river (in Britain) should mean more room for the flood water surly?

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Empty sand bags and plastic sheets can be collected from the Memorial Hall, Old Street, Upton upon Severn and there is a supply of sand behind the Cemetery Chapel, Rectory Road for residents’ use.
Bring your own spade.

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HOMEOWNERS in need of sandbags are being asked to contact their local councils to check on their availability.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is also sharing advice for how to fill, handle, position and dispose of sandbags via their website. For more information, click here.

Worcester City Council has already given sandbags to properties which are known to be at risk of flooding.

They do not have sandbags publicly available, but sand and bags are available locally at Wickes at Shrub Hill Retail Park and Travis Perkins in Weir Lane or Warndon Retail park

Click here for all the relevant contact numbers for your local council.
 

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Sand bags are available for collection from Malvern Hills
District Council Depot at Pendragon Close, Malvern,
WR14 1JJ.

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The village of Kempsey received 500 empty sand bags yesterday and is expecting a delivery of four tonnes of sand this afternoon.

The sand, and sandbags, will be available to residents for collection from the Parish Office, at the Community Centre, in Main Road

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A Worcester News reader who commutes to Stourport from Worcester encountered "sever flooding" along the B4196 Shrawley Road, Shrawley, near Worcester, earlier this morning.

They said it is "forcing you on to the opposite side of the road in some places quite near the Lenchford Inn.

"I suspect it will become worse with the current deluge of rain. It was passable with extreme caution earlier this morning at 8am."

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Stunning set of flooding pictures by BreakerSteve. See more here.

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Glad to see Worcester people have still got a sense of humour Worcester News:

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McDonald's, St John's, Worcester, by Richard Taylor via www.facebook.com/theworcesternews

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Just heard from the Environment Agency who said reports that the flood defences in Worcester could be overtopped are inaccurate.

A spokesman said: "There has been some inaccurate media on overtopping at Hylton road.  This would be where there are 7 slats = 5.7m  but we have put up the 8th slat giving defence up to 6.1m."

The river is currently being measures at about 5.6m and expected to peak at about 5.8m tomorrow.

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These are the latest road closures from Worcestershire County Council - as of 10.10am.

Worcester Bridge remains closed and the free shuttle bus service is still running from the Bull Ring roundabout in St John's to Broad Street. It is planned to run until 7pm.

Sabrina Bridge and New Road are closed to pedestrians.

  • Switchback - Bewdley - Stourport
  •    Bewdley Bridge
  •     Upton Bridge
  •     A44 North Parade, Worcester
  •     Temporary footbridge, Abbey Road, Evesham
  •     A443 Hylton Road, Worcester
  •     B4195 Stourport Road, Bewdley (from junction with Beale's Corner, Stourport Road to junction with Westbourne Street)
  •     C2099 New Street, Upton-on-Severn
  •     B4211 Hanley Road, Upton-on-Severn
  •     Shell Ford (Bradley Green to Himbleton)
  •     Walcot Ford (Pershore to Drakes Broughton)
  •     Lincomb Lane, Stourport
  •     Tybridge Street, Worcester
  •     Croft Road, Worcester
  •     Castle Street, Worcester
  •     A4103 at Bransford by the Bank House, Sherridge Lane (C2227)
  •     Icknield Street (C2170) at the junction with Primrose Hill
  •     Little Owl Lane, off A449 at Ombersley
  •     Eckington Bridge (NEW UPDATE)
  •     Chapel Lane (U6224) Bransford (NEW UPDATE)

Motorists are urged not to drive into floodwater because of the possibility of hidden hazards.

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Worcester City Council's parks team have announced Gheluvelt park and the Pump House Environment Centre are now closed due to the increased water levels.

The council led Healthy Walk from the park on Friday has also been cancelled.

 

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A homeowner in Hylton Road has had to clear electric tools from his garage as the flood waters rise. Residents have criticised lorry and van drivers going through the water. One Dutch articulated lorry powered through the floods sending a huge wake into Andy Churchill's garage. Mr Churchill was flooded in 2000 and 2007 and said he did not expect to be facing the same problem again after raising the level of his home by 12 inches and following the creation of the £650,000 bund which he campaigned for. People who live on Hylton Road said a fuel tanker could not get through to supply the pumps. Concern has been expressed by residents that Severn Trent Water have not done enough to clear the drains.

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Queue for the shuttle St John's side, just over an hour ago

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This is what the shuttle bus is up against along New Road. OK for now but too much higher and they won't be able to get through

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Despite rumours, we have be assured by Worcestershire County Council that the shuttle bus over Worcester Bridge is still operating at the moment.

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Either end of Worcester Bridge.
 

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I notice some of the news wires are christening today 'wild Wednesday'.

So there you go, it's now wild wet and watery Wednesday in Worcestershire.

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Steady stream of people joining the shuttle buses which are running every few minutes from St Johns across the bridge to Bridge Street. No one has had to wait for too long - 20 minutes seems about the worst. Question on everyone's lips is when will they stop... apparently they will keep going as long as it's safe to drive through the water

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It's closed, and it looks like it will be for a while. I took this picture about two hours ago and it is rising this side.
 
 
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Funeral director behind us here at WN Towers has used a transporter lorry to get their cars out to the road.

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An explanation has been offered from the Environment Agency as to why the River Severn is flooding so severely.

The River Severn is the longest river in Britain, and takes five days for water to reach the Severn estuary from its source in the Welsh Mountains.

Also,  the rivers Stour, Teme and the Avon joing the Seven, adding to the swelling of the river.

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Another of Robert Bilsland's unusual flooding pictures. This one is really freaky. See more at www.facebook.com/theworcesternews

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Robert Bilsland's unusual view of the flooding. See more at www.facebook.com/theworcesternews

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The river is now expected to peak at a higher level than the 2007 floods, reaching 5.8m.

Agencies are meeting this morning to talk about more contingency plans.

Updates to follow.

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orla nutting says

Read that the A4103 is shut nr the Bank House Hotel. Is it still open down by the Fox Inn?

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Hwicce says

Some more more questions from the floods

Can we get Henwick Halt and Rushwick Halts reopened?

Henwick Halt would serve St John’s and allow easy travel across the river to Foregate Street.

Rushwick Halt could be rebuilt as a park and ride (train as well as bus) off Grove Way. That way all the traffic from Malvern could go left at the Powick roundabout to the P&R and catch a train into Worcester instead of fighting across Carrington Bridge.

Ideally we could have a shuttle train from Foregate Street (or even Shrub Hill) to Rushwick stopping at Henwick but at a minimum the Worcester Malvern trains could pick up at both these places.

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People using the Holt Fleet bridge as an alternative today, be aware the water is pretty high there , too.

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So, currently, the situation is that the shuttle buses over Worcester Bridge will run as long as possible. That could be all day and all evening, but if levels continue rising, they may have to stop.

If you are heading down, expect to queue for a while.

Meanwhile, for those driving, Holt is the traffic hot spot this morning, as commuters make their way north - and Carrington Bridge the same for those heading south.

Sorry we can't be more clear than that, but obviously, conditions are (excuse the pun), fluid.

There is a meeting at 10am we understand so we will update you after that - and keep giving you information as we get it now.

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I don't believe so. People are being shuttled across in buses. Worth a check if it's not too far to cycle down there?
 

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We've just spoken to Worcester's flooding hero Dave Throup, at the Environment Agency, and he said that the river is now expected to peak at around 5.8m and is currently at about 5.6m. He also said there was low risk of it overtopping onto Hylton Road, home of Worcester Arena and Worcester News Towers, near the flood gates.

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Well, thanks for that!

9:04am Wed 12 Feb 14

welshpricey says

And here it comes. Very heavy rain now here in Tewkesbury and winds starting to pick up. Sorry to all you guys in Worcester but give it about 10-15 minutes and this is going to be with you. Another lovely day in store for us all.

9:07am

That's our very own Tarik, who is on deadline for the Evesham Journal today, fighting to get in.

Good luck all!

9:06am

Who knows? However, levels are expected to rise throughout today and peak tomorrow, so you would imagine it certainly won't get easier to cross as the day goes on...
 
We're chasing more official advice as we speak, so bear with us!
 

9:05am

The A443 at Holt is the crisis spot this morning, as it is the first bridge open north of the city, so anyone heading that way is being forced up there.

9:04am

I took this from the front door of WN Towers about 20 minutes ago. It shows why Sabrina Bridge is closed - it's very deep at either end.

Worcester News:

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7:47am Wed 12 Feb 14

welshpricey says

Where's the snow????

One very unhappy 3 year old this morning when she looked out of her bedroom window! One very unhappy daddy too as it's meant I've had to go to work.

8:59am

Don't forget to tweet us, @worcesternews, to let us know where you are. If you're waiting for the shuttle bus, grab hold of our reporter Alicia Kelly, who is heading down there shortly to get your stories.

8:57am

A call has just come in from delivery driver Andrew Christian-Brookes, who says traffic heading north to Holt is practically at a standstill.

"I was delivering to a lady in Holt and at 8.03am I was one minute away," he said.

"I didn't reach her until 8.34am. The queue north to Holt is basically at a standstill."

8:35am

Serious queuing for Worcester Bridge's shuttle bus on St John's side of the river.

Passengers are being warned that the bus may not be running tonight.

 

Thanks to Joel Smith for the picture.

Worcester News:

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Roads becoming gridlocked around Holt Fleet bridge and Carrington Bridge as people attempt other ways to get into the city.
 

8:19am

Dave Throup at the Environment Agency has tweeted that it is possible the shuttle buses currently ferrying people over the closed Worcester Bridge could close if the river rises much higher.

Updates to follow.

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Road closures currently in place:

  • Switchback - Bewdley - Stourport
  • Bewdley Bridge
  • Upton Bridge
  • A44 North Parade, Worcester
  • Temporary footbridge, Abbey Road, Evesham
  • A443 Hylton Road, Worcester
  • B4195 Stourport Road, Bewdley (from junction with Beale's Corner, Stourport Road to junction with Westbourne Street)
  • C2099 New Street, Upton-on-Severn
  • B4211 Hanley Road, Upton-on-Severn
  • Shell Ford (Bradley Green to Himbleton)
  • Walcot Ford (Pershore to Drakes Broughton)
  • Lincomb Lane, Stourport
  • Tybridge Street, Worcester
  • Croft Road, Worcester
  • Castle Street, Worcester
  • Hackmans Gate Lane (B4188) at Belbroughton
  • A4103 at Bransford by the Bank House, Sherridge Lane (C2227)
  • Icknield Street (C2170) at the junction with Primrose Hill
  • Little Owl Lane, off A449 at Ombersley

Motorists are urged not to drive into floodwater because of the possibility of hidden hazards.

7:34am

  'Good' morning everyone.

We're back on the live blog this morning with more bad news.

Worcester Bridge remains closed this morning to traffic as well as pedestrians and Sabrina Bridge was also closed off this morning by police as the river Severn continued to rise.

 

More road closures follow.

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7:47am Wed 12 Feb 14

welshpricey says...

Where's the snow????

One very unhappy 3 year old this morning when she looked out of her bedroom window! One very unhappy daddy too as it's meant I've had to go to work.
Where's the snow???? One very unhappy 3 year old this morning when she looked out of her bedroom window! One very unhappy daddy too as it's meant I've had to go to work. welshpricey
  • Score: 6

8:02am Wed 12 Feb 14

Bushbaby says...

welshpricey wrote:
Where's the snow????

One very unhappy 3 year old this morning when she looked out of her bedroom window! One very unhappy daddy too as it's meant I've had to go to work.
Totally sympathize with your three year, this thirty two year old is also very unhappy about not having any snow (more than happy going to work) I just love snow! These weather people do tease us :-)
[quote][p][bold]welshpricey[/bold] wrote: Where's the snow???? One very unhappy 3 year old this morning when she looked out of her bedroom window! One very unhappy daddy too as it's meant I've had to go to work.[/p][/quote]Totally sympathize with your three year, this thirty two year old is also very unhappy about not having any snow (more than happy going to work) I just love snow! These weather people do tease us :-) Bushbaby
  • Score: 5

8:18am Wed 12 Feb 14

Hwicce says...

Some more more questions from the floods

Can we get Henwick Halt and Rushwick Halts reopened?

Henwick Halt would serve St John’s and allow easy travel across the river to Foregate Street.

Rushwick Halt could be rebuilt as a park and ride (train as well as bus) off Grove Way. That way all the traffic from Malvern could go left at the Powick roundabout to the P&R and catch a train into Worcester instead of fighting across Carrington Bridge.

Ideally we could have a shuttle train from Foregate Street (or even Shrub Hill) to Rushwick stopping at Henwick but at a minimum the Worcester Malvern trains could pick up at both these places.
Some more more questions from the floods Can we get Henwick Halt and Rushwick Halts reopened? Henwick Halt would serve St John’s and allow easy travel across the river to Foregate Street. Rushwick Halt could be rebuilt as a park and ride (train as well as bus) off Grove Way. That way all the traffic from Malvern could go left at the Powick roundabout to the P&R and catch a train into Worcester instead of fighting across Carrington Bridge. Ideally we could have a shuttle train from Foregate Street (or even Shrub Hill) to Rushwick stopping at Henwick but at a minimum the Worcester Malvern trains could pick up at both these places. Hwicce
  • Score: 0

8:56am Wed 12 Feb 14

orla nutting says...

Read that the A4103 is shut nr the Bank House Hotel. Is it still open down by the Fox Inn?
Read that the A4103 is shut nr the Bank House Hotel. Is it still open down by the Fox Inn? orla nutting
  • Score: 0

9:04am Wed 12 Feb 14

welshpricey says...

And here it comes. Very heavy rain now here in Tewkesbury and winds starting to pick up. Sorry to all you guys in Worcester but give it about 10-15 minutes and this is going to be with you. Another lovely day in store for us all.
And here it comes. Very heavy rain now here in Tewkesbury and winds starting to pick up. Sorry to all you guys in Worcester but give it about 10-15 minutes and this is going to be with you. Another lovely day in store for us all. welshpricey
  • Score: 0

9:05am Wed 12 Feb 14

Pomygranit says...

There needs to be full review of the transport infrastructure for Worcester before handing out planning permissions.

More housing on the western side is just going to make things worse in particular if the Earls Court Farm site is used effectively stopping any extension to the ring road.

If money is now 'no object'', perhaps now is the time to hold the developments and sort out the infrastructure which can accommodate transport, drainage etc so that any new housing will not have a detrimental effect.
There needs to be full review of the transport infrastructure for Worcester before handing out planning permissions. More housing on the western side is just going to make things worse in particular if the Earls Court Farm site is used effectively stopping any extension to the ring road. If money is now 'no object'', perhaps now is the time to hold the developments and sort out the infrastructure which can accommodate transport, drainage etc so that any new housing will not have a detrimental effect. Pomygranit
  • Score: 4

9:05am Wed 12 Feb 14

_stu_ says...

orla nutting wrote:
Read that the A4103 is shut nr the Bank House Hotel. Is it still open down by the Fox Inn?
Yes the flooding is only in the dip by the Bank House. You can get through Sherridge Lane tho (well you could at 8am this morning)
[quote][p][bold]orla nutting[/bold] wrote: Read that the A4103 is shut nr the Bank House Hotel. Is it still open down by the Fox Inn?[/p][/quote]Yes the flooding is only in the dip by the Bank House. You can get through Sherridge Lane tho (well you could at 8am this morning) _stu_
  • Score: 0

9:06am Wed 12 Feb 14

TheFallGuy says...

i live in newport street and this so called flood defences are none existent... which idiot decides to build a block of flats then put outside drains in the hallways! i dont know why they have even bothered putting floodgates up for the doors and car park!
i live in newport street and this so called flood defences are none existent... which idiot decides to build a block of flats then put outside drains in the hallways! i dont know why they have even bothered putting floodgates up for the doors and car park! TheFallGuy
  • Score: 2

9:30am Wed 12 Feb 14

BanjoLegs says...

Anyone know what the traffic is like exiting St Johns in the direction of Malvern through the Powick roundabout?
Anyone know what the traffic is like exiting St Johns in the direction of Malvern through the Powick roundabout? BanjoLegs
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9:35am Wed 12 Feb 14

welshpricey says...

BanjoLegs wrote:
Anyone know what the traffic is like exiting St Johns in the direction of Malvern through the Powick roundabout?
I could give you a one word answer but don't think WN would be allowed to print it!!! Speaking to family members this morning and a large part of the problem being caused by idiots blocking up the roundabouts and having no idea what the pretty yellow markings on the road are for!!!
[quote][p][bold]BanjoLegs[/bold] wrote: Anyone know what the traffic is like exiting St Johns in the direction of Malvern through the Powick roundabout?[/p][/quote]I could give you a one word answer but don't think WN would be allowed to print it!!! Speaking to family members this morning and a large part of the problem being caused by idiots blocking up the roundabouts and having no idea what the pretty yellow markings on the road are for!!! welshpricey
  • Score: 2

9:36am Wed 12 Feb 14

_stu_ says...

BanjoLegs wrote:
Anyone know what the traffic is like exiting St Johns in the direction of Malvern through the Powick roundabout?
It was backed up to Weir Lane on Bromwich Road this morning at around 07:20.
[quote][p][bold]BanjoLegs[/bold] wrote: Anyone know what the traffic is like exiting St Johns in the direction of Malvern through the Powick roundabout?[/p][/quote]It was backed up to Weir Lane on Bromwich Road this morning at around 07:20. _stu_
  • Score: 0

9:38am Wed 12 Feb 14

BanjoLegs says...

Thanks for the info.
Thanks for the info. BanjoLegs
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9:56am Wed 12 Feb 14

elfiebuffalo says...

why on earth don't they utilise the railway and ferry people over from foregate street to st.johns?!
why on earth don't they utilise the railway and ferry people over from foregate street to st.johns?! elfiebuffalo
  • Score: 0

10:03am Wed 12 Feb 14

Wookieone says...

i live in Warndon & start my shift tomorrow,in Broard Heath!! Anybody know if New Bridge open!!! ??????
i live in Warndon & start my shift tomorrow,in Broard Heath!! Anybody know if New Bridge open!!! ?????? Wookieone
  • Score: -1

10:03am Wed 12 Feb 14

Hwicce says...

elfiebuffalo wrote:
why on earth don't they utilise the railway and ferry people over from foregate street to st.johns?!
Unfortunately some twit let them get rid of Henwick Halt a few years back.
[quote][p][bold]elfiebuffalo[/bold] wrote: why on earth don't they utilise the railway and ferry people over from foregate street to st.johns?![/p][/quote]Unfortunately some twit let them get rid of Henwick Halt a few years back. Hwicce
  • Score: 1

10:09am Wed 12 Feb 14

Wookieone says...

Em! i live in Warndon.& work over in Broard Heath Area .Is New Bridge still open!???? I start my shift tomorrow!!! Doesn't look good at the moment!!
Em! i live in Warndon.& work over in Broard Heath Area .Is New Bridge still open!???? I start my shift tomorrow!!! Doesn't look good at the moment!! Wookieone
  • Score: -1

10:12am Wed 12 Feb 14

welshpricey says...

Wookieone wrote:
Em! i live in Warndon.& work over in Broard Heath Area .Is New Bridge still open!???? I start my shift tomorrow!!! Doesn't look good at the moment!!
Pub day. Most of them have free Wi-Fi now so you could be "working from home"!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Wookieone[/bold] wrote: Em! i live in Warndon.& work over in Broard Heath Area .Is New Bridge still open!???? I start my shift tomorrow!!! Doesn't look good at the moment!![/p][/quote]Pub day. Most of them have free Wi-Fi now so you could be "working from home"!!!!! welshpricey
  • Score: -1

10:14am Wed 12 Feb 14

welshpricey says...

Big thanks to Dave Throup and all the guys @EnvironmentAgency for all their hard work in Kempsey with the flood defences. If it wasn't for you guys my local would be under 3 foot of water again!!! #CrownInnKempsey
Big thanks to Dave Throup and all the guys @EnvironmentAgency for all their hard work in Kempsey with the flood defences. If it wasn't for you guys my local would be under 3 foot of water again!!! #CrownInnKempsey welshpricey
  • Score: 0

10:47am Wed 12 Feb 14

welshpricey says...

Here's an idea. They're saying the shuttle buses might not be able to run much longer due to depth of water. As Mr Cameron has promised any help that we need, why doesn't the TA centre in Worcester speak to the Army storage depot next door to me here in Ashchurch (Tewkesbury) for several of their personnel carriers to continue ferrying people? There are hundreds on site over here, sat doing nothing and they have got to have a good 5ft clearance before water starts to become an issue for them.

As they belong to the armed forces we've already paid for them anyway with our taxes so about time we put Mr Cameron to his word and ask for some help back. I know we're not obviously as important as the Thames catchment (!!!) but asking the question couldn't hurt.
Here's an idea. They're saying the shuttle buses might not be able to run much longer due to depth of water. As Mr Cameron has promised any help that we need, why doesn't the TA centre in Worcester speak to the Army storage depot next door to me here in Ashchurch (Tewkesbury) for several of their personnel carriers to continue ferrying people? There are hundreds on site over here, sat doing nothing and they have got to have a good 5ft clearance before water starts to become an issue for them. As they belong to the armed forces we've already paid for them anyway with our taxes so about time we put Mr Cameron to his word and ask for some help back. I know we're not obviously as important as the Thames catchment (!!!) but asking the question couldn't hurt. welshpricey
  • Score: 10

10:56am Wed 12 Feb 14

_stu_ says...

welshpricey wrote:
Here's an idea. They're saying the shuttle buses might not be able to run much longer due to depth of water. As Mr Cameron has promised any help that we need, why doesn't the TA centre in Worcester speak to the Army storage depot next door to me here in Ashchurch (Tewkesbury) for several of their personnel carriers to continue ferrying people? There are hundreds on site over here, sat doing nothing and they have got to have a good 5ft clearance before water starts to become an issue for them.

As they belong to the armed forces we've already paid for them anyway with our taxes so about time we put Mr Cameron to his word and ask for some help back. I know we're not obviously as important as the Thames catchment (!!!) but asking the question couldn't hurt.
I was thinking exactly the same thing!
[quote][p][bold]welshpricey[/bold] wrote: Here's an idea. They're saying the shuttle buses might not be able to run much longer due to depth of water. As Mr Cameron has promised any help that we need, why doesn't the TA centre in Worcester speak to the Army storage depot next door to me here in Ashchurch (Tewkesbury) for several of their personnel carriers to continue ferrying people? There are hundreds on site over here, sat doing nothing and they have got to have a good 5ft clearance before water starts to become an issue for them. As they belong to the armed forces we've already paid for them anyway with our taxes so about time we put Mr Cameron to his word and ask for some help back. I know we're not obviously as important as the Thames catchment (!!!) but asking the question couldn't hurt.[/p][/quote]I was thinking exactly the same thing! _stu_
  • Score: 2

11:13am Wed 12 Feb 14

scottyp1978 says...

Re comment at 10.52 - Class typo - made my day
Re comment at 10.52 - Class typo - made my day scottyp1978
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11:29am Wed 12 Feb 14

Kezer16 says...

Should we be worried about the Powick Roundabout yet??
Should we be worried about the Powick Roundabout yet?? Kezer16
  • Score: 0

11:32am Wed 12 Feb 14

handy cyclist says...

Didn't we have personnel carriers in 2007 ferrying people across the bridge? Also, in response to the EA regarding the river Severn being the longest in Britain and with so many large tributary's, why is the river not dredged on a regular basis? More room in the (longest) river (in Britain) should mean more room for the flood water surly?
Didn't we have personnel carriers in 2007 ferrying people across the bridge? Also, in response to the EA regarding the river Severn being the longest in Britain and with so many large tributary's, why is the river not dredged on a regular basis? More room in the (longest) river (in Britain) should mean more room for the flood water surly? handy cyclist
  • Score: -1

11:36am Wed 12 Feb 14

welshpricey says...

handy cyclist wrote:
Didn't we have personnel carriers in 2007 ferrying people across the bridge? Also, in response to the EA regarding the river Severn being the longest in Britain and with so many large tributary's, why is the river not dredged on a regular basis? More room in the (longest) river (in Britain) should mean more room for the flood water surly?
Yep, we had the good old 14t canvas backed trucks back in 2007 and they did a sterling job of keeping the city connected. The new generation of carriers (mastiffs, etc) are even better equipped (just watch last Sundays Top Gear for a demo).

Come on guys, you know it makes sense. Plus you get to drive them through some really big puddles!!!!! ;-)
[quote][p][bold]handy cyclist[/bold] wrote: Didn't we have personnel carriers in 2007 ferrying people across the bridge? Also, in response to the EA regarding the river Severn being the longest in Britain and with so many large tributary's, why is the river not dredged on a regular basis? More room in the (longest) river (in Britain) should mean more room for the flood water surly?[/p][/quote]Yep, we had the good old 14t canvas backed trucks back in 2007 and they did a sterling job of keeping the city connected. The new generation of carriers (mastiffs, etc) are even better equipped (just watch last Sundays Top Gear for a demo). Come on guys, you know it makes sense. Plus you get to drive them through some really big puddles!!!!! ;-) welshpricey
  • Score: 3

12:05pm Wed 12 Feb 14

rackedoff says...

Dredging - seem to remember that the river was dredged back in the 1960s when oil etc was taken as far as Stourport - but it still flooded, and even worse than now! Maybe it's not the answer.

Traffic congestion - seems the roundabouts between M5 and Powick are being grid locked by drivers blocking them, so no one moves. Come on County Council tell us you have considered traffic management on the roundabouts eg temporary lights to control access and manage the traffic flow - or have you!

Worcestershire really paying the price of poor planning over the years - northern relief road etc. Despite County Council putting increased investment for economic development before social care for vulnerable adults would you bring your business here? Come Hardman and co. get the county moving!!
Dredging - seem to remember that the river was dredged back in the 1960s when oil etc was taken as far as Stourport - but it still flooded, and even worse than now! Maybe it's not the answer. Traffic congestion - seems the roundabouts between M5 and Powick are being grid locked by drivers blocking them, so no one moves. Come on County Council tell us you have considered traffic management on the roundabouts eg temporary lights to control access and manage the traffic flow - or have you! Worcestershire really paying the price of poor planning over the years - northern relief road etc. Despite County Council putting increased investment for economic development before social care for vulnerable adults would you bring your business here? Come Hardman and co. get the county moving!! rackedoff
  • Score: 0

12:08pm Wed 12 Feb 14

_stu_ says...

@BelleBeautyWR14 11:41am - It is illegal and dangerous to use a handheld electronic device whilst driving.

@WN: There have been a few picutres like this on your blogs over the last few days, and where I can sort of understand it where people are stuck in stationary traffic, this lady is clearly moving whilst taking photos which is extremely irresponsible. I think you also need to take responsibility and not encourage such actions by publishing these photos on your website.
@BelleBeautyWR14 11:41am - It is illegal and dangerous to use a handheld electronic device whilst driving. @WN: There have been a few picutres like this on your blogs over the last few days, and where I can sort of understand it where people are stuck in stationary traffic, this lady is clearly moving whilst taking photos which is extremely irresponsible. I think you also need to take responsibility and not encourage such actions by publishing these photos on your website. _stu_
  • Score: 3

12:12pm Wed 12 Feb 14

welshpricey says...

_stu_ wrote:
@BelleBeautyWR14 11:41am - It is illegal and dangerous to use a handheld electronic device whilst driving.

@WN: There have been a few picutres like this on your blogs over the last few days, and where I can sort of understand it where people are stuck in stationary traffic, this lady is clearly moving whilst taking photos which is extremely irresponsible. I think you also need to take responsibility and not encourage such actions by publishing these photos on your website.
I noticed that also and agree. Irresponsible actions like this, when not concentrating on the road and surroundings, especially in these conditions, makes the lives of our boys and girls in the emergency services even busier.

Hands on the wheel people and get where you're going
[quote][p][bold]_stu_[/bold] wrote: @BelleBeautyWR14 11:41am - It is illegal and dangerous to use a handheld electronic device whilst driving. @WN: There have been a few picutres like this on your blogs over the last few days, and where I can sort of understand it where people are stuck in stationary traffic, this lady is clearly moving whilst taking photos which is extremely irresponsible. I think you also need to take responsibility and not encourage such actions by publishing these photos on your website.[/p][/quote]I noticed that also and agree. Irresponsible actions like this, when not concentrating on the road and surroundings, especially in these conditions, makes the lives of our boys and girls in the emergency services even busier. Hands on the wheel people and get where you're going welshpricey
  • Score: 0

12:33pm Wed 12 Feb 14

chrism says...

@BelleBeautyWR14 has now deleted her tweet!

To those suggesting dredging, it needs pointing out that whatever tub of lard Pickles might say, the experts do agree that it would make little difference in situations like this. Dredging is not a solution to flooding, and was largely carried out in days gone by to help with river traffic.
@BelleBeautyWR14 has now deleted her tweet! To those suggesting dredging, it needs pointing out that whatever tub of lard Pickles might say, the experts do agree that it would make little difference in situations like this. Dredging is not a solution to flooding, and was largely carried out in days gone by to help with river traffic. chrism
  • Score: 6

1:10pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Katy30 says...

Does anyone know what the queues are like for the shuttle now?
Does anyone know what the queues are like for the shuttle now? Katy30
  • Score: 0

1:32pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Popley67 says...

Isnt it strange how now the River Thames is flooded, money is no object!!!

Well done to all of you out there (especially the emergency services and the EA) working so hard and very long hours in very difficult circumstances to keep Worcester going THANK YOU !!!. THANK YOU !!!
Isnt it strange how now the River Thames is flooded, money is no object!!! Well done to all of you out there (especially the emergency services and the EA) working so hard and very long hours in very difficult circumstances to keep Worcester going THANK YOU !!!. THANK YOU !!! Popley67
  • Score: 7

1:45pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Thechopster says...

Heard a rumour that the Carrington Bridge is closing soon. Anyone any news on this?
Heard a rumour that the Carrington Bridge is closing soon. Anyone any news on this? Thechopster
  • Score: 1

1:47pm Wed 12 Feb 14

welshpricey says...

Thechopster wrote:
Heard a rumour that the Carrington Bridge is closing soon. Anyone any news on this?
Would really hope not as that will cause utter carnage
[quote][p][bold]Thechopster[/bold] wrote: Heard a rumour that the Carrington Bridge is closing soon. Anyone any news on this?[/p][/quote]Would really hope not as that will cause utter carnage welshpricey
  • Score: 0

1:58pm Wed 12 Feb 14

welshpricey says...

Ooh, update. Has stopped raining here in Tewkesbury so a bit of a respite. Looking out of my office window south west and it's looking relatively clear and sunny for the moment. Hopefully a chance for people to get out and shore things up again. Wind is still unbelievably strong though so take care. Wuss should get these slightly drier conditions within the next 10 mins or so.
Ooh, update. Has stopped raining here in Tewkesbury so a bit of a respite. Looking out of my office window south west and it's looking relatively clear and sunny for the moment. Hopefully a chance for people to get out and shore things up again. Wind is still unbelievably strong though so take care. Wuss should get these slightly drier conditions within the next 10 mins or so. welshpricey
  • Score: 0

2:06pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Nozzbot says...

welshpricey wrote:
Thechopster wrote:
Heard a rumour that the Carrington Bridge is closing soon. Anyone any news on this?
Would really hope not as that will cause utter carnage
Carnage? Really?
[quote][p][bold]welshpricey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thechopster[/bold] wrote: Heard a rumour that the Carrington Bridge is closing soon. Anyone any news on this?[/p][/quote]Would really hope not as that will cause utter carnage[/p][/quote]Carnage? Really? Nozzbot
  • Score: 0

2:09pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Zoe@Malvern says...

Would it not make sense to close all schools on Thursday & Friday, the kids are on half term next week anyway. This would reduce the number of cars on the road and traffic to and from Worcester, Upton etc. The queues around Worcester would be reduced to a managed length.
Would it not make sense to close all schools on Thursday & Friday, the kids are on half term next week anyway. This would reduce the number of cars on the road and traffic to and from Worcester, Upton etc. The queues around Worcester would be reduced to a managed length. Zoe@Malvern
  • Score: -3

2:12pm Wed 12 Feb 14

welshpricey says...

Nozzbot wrote:
welshpricey wrote:
Thechopster wrote:
Heard a rumour that the Carrington Bridge is closing soon. Anyone any news on this?
Would really hope not as that will cause utter carnage
Carnage? Really?
Good point. Perhaps it should have read "even worse carnage"!!!
[quote][p][bold]Nozzbot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]welshpricey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thechopster[/bold] wrote: Heard a rumour that the Carrington Bridge is closing soon. Anyone any news on this?[/p][/quote]Would really hope not as that will cause utter carnage[/p][/quote]Carnage? Really?[/p][/quote]Good point. Perhaps it should have read "even worse carnage"!!! welshpricey
  • Score: 1

2:29pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Zyban says...

Zoe@Malvern wrote:
Would it not make sense to close all schools on Thursday & Friday, the kids are on half term next week anyway. This would reduce the number of cars on the road and traffic to and from Worcester, Upton etc. The queues around Worcester would be reduced to a managed length.
Really? And what about the parents that work providing an invaluable services to the County, Police, Nurses, Firemen, The Environment Agency etc etc etc . If they have to then take time off to be at home does this not then cause more of a problem? Zoe, you either don’t have children or don’t work!! Be realistic!
[quote][p][bold]Zoe@Malvern[/bold] wrote: Would it not make sense to close all schools on Thursday & Friday, the kids are on half term next week anyway. This would reduce the number of cars on the road and traffic to and from Worcester, Upton etc. The queues around Worcester would be reduced to a managed length.[/p][/quote]Really? And what about the parents that work providing an invaluable services to the County, Police, Nurses, Firemen, The Environment Agency etc etc etc . If they have to then take time off to be at home does this not then cause more of a problem? Zoe, you either don’t have children or don’t work!! Be realistic! Zyban
  • Score: 5

5:02pm Wed 12 Feb 14

moonpig says...

I think the council, EA, police and everyone involved are doing a brilliant job I just have one query/suggestion. Would it not be possible to have traffic control on the sticking points for the only crossings in the city? I was queuing for 40 mins to turn into Holt Heath this morning and my husband is stuck at Whittington trying to get onto the bypass. Lots of drivers are being considerate but there are as many who block junction boxes or don't let others join the flow of traffic. Having a human being directing the traffic at these points would really ease the (understandable and inevitable) congestion and stop tempers from flaring.
I think the council, EA, police and everyone involved are doing a brilliant job I just have one query/suggestion. Would it not be possible to have traffic control on the sticking points for the only crossings in the city? I was queuing for 40 mins to turn into Holt Heath this morning and my husband is stuck at Whittington trying to get onto the bypass. Lots of drivers are being considerate but there are as many who block junction boxes or don't let others join the flow of traffic. Having a human being directing the traffic at these points would really ease the (understandable and inevitable) congestion and stop tempers from flaring. moonpig
  • Score: 4

5:41pm Wed 12 Feb 14

lucious46 says...

Zyban wrote:
Zoe@Malvern wrote:
Would it not make sense to close all schools on Thursday & Friday, the kids are on half term next week anyway. This would reduce the number of cars on the road and traffic to and from Worcester, Upton etc. The queues around Worcester would be reduced to a managed length.
Really? And what about the parents that work providing an invaluable services to the County, Police, Nurses, Firemen, The Environment Agency etc etc etc . If they have to then take time off to be at home does this not then cause more of a problem? Zoe, you either don’t have children or don’t work!! Be realistic!
I actually agree with Zoe.... I am a stay at home mother with 2 girls One of which is at primary school, the conditions out there are horrendous, it was a free for all at school as we weren't allowed to stand it certain places and they wouldn't let the kids out due to health and safety etc etc. as Zoe said less traffic on the roads in rush hour. Makes sence to me!!!
[quote][p][bold]Zyban[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zoe@Malvern[/bold] wrote: Would it not make sense to close all schools on Thursday & Friday, the kids are on half term next week anyway. This would reduce the number of cars on the road and traffic to and from Worcester, Upton etc. The queues around Worcester would be reduced to a managed length.[/p][/quote]Really? And what about the parents that work providing an invaluable services to the County, Police, Nurses, Firemen, The Environment Agency etc etc etc . If they have to then take time off to be at home does this not then cause more of a problem? Zoe, you either don’t have children or don’t work!! Be realistic![/p][/quote]I actually agree with Zoe.... I am a stay at home mother with 2 girls One of which is at primary school, the conditions out there are horrendous, it was a free for all at school as we weren't allowed to stand it certain places and they wouldn't let the kids out due to health and safety etc etc. as Zoe said less traffic on the roads in rush hour. Makes sence to me!!! lucious46
  • Score: 0

6:51pm Wed 12 Feb 14

TANNER1 says...

I worked at Russell & Dorrells When we had the floods in 2007 this looks like its going to be Worse. I remember on the Saturday morning when the flood water came into the car park it was almost surreal. We had a clearance marque that week and we lost all the stock. Its strange seeing all the photos this time.
I worked at Russell & Dorrells When we had the floods in 2007 this looks like its going to be Worse. I remember on the Saturday morning when the flood water came into the car park it was almost surreal. We had a clearance marque that week and we lost all the stock. Its strange seeing all the photos this time. TANNER1
  • Score: 0

7:28pm Wed 12 Feb 14

sitting on the fence gives you piles says...

Dave Throup Fan Club
What a load of sad people there are in this world. If this is Dave Throup's doing, I do hope it isn't interfering with his work.
Dave Throup Fan Club What a load of sad people there are in this world. If this is Dave Throup's doing, I do hope it isn't interfering with his work. sitting on the fence gives you piles
  • Score: -4

7:40pm Wed 12 Feb 14

WycheWitch says...

So the shuttle bus over the closed bridge runs until 10pm tonight. What happens to anyone who needs to cross it after that?

People are still working at that hour and need to get home or to work, others may be out socially supporting local bars and restaurants.

Businesses will suffer if the city shuts at 10pm.
So the shuttle bus over the closed bridge runs until 10pm tonight. What happens to anyone who needs to cross it after that? People are still working at that hour and need to get home or to work, others may be out socially supporting local bars and restaurants. Businesses will suffer if the city shuts at 10pm. WycheWitch
  • Score: -1

9:12pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Zyban says...

lucious46 wrote:
Zyban wrote:
Zoe@Malvern wrote: Would it not make sense to close all schools on Thursday & Friday, the kids are on half term next week anyway. This would reduce the number of cars on the road and traffic to and from Worcester, Upton etc. The queues around Worcester would be reduced to a managed length.
Really? And what about the parents that work providing an invaluable services to the County, Police, Nurses, Firemen, The Environment Agency etc etc etc . If they have to then take time off to be at home does this not then cause more of a problem? Zoe, you either don’t have children or don’t work!! Be realistic!
I actually agree with Zoe.... I am a stay at home mother with 2 girls One of which is at primary school, the conditions out there are horrendous, it was a free for all at school as we weren't allowed to stand it certain places and they wouldn't let the kids out due to health and safety etc etc. as Zoe said less traffic on the roads in rush hour. Makes sence to me!!!
The fact you are a stay at home tends to negate your point of view to be honest!
[quote][p][bold]lucious46[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zyban[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zoe@Malvern[/bold] wrote: Would it not make sense to close all schools on Thursday & Friday, the kids are on half term next week anyway. This would reduce the number of cars on the road and traffic to and from Worcester, Upton etc. The queues around Worcester would be reduced to a managed length.[/p][/quote]Really? And what about the parents that work providing an invaluable services to the County, Police, Nurses, Firemen, The Environment Agency etc etc etc . If they have to then take time off to be at home does this not then cause more of a problem? Zoe, you either don’t have children or don’t work!! Be realistic![/p][/quote]I actually agree with Zoe.... I am a stay at home mother with 2 girls One of which is at primary school, the conditions out there are horrendous, it was a free for all at school as we weren't allowed to stand it certain places and they wouldn't let the kids out due to health and safety etc etc. as Zoe said less traffic on the roads in rush hour. Makes sence to me!!![/p][/quote]The fact you are a stay at home tends to negate your point of view to be honest! Zyban
  • Score: -2

9:17pm Wed 12 Feb 14

lucious46 says...

Zyban wrote:
lucious46 wrote:
Zyban wrote:
Zoe@Malvern wrote: Would it not make sense to close all schools on Thursday & Friday, the kids are on half term next week anyway. This would reduce the number of cars on the road and traffic to and from Worcester, Upton etc. The queues around Worcester would be reduced to a managed length.
Really? And what about the parents that work providing an invaluable services to the County, Police, Nurses, Firemen, The Environment Agency etc etc etc . If they have to then take time off to be at home does this not then cause more of a problem? Zoe, you either don’t have children or don’t work!! Be realistic!
I actually agree with Zoe.... I am a stay at home mother with 2 girls One of which is at primary school, the conditions out there are horrendous, it was a free for all at school as we weren't allowed to stand it certain places and they wouldn't let the kids out due to health and safety etc etc. as Zoe said less traffic on the roads in rush hour. Makes sence to me!!!
The fact you are a stay at home tends to negate your point of view to be honest!
Just because I have got a new born baby I'm not allowed to have my say. You need to get of your high horse. ...
[quote][p][bold]Zyban[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lucious46[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zyban[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zoe@Malvern[/bold] wrote: Would it not make sense to close all schools on Thursday & Friday, the kids are on half term next week anyway. This would reduce the number of cars on the road and traffic to and from Worcester, Upton etc. The queues around Worcester would be reduced to a managed length.[/p][/quote]Really? And what about the parents that work providing an invaluable services to the County, Police, Nurses, Firemen, The Environment Agency etc etc etc . If they have to then take time off to be at home does this not then cause more of a problem? Zoe, you either don’t have children or don’t work!! Be realistic![/p][/quote]I actually agree with Zoe.... I am a stay at home mother with 2 girls One of which is at primary school, the conditions out there are horrendous, it was a free for all at school as we weren't allowed to stand it certain places and they wouldn't let the kids out due to health and safety etc etc. as Zoe said less traffic on the roads in rush hour. Makes sence to me!!![/p][/quote]The fact you are a stay at home tends to negate your point of view to be honest![/p][/quote]Just because I have got a new born baby I'm not allowed to have my say. You need to get of your high horse. ... lucious46
  • Score: -1

10:13pm Wed 12 Feb 14

sitting on the fence gives you piles says...

lucious46 wrote:
Zyban wrote:
lucious46 wrote:
Zyban wrote:
Zoe@Malvern wrote: Would it not make sense to close all schools on Thursday & Friday, the kids are on half term next week anyway. This would reduce the number of cars on the road and traffic to and from Worcester, Upton etc. The queues around Worcester would be reduced to a managed length.
Really? And what about the parents that work providing an invaluable services to the County, Police, Nurses, Firemen, The Environment Agency etc etc etc . If they have to then take time off to be at home does this not then cause more of a problem? Zoe, you either don’t have children or don’t work!! Be realistic!
I actually agree with Zoe.... I am a stay at home mother with 2 girls One of which is at primary school, the conditions out there are horrendous, it was a free for all at school as we weren't allowed to stand it certain places and they wouldn't let the kids out due to health and safety etc etc. as Zoe said less traffic on the roads in rush hour. Makes sence to me!!!
The fact you are a stay at home tends to negate your point of view to be honest!
Just because I have got a new born baby I'm not allowed to have my say. You need to get of your high horse. ...
To answer your question Zoe, no it wouldn't make sense.
[quote][p][bold]lucious46[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zyban[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lucious46[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zyban[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zoe@Malvern[/bold] wrote: Would it not make sense to close all schools on Thursday & Friday, the kids are on half term next week anyway. This would reduce the number of cars on the road and traffic to and from Worcester, Upton etc. The queues around Worcester would be reduced to a managed length.[/p][/quote]Really? And what about the parents that work providing an invaluable services to the County, Police, Nurses, Firemen, The Environment Agency etc etc etc . If they have to then take time off to be at home does this not then cause more of a problem? Zoe, you either don’t have children or don’t work!! Be realistic![/p][/quote]I actually agree with Zoe.... I am a stay at home mother with 2 girls One of which is at primary school, the conditions out there are horrendous, it was a free for all at school as we weren't allowed to stand it certain places and they wouldn't let the kids out due to health and safety etc etc. as Zoe said less traffic on the roads in rush hour. Makes sence to me!!![/p][/quote]The fact you are a stay at home tends to negate your point of view to be honest![/p][/quote]Just because I have got a new born baby I'm not allowed to have my say. You need to get of your high horse. ...[/p][/quote]To answer your question Zoe, no it wouldn't make sense. sitting on the fence gives you piles
  • Score: 5

11:25pm Wed 12 Feb 14

presterjohn says...

Zyban wrote:
lucious46 wrote:
Zyban wrote:
Zoe@Malvern wrote: Would it not make sense to close all schools on Thursday & Friday, the kids are on half term next week anyway. This would reduce the number of cars on the road and traffic to and from Worcester, Upton etc. The queues around Worcester would be reduced to a managed length.
Really? And what about the parents that work providing an invaluable services to the County, Police, Nurses, Firemen, The Environment Agency etc etc etc . If they have to then take time off to be at home does this not then cause more of a problem? Zoe, you either don’t have children or don’t work!! Be realistic!
I actually agree with Zoe.... I am a stay at home mother with 2 girls One of which is at primary school, the conditions out there are horrendous, it was a free for all at school as we weren't allowed to stand it certain places and they wouldn't let the kids out due to health and safety etc etc. as Zoe said less traffic on the roads in rush hour. Makes sence to me!!!
The fact you are a stay at home tends to negate your point of view to be honest!
Zyban the fact that you can't think beyond your own four walls negates your point of view to be honest. Here is a shocking bit of news for you. Other people in the world exist too you know. We are not all just extras in the Zyban show.
[quote][p][bold]Zyban[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lucious46[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zyban[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zoe@Malvern[/bold] wrote: Would it not make sense to close all schools on Thursday & Friday, the kids are on half term next week anyway. This would reduce the number of cars on the road and traffic to and from Worcester, Upton etc. The queues around Worcester would be reduced to a managed length.[/p][/quote]Really? And what about the parents that work providing an invaluable services to the County, Police, Nurses, Firemen, The Environment Agency etc etc etc . If they have to then take time off to be at home does this not then cause more of a problem? Zoe, you either don’t have children or don’t work!! Be realistic![/p][/quote]I actually agree with Zoe.... I am a stay at home mother with 2 girls One of which is at primary school, the conditions out there are horrendous, it was a free for all at school as we weren't allowed to stand it certain places and they wouldn't let the kids out due to health and safety etc etc. as Zoe said less traffic on the roads in rush hour. Makes sence to me!!![/p][/quote]The fact you are a stay at home tends to negate your point of view to be honest![/p][/quote]Zyban the fact that you can't think beyond your own four walls negates your point of view to be honest. Here is a shocking bit of news for you. Other people in the world exist too you know. We are not all just extras in the Zyban show. presterjohn
  • Score: -3

6:10am Thu 13 Feb 14

Pomygranit says...

Some rumours about the level on new road stopping the shuttle service.
If they have to stop the buses please please please ask the army for help. All routing the bus around the ring road will cause more chaos.
What is the problem with asking for assistance, the more i hear of Fraser the more I sense he is out of the depth (pardon the pun) and we need someone to take control.
Some rumours about the level on new road stopping the shuttle service. If they have to stop the buses please please please ask the army for help. All routing the bus around the ring road will cause more chaos. What is the problem with asking for assistance, the more i hear of Fraser the more I sense he is out of the depth (pardon the pun) and we need someone to take control. Pomygranit
  • Score: -2

8:16am Thu 13 Feb 14

welshpricey says...

Morning all,

floods by the nash in kempsey has now subsided and fallen tree has been cut up. The A38 through Severn Stoke is still flooded but it passable with care. Just after you have gone through the floods there is a small tree on the road but again passable with care then plain sailing out to the M50 roundabout.

Malverns look nice with snow on them, although 3 year old was again not happy that she didn't have any to play with!!!
Morning all, floods by the nash in kempsey has now subsided and fallen tree has been cut up. The A38 through Severn Stoke is still flooded but it passable with care. Just after you have gone through the floods there is a small tree on the road but again passable with care then plain sailing out to the M50 roundabout. Malverns look nice with snow on them, although 3 year old was again not happy that she didn't have any to play with!!! welshpricey
  • Score: 0

8:48am Thu 13 Feb 14

TANNER1 says...

Looking at the steps of the old Russell & Dorrell or where they should be it looks about on par with 2007.I did not think it would hit those same levels
Looking at the steps of the old Russell & Dorrell or where they should be it looks about on par with 2007.I did not think it would hit those same levels TANNER1
  • Score: 0

8:58am Thu 13 Feb 14

welshpricey says...

For a bit more fun the A438 from j9 of the M5 into Tewkesbury has now been shut due to flooding. No taking short cuts that way to get back into Worcester I'm afraid!!!
For a bit more fun the A438 from j9 of the M5 into Tewkesbury has now been shut due to flooding. No taking short cuts that way to get back into Worcester I'm afraid!!! welshpricey
  • Score: 0

9:07am Thu 13 Feb 14

poodlejones16 says...

Anybody know what the roads in from Malvern are like?
Anybody know what the roads in from Malvern are like? poodlejones16
  • Score: 0

9:24am Thu 13 Feb 14

jovialcommonsense says...

Re 9.18am.
He sat on the postcard and floated down river?
Re 9.18am. He sat on the postcard and floated down river? jovialcommonsense
  • Score: 0

10:41am Thu 13 Feb 14

Pomygranit says...

10:30: Chris Eakin BBC presenter in Worcester describes a "city divided in two by the swelling of the river". The River Severn hit record levels overnight, and is still rising.

Can Mr Eakin go back to London,instead of standing in some water pointing out the obvious. Tthere is still transport across the river people are managing, we could do without his alarmist rhetoric
10:30: Chris Eakin BBC presenter in Worcester describes a "city divided in two by the swelling of the river". The River Severn hit record levels overnight, and is still rising. Can Mr Eakin go back to London,instead of standing in some water pointing out the obvious. Tthere is still transport across the river people are managing, we could do without his alarmist rhetoric Pomygranit
  • Score: 0

11:06am Thu 13 Feb 14

Fishy says...

Does anyone know whether buses diverted along Bath Rd are picking up/dropping passengers there?
Does anyone know whether buses diverted along Bath Rd are picking up/dropping passengers there? Fishy
  • Score: -1

12:07pm Thu 13 Feb 14

welshpricey says...

What is that really weird thing in the sky and this warm, cosy feeling you get whenever the light from it hits you???? Forgotten what the sun looked like!!
What is that really weird thing in the sky and this warm, cosy feeling you get whenever the light from it hits you???? Forgotten what the sun looked like!! welshpricey
  • Score: 0

2:49pm Thu 13 Feb 14

newike says...

Superb service from Worcester News keeping us all informed about the floods. Congratulations to all involved.
Superb service from Worcester News keeping us all informed about the floods. Congratulations to all involved. newike
  • Score: 3

3:41pm Thu 13 Feb 14

welshpricey says...

Woohoo, power to the people. I take it all back Mr Cameron and you are a man of your word. Yesterday I posted about utilizing mod vehicles to travel through the flooded areas. At 2:59 today, guess what, they're going to use military vehicles to travel through flooded areas!!!

Now, if I can just get this crystal ball of mine to work on lottery numbers I'm laughing ;-)
Woohoo, power to the people. I take it all back Mr Cameron and you are a man of your word. Yesterday I posted about utilizing mod vehicles to travel through the flooded areas. At 2:59 today, guess what, they're going to use military vehicles to travel through flooded areas!!! Now, if I can just get this crystal ball of mine to work on lottery numbers I'm laughing ;-) welshpricey
  • Score: 0

5:04pm Thu 13 Feb 14

citykid says...

Great thanks to all the Enviroment Agency workers who are doing a fantastic job keeping us all informed on flood information, no doubt working long hours. Once again thank you
Great thanks to all the Enviroment Agency workers who are doing a fantastic job keeping us all informed on flood information, no doubt working long hours. Once again thank you citykid
  • Score: 1

5:31pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Moltaire says...

citykid wrote:
Great thanks to all the Enviroment Agency workers who are doing a fantastic job keeping us all informed on flood information, no doubt working long hours. Once again thank you
Agreed, the information from the EA has been excellent, in addition to the great job they're doing generally. Compare this to the council's highways department's communication which has been poor, made worse by their buffoon Mr Fraser who adds no value to his interviews or gives any essential information.
[quote][p][bold]citykid[/bold] wrote: Great thanks to all the Enviroment Agency workers who are doing a fantastic job keeping us all informed on flood information, no doubt working long hours. Once again thank you[/p][/quote]Agreed, the information from the EA has been excellent, in addition to the great job they're doing generally. Compare this to the council's highways department's communication which has been poor, made worse by their buffoon Mr Fraser who adds no value to his interviews or gives any essential information. Moltaire
  • Score: 0

6:53pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Redhillman says...

Moltaire wrote:
citykid wrote:
Great thanks to all the Enviroment Agency workers who are doing a fantastic job keeping us all informed on flood information, no doubt working long hours. Once again thank you
Agreed, the information from the EA has been excellent, in addition to the great job they're doing generally. Compare this to the council's highways department's communication which has been poor, made worse by their buffoon Mr Fraser who adds no value to his interviews or gives any essential information.
Agreed Moltaire. Just seen the EA's Dave Throup on Midlands Today and he's been doing a sterling job on giving information and advice, including information on the road network which the highways department should be doing. Where the hell are the highways department? Why are we hearing next to nothing from them?
[quote][p][bold]Moltaire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]citykid[/bold] wrote: Great thanks to all the Enviroment Agency workers who are doing a fantastic job keeping us all informed on flood information, no doubt working long hours. Once again thank you[/p][/quote]Agreed, the information from the EA has been excellent, in addition to the great job they're doing generally. Compare this to the council's highways department's communication which has been poor, made worse by their buffoon Mr Fraser who adds no value to his interviews or gives any essential information.[/p][/quote]Agreed Moltaire. Just seen the EA's Dave Throup on Midlands Today and he's been doing a sterling job on giving information and advice, including information on the road network which the highways department should be doing. Where the hell are the highways department? Why are we hearing next to nothing from them? Redhillman
  • Score: -2

12:35pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Andy-Apache says...

Perhaps Zoe is a teacher and fancied a few days off before half term before the Teacher 'Education' Day which will undoubtedly follow. She got her way anyhow because Chase closed today, apparently because the highways agency said the weather might be bad (no sh*t Sherlock!). Luckily for us, our kids are teens so don't require us to stay off work to look after them, but once again, parents of younger kids are having to take holiday unnecessarily.

Oddly enough, I'm in work, and I can't think of any fellow employees missing either. We all got in (many from as far afield as Gloucester or Birmingham), so why not teachers? Perhaps they're missing the snow days this year? What's next? Too sunny to go to school due to risk of sunburn?
Perhaps Zoe is a teacher and fancied a few days off before half term before the Teacher 'Education' Day which will undoubtedly follow. She got her way anyhow because Chase closed today, apparently because the highways agency said the weather might be bad (no sh*t Sherlock!). Luckily for us, our kids are teens so don't require us to stay off work to look after them, but once again, parents of younger kids are having to take holiday unnecessarily. Oddly enough, I'm in work, and I can't think of any fellow employees missing either. We all got in (many from as far afield as Gloucester or Birmingham), so why not teachers? Perhaps they're missing the snow days this year? What's next? Too sunny to go to school due to risk of sunburn? Andy-Apache
  • Score: -4

8:51am Mon 24 Feb 14

kidderlord says...

Looking at the pics of the debris at the bridge at Worcester, is this not hampering the flow of water? As the bridge is actually closed to traffic, is there no way a long arm JCB could be placed on bridge to remove debris and load onto lorries to ease the flow. If resources are not available locally then surely the army could be drafted in as the PM has said they can be used unconditionally. Just a thought!
Looking at the pics of the debris at the bridge at Worcester, is this not hampering the flow of water? As the bridge is actually closed to traffic, is there no way a long arm JCB could be placed on bridge to remove debris and load onto lorries to ease the flow. If resources are not available locally then surely the army could be drafted in as the PM has said they can be used unconditionally. Just a thought! kidderlord
  • Score: 0

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