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Flooding disruption across Worcestershire: Live
Updated 11:32pm Monday 10th February 2014 in News
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- Worcestershire is facing disruption this morning
- Roads are closed across the county
- Monday morning commuters facing delays
- Schools look set to close
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That's all for today.
Thanks, once again, for all your wonderful contributions.
Back with more updates tomorrow.
Tomorrow's front page (and back page!). Five more pictures of flood reports and pictures inside too. Makes a terrific keepsake! Based on Dave Grubb's remarkable photograph.
Deserted Deansway at 12.30pm. By Dave Grubb via www.facebook.com/theworcesternews
Pics show the gate closed on Kempsey flood defence ensuring the ford does not go above 6ft therefore preventing the brook flooding the centre of the village. By Nicola Spears via www.facebook.com/theworcesternews
The A438, out of Tewkesbury towards the M5 is currently passable with care, as is the A38 at Longford and Norton, but drivers are being urged to drive with care by the Gloucestershire Highways team.
The Met Office is warning that heavy showers are expected on Wednesday, while there is the potential for further storms at the end of the week.
Road temperatures are likely to fall below zero degrees overnight, which could lead to icy conditions.
Gloucestershire Highways will be out gritting this week and is urging drivers to take extra care and to keep speeds down.
RT @DaveThroupEA: #Worcester sunset River remains very high and levels fairly stable at the moment. Rise expected again tomorrow http://t.c…— @bbchw 10 February 2014
Worcester Bridge and New Road oddly quiet! Was expecting much worse!— Sarah Eleanor Taylor (@SarahTaylorWN) February 10, 2014
Getting home tonight
Here are some useful links for you:
Riverboats Children's Centre in Upton-upon-Severn closed due to flooding http://t.co/6DzgCM5v5L— @worcscc 10 February 2014
Latest information on Worcestershire's roads.
Worcester Bridge re-opened at 1pm today. Traffic is being directed by police marshalling.
The bridge may be closed again if flooding increases.
The following road closures are currently in place:
Switchback - Bewdley - Stourport
A44 North Parade, Worcester
B4088 Eckington Bridge
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
Worcestershire County Council are urging motorists not to drive into flood water because of the possibility of hidden hazards.
Businesses and retailers based in the city of Worcester are open for business despite the flooding along the River Severn.
Traders are concerned about some coverage suggesting that Worcester is a city “under siege” and is “closed for business” and are keen to reassure people who are safely and easily able to make it into the city centre that they are open for business.
Worcester BID Street Rangers have been out and about on the streets of the city, speaking to traders who have confirmed they are open despite the difficult conditions.
Adrian Field, manager of the Worcester Business Improvement District (BID), a not-for-profit organisation set up to support and represent traders, said: “We have a contingency to help businesses in these types of situations and we are keen to re-iterate that the city centre’s businesses are very much open.
“There is perhaps the perception that Worcester city has been on lock down but that is not the case.
"The businesses are very keen to maintain normality. Car parking is still available in locations set back from the banks of the river such as St. Martin’s Gate.
“However, we would encourage anyone thinking of heading into the city centre today to exercise caution, plan their route and use their common sense to ensure their journey is conducted safely.
"We are encouraging businesses and retailers to promote the fact they are open on Twitter, using the hashtag #open4business.”
CrownGate Shopping Centre is also open as usual today, with only the car park and bus station currently affected by flooding.
Centre manager Erica Burlace said: “All of our shops are open as normal and we look forward to welcoming people into town.
“Unfortunately, localised flooding has meant that we have had to close the Crowngate car park today as well as divert a number of bus services.
"But we are hopeful that the car park and bus station will re-open tomorrow.”
St John Ambulance volunteers came to the aid of an elderly woman who was stranded in her home in Stourport on Severn due to rising floodwater yesterday (Sunday).
First aiders Richard Brown and Adam Hoskins used one of the charity’s specialist 4x4 vehicles to reach the 83-year-old who was unable to leave her static home in Stourport on Severn.
At the request of Worcestershire social services, the pair transported the woman, who was suffering with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema, from her property to a nursing home.
St John Ambulance Regional Emergency Operations Officer Jon Mannion said: "We were called just after 1pm on Sunday and by the time we had reached the woman just over an hour later, the site was totally underwater with up to 18 inches standing floodwater from the nearby River Severn and it was continuing to rise.
"Luckily our vehicles are built to deal with these conditions and Richard and Adam were able to safely access the woman’s home, and get her to a place of safety."
The vehicle is kitted out with specialist equipment to deal with medical conditions and volunteers are highly trained to deal with any medical emergency that may arise with their patients.
As the nation’s leading first aid charity, most of the charity’s work focuses on teaching people life saving first aid, but St John Ambulance is also a key part of the regional emergency response operations during times of crisis.
Picture of Aaron Sanders, age 3, investigating the biggest ever muddy puddle he has ever seen in his life. Sent to us by text: 80360 WN News
1/2 Level @ Upton 5.4m & peaking. Its a couple of cm’s from top of bricks. Still another 40cm of glass ontop of wall pic.twitter.com/YUs0FFHQg3— Env Agency Midlands (@EnvAgencyMids) February 10, 2014
Nice floods video by Fran Sheridan.
Silver meeting concluded, decisions taken include reopening of Worcester bridge. River levels dropping slightly but more rain on the way— Grant Wills (@HWFireGCWills) February 10, 2014
Despite the miserable weather of late, 2014 has been far from a washout for one Worcester business.
Travel agents Spires Travel, based in the All Saints building on Deansway, has reported a growing number of foreign bookings since the start of the year.
"The weather has been terrible of late and has had a positive effect on foreign holiday bookings," said Paul Knapper, Spires' manager.
"We have had our busiest January since we opened 13 years ago, with the popular destinations such as Spain, Turkey and Greece selling very well."
2:21pm Mon 10 Feb 14
Hwicce wrote:Hive was closed due to Power failure. Seems fair enough to me.
A Worcestershire County Council spokesman on The Hive: "The Hive will be open to the public from 2pm this afternoon, Monday 10th February. All services will operate as normal although there may be a limited range on offer in the cafe"
Errrr? Why was it even closed? Are all the librarians out on flood duty somewhere?
This seems to be the great Worcester farce instead of the great Worcester flood.
2:18pm Mon 10 Feb 14
Anyone know what state the dual tracks / new bridge is in coming from Junct 7?
Lake Worcester - midday from St Andrews Spire. By Dave Grubb via www.facebook.com/theworcesternews
Hi @DaveThroupEA, I reckon lots of Pershore residents are very grateful for the Flood Defence this year http://t.co/jVOgknZFaB— @martinbuckley 10 February 2014
The Wedding Fayre at New Road this Sunday has been postponed. A new date will be announced ASAP.— @WorcsCCC 10 February 2014
Update from New Road http://t.co/2ldgytPZJ2 http://t.co/4G0qgJVthR— @WorcsCCC 10 February 2014
View from the spire top west window midday! http://t.co/pN6xKqbygm— @worc_peregrines 10 February 2014
River Teme somewhat bigger than it should be. From Ankerdine Hill. pic.twitter.com/friPmcCNV4— Dave Throup (@DaveThroupEA) February 10, 2014
Worcestershire County Council have released the following update on the closure of the bus station:
The Crowngate bus station re-opened at 1pm in line with Worcester bridge.
This means all Worcester City Centre buses are now operating in and out of the bus station as usual.
Some delays are possible due to the amended routes, however, the city centre is open and the County Council is monitoring the situation closely.
Cllr John Smith OBE, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Highways, said: "We continue to monitor the situation closely as due to the weather, this is a dynamic situation.
"We will continue to keep our website updated with details of any changes to bus routes and in Worcester City.
"Buses have returned to their normal routes into and out of the Crowngate bus station.
"We are working to keep our cities open as well as keep people safe and to reiterate earlier messages from all agencies, please stay away from flood water and the danger is can bring.
"The free shuttle service which operated in Worcester earlier today whilst the bridge was closed will be brought back in the event of any future bridge closures."
Bus services continue to be updated via the alerts on the County Council website at worcestershire.gov.uk as well as details of any services affected, school closures and road closures.
Updates are also available via Twitter @worcscc
1:17pm Mon 10 Feb 14
A Worcestershire County Council spokesman on The Hive: "The Hive will be open to the public from 2pm this afternoon, Monday 10th February. All services will operate as normal although there may be a limited range on offer in the cafe"
Errrr? Why was it even closed? Are all the librarians out on flood duty somewhere?
This seems to be the great Worcester farce instead of the great Worcester flood.
1:04pm Mon 10 Feb 14
I live on College Street by cathedral and whole area was blocked off by police, despite the round-about being a safer turn around point than City Walls Road. Arrived home with my new born and a 2 year old for the officer to tell me I wasnt allowed to go the 20 meters behind him to my own parking bay and home and I had to go pay to park some where and carry the kids in my arms in the rain from the bottom of Bath Road.
Finally walked back and the officers had changed shift, the next one was allowing anybody to go through with a reason.
Im really not impressed with the way this was planned out and lack of communication, delays and needed Road closures is understandable but an officer stopping someone from accessing their own home with their children, on a road that is not affected by the flooding is just disgusting. Especially when the officer that replaces him works to completely different standards.
Our only way out from our place at Holt Fleet Lock. Crossing a field at times waist deep. By Linda Chiles via www.facebook.com/theworcesternews
To those newly flooded good flood recovery guide written by people who've flooded. http://t.co/rjJYegToEz free download. Thinking of you!— @floodmary 10 February 2014
Today @HWFireControl have been busy responding to 999 calls to RTCs and vehicles trapped in floodwater. #staysafe on the roads.— @HWFire 10 February 2014
New Road open to two-way traffic as Worcester Bridge reopens.
Flooding in Upton upon Severn main road access to town closed pic.twitter.com/GiFoYuWeip— Mike Baldock (@mikebaldock) February 10, 2014
A Worcestershire County Council spokesman on The Hive:
"The Hive will be open to the public from 2pm this afternoon, Monday 10th February.
"All services will operate as normal although there may be a limited range on offer in the cafe
Just going for a cycle through the floods on pitchcroft on a Sunday evening!!! ... as ya do!! By Gemma Rawlings via www.facebook.com/theworcesternews
12:29pm Mon 10 Feb 14
Fantastic. Now a major RTA on the a38 at Ryall meaning the road will be closed for several hours. As that is the only route alleviating some of the pressure off the M5 and southern link roads, sooner rather than later is the order of the day. Worcester will absolutely grind to a halt if it is not reopened by rush hour.
12:05pm Mon 10 Feb 14
glad i dont live over the other side of the river thats a fact
From 1pm all #Worcester City Centre buses will be operating as usual to and from the bus station with some delays http://t.co/ExBsr6GGFQ— @worcscc 10 February 2014
UPDATE - @TheHiveWorcs will re-open at 2pm. All services operating as usual when doors re-open. Thanks for your patience.— @worcscc 10 February 2014
The Hive is expected to re-open at 2pm, a spokesman from Worcestershire County Council has said.
#CautionWetFloor http://t.co/S9PXbuTbYv— @WorcsCCC 10 February 2014
Just had to deploy an officer on permanent duty on Bewdley Bridge to prevent barriers and signs being moved. Closures for safety.— @SuptNorthWorcs 10 February 2014
Oh good, it's raining. #worcesterfloods— @lizzlekicks1 10 February 2014
We are doing our best to support local businesses. Visit our blog http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/10999180.Defying_the_floods_and_open_as_usual__Tweets_and_messages_from_your_LOCAL_businesses__Please_support_them/?ref=var_0
Defying the floods and open as usual! Tweets and messages from businesses. Please support them (From Worcester News) http://t.co/yDrY5Re2xB— @Cat_Phillips 10 February 2014
11:48am Mon 10 Feb 14
So we've finally got some common sense and the bridge will open for limited two-way traffic at 1pm.
It seems to say a lot that the info appears on here from the Environment Agency rather than the Council Highways. It says a lot about our problems in Worcestershire.
Keep up the good work Environment Agency, please try and catch up Council Highways.
The Old Rectifying House, Worcester. Defiantly going to open at noon despite the floods. pic.twitter.com/4Di6JQ1VA6— steven morris (@stevenmorris20) February 10, 2014
Worcester might have floods but it is still open for business and most roads are quiet— Sutcliffe & Co (@sutcliffeCo) February 10, 2014
@johnwilsonWN all roads a nightmare Upton surrounded daughter travelling into Glos to get home from Upton centre back to ryall— Mike Baldock (@mikebaldock) February 10, 2014
Pretty incredible scenes in Worcester today - main bridge closed to traffic. Least it's light work for local swans. http://t.co/PQQFFfo0zB— @richardgriffo 09 February 2014
Swans enjoying the floods in an eerily quiet Worcester. http://t.co/9a7VQjEXKn— @stevenmorris20 10 February 2014
Misery for some riverside flat dwellers in Worcester. http://t.co/zO6K8rXlVE— @stevenmorris20 10 February 2014
Traffic from Malvern to #Worcester still bad. Have resorted to parking in St.Johns and walking/swimming to the town centre— @VerityJasmin 10 February 2014
WATER on the roads combined with dropping temperatures saw driving conditions across the county deteriorate this morning.
Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service were called to eight car accidents this morning after wet roads became icy following low temperatures overnight.
In School Road, Droitwich, a woman had to be cut free from her car after it flipped onto its roof.
The accident happened shortly before 6.55am.
Another car ended up on its side in Much Marcle near the Royal Oak at about 7.01am this morning.
There were also accidents in Dagnell End, Redditch, Llangua in South Wales, at Leominster, in Welsh Newton, Ross, Alvechurch near Redditch and at Belbroughton.
Mick Cadman, North Worcestershire Group Commander, said: "We have had a number of silver level meetings in Worcestershire. We were concerned with people driving into flood water but then the temperature dropped and surface water from yesterday turned to ice.
"Our advice is don't drive into flood water and be aware of dropping temperatures causing icy roads."
Still open for business!! The Swan Theatre and Huntingdon Hall both open and all events going ahead as normal,... http://t.co/YIvIzlvKQM— @theswantheatre 10 February 2014
Two way traffic across the Worcester Bridge from 1pm today.
#Worcester bridge will be opening to 2 way traffic from about 1pm. Other roads remaining closed http://t.co/B21gOrbCKj— @DaveThroupEA 10 February 2014
10:54am Mon 10 Feb 14
Why didn't the agency this morning open New Road to vehicles and make the 2 road a 2 way system up into Broad street and then through town.
They obviously new early on that New Road would be open as the Council put free buses on from St Johns to Broad Street.
I little more forward thinking would of eased the traffic this morning. I understand from a H&S point of view that traffic through north parade was not viable but through Broad Street would of been fine.
I walked in this morning from Powick and up New Road and didn't need to get my wellies out once!!!
@myworcester workers fixing walkway for local residents living near flooded Pitchcroft http://t.co/IhWHQyheSc— @JoySquires 10 February 2014
Worcester workers. Save time 1st thing in the morning by not making sandwiches for work & buy lunch in city's great eateries. #open4business— @WorcesterBID 09 February 2014
RT @worcscc: Free city centre shuttle bus running from the Bull Ring roundabout to the bottom of Broad Street across the bridge http://t.co…— @WorcesterBID 10 February 2014
Despite road closures, Worcester city centre is very much #open4business today!— @WorcesterBID 10 February 2014
Message from BID manager Adrian Field to the @worcesternews regarding #open4business http://t.co/YrGPtuxuzr— @WorcesterBID 10 February 2014
BUSINESSES in Malvern Link are waiting for electricity company workers to reach them and deal with a power cut.
The power cut, at Spring Lane, is affecting eight customers, including Malvern Plastics, Roundhouse Kitchens and Fleet Line Markers.
The outage was reported about 8.30am but repair staff from Western Power were delayed in arriving from their Worcester depot by flood-caused congestion.
Ian Grizzell of Malvern Plastics said a few minutes ago: "We don't know how long it will take the digging team to arrive, so we don't know whether to sit here in the cold and dark waiting for the power to come back on, or call it a day."
Worcester is very much open for business, that is the message from local companies.
Adrian Field, Worcester BID Manager, said businesses in the city centre were keen to let people know they were still open despite road closures.
"There is perhaps the perception that Worcester city is on lock down but that is not the case.
"Businesses are still open and there is lots of car parking. Routes into the city are also open and train travel is still operational.
"The businesses are very keen to maintain normality."
Tweets will be going out today using #open4business to promote local businesses trading in the city.
Motorbike marooned in Worcester last night. Sent by anonymous texter (80360 WN News)
Houses in Waterworks Rd show how putting in defences can keep floods at bay pic.twitter.com/tiEhExLvbh— Joy Squires (@JoySquires) February 10, 2014
10:26am Mon 10 Feb 14
I made this post on the FB page too, so apologies to those who have to read it twice, but I want to make a point!
My points is what about those who have vehicle capable of traversing the water in town? This morning I was turned away by police, who in all fairness were just doing their job, who said that I would get through in my vehicle fine but they weren't allowed to let me through as they'd been told not to. Surely we should be afforded the privellage of being able to access places if we have the means?
Not only would I be able to get to where id want to go if certain vehicles were allowed to go through it would go some way to easing congestion elsewhere!
I can appreciate they don't want people getting stuck but some people do have some common sense, yes I know its not a given in this day and age, and can judge when something is passable in suitable vehicles!
10:19am Mon 10 Feb 14
The gridlock created by the closure of the bridge proves that a fully functioning ring road around Worcester is necessary.
Why doesn't Worcestershire County Council agree?
9:54am Mon 10 Feb 14
If it makes anyone else feel any better I had no issues in getting from High Green to Tewkesbury this morning!!! #easyjourney
6:58am Mon 10 Feb 14
suspend the severn trent work on Bath Road immediately
Temp traffic lights on Bath Road and Newtown Road were removed yesterday.
One carriageway will re-open on Worcester Bridge at 1pm today.
Traffic will be directed by police marshalling.
Drivers are asked to drive with caution and be mindful of other motorists, cyclists and pedestrians while also respecting other road closures for their own safety.
Please note the bridge may be closed again if flooding increases again.
The situation is being closely monitored by partners. We are working hard to keep the city open while keeping people safe.
The following road closures are currently in place due to the recent heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding:
Worcester city centre closures until 1pm today:
Worcester bridge including New Road, Castle Street, Deansway, Dolday, North Parade, Croft Road and Tybridge Street. Local diversions in place.
@johnwilsonWN @SarahTaylorWN husband reports a4440 is fine going out of worcester but coming in m5 still backed up to jnc 6— @aliciakellyWN 10 February 2014
Attending #silver command meeting at County Hall on #worcesterfloods want to ensure as much of city as possible is open for business— @RobinWalkerMP 10 February 2014
Another photo by Mark Regan.
Photo by Mark Regan shows the extent of the flooding in Worcester city centre.
We've just heard areas throughout Worcester are experiencing power cuts as a result of the floods.
The Hive is currently closed due to loss of power and we have had reports of homes in Battenhall with no electricity.
More on this as soon as we get it.
Levels at #upton remain extremely high. Almost on glass of defences. Imagine how deep it would be in homes! http://t.co/zAkImY8avB— @DaveThroupEA 10 February 2014
Lots of roads in H&W that are flooded. If you come across flooding better to be safe than sorry. Getting stuck… http://t.co/u8K64yGftk— @OFFICIALWMAS 10 February 2014
If there's a road sign saying road flooded or road closed, don't keep going (even in a 4x4) - the sign's there for… http://t.co/gTSpHWfn7U— @OFFICIALWMAS 10 February 2014
Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the flooding RT @SarahTaylorWN Hearing that 47 homes flooded in Worcestershire. Very sad news.— @CrownGate1 10 February 2014
Fire service reporting lots of car accidents across Worcestershire this morning.
District Commander for Fire and Rescue in South Worcestershire, Tactical Commander, Hazmat and CBRN Advisor and National Interagency Liaison Officer Grant Wills tweeted that road conditions were leading to more accidents and advised people to take care.
We will be able to update people on the locations of the accidents and possible areas to take extra care soon.
More cars on their roof and on their side across the county, Worcester city crew dealing with the latest #takecare— @HWFireGCWills 10 February 2014
Multi Agency #silver command meeting for #Worcestershire starting now . Lots to deal with, now and looking ahead— @HWFireGCWills 10 February 2014
The Hive is currently closed to the public - all archives are safe, but water and power are off at present.
Road by White Bear in #Tewkesbury is flooded completely. Go careful! #Floods— @CharlotteAPot 10 February 2014
Businesses in the city of Worcester very much open today despite road closures.
The @CrownGate1 car park is closed today due to accessibility problems caused by localised flooding but the centre is #open4business.— @CrownGate1 10 February 2014
@h11edc @WorcesterCity_ really? I'm trying to get to Malvern link from worc and it's taken 2 hours so far, by the ketch now though— @ChrisW__ 10 February 2014
Reports coming in that 47 homes have been flooded in Worcestershire.
If you have been flooded and would like to share your story please contact our reporter Cat on firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 01905 742255.
Anyone powick roundabout side of the new bridge got a traffic update? By Norton ATM @WorcesterCity_— @ChrisW__ 10 February 2014
@WorcesterHotel are open for business as usual were still totally accessible. Please call us for further info or assistance 0190524308— @WorcesterHotel 10 February 2014
Many homes have been flooded across the weekend and roads could remain shut for the week.
Check out our coverage here http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/10998463.In_deep_trouble/?ref=var_0
Water, water everywhere: HOME owners have been left devastated after flood water described as "verging on the ... http://t.co/RfEzNOgKUT— @worcesternews 10 February 2014
I'm stuck in major traffic at Powick & have hardly any fuel! A breakdown is the last thing I need at the mo! @youthcommradio @worcesternews— @0xSad_Smilex0 10 February 2014
Our editor reports that traffic out of Worcester is backed up a mile before Holt Fleet river bridge.— @worcesternews 10 February 2014
We have been told journeys into Worcester through Holt Fleet are taking nearly two hours.
Remember to keep us posted on how you have been impacted by the floods.
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Bad news - seems we should expect to see the River Severn rise again tomorrow. Levels expected to be higher than they are now.
Live from Hylton Road #worcester River peaked for now but expected to rise again tomorrow http://t.co/jGxJsdChEx— @DaveThroupEA 10 February 2014
People wandering around looking confused, some taking photos on their phone...#floodedworcester— @NeilLaurenson 10 February 2014
An eerie sight on a Monday morning. No cars and no sound of traffic. #floods http://t.co/ch1IiV6Q35— @Cat_Phillips 10 February 2014
Apart from walkers, the city centre feels empty. Seen a couple of cars braving it but most on foot.— @Cat_Phillips 10 February 2014
No traffic on The Tything. Have never seen it so fast moving on a Monday morning.— @Cat_Phillips 10 February 2014
Hope everyone got in safely. Waterproof trousers are very 'in' this week...— @WCT_official 10 February 2014
Our reporter Rob Hale says the train from Malvern to Worcester was way busier than a normal Monday morning.
It seems a lot of people have taken advice on board and decided to avoid driving into Worcester.
Keep us posted on how your journey into work has been.
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Worcester bridge & Sabrina bridge are open to pedestrians. Make sure you don't forget your wellies... #Worcester is #open4business— @WorcesterBID 10 February 2014
The environment centre, Barbourne #floods http://t.co/SxyeKwE8IQ— @Cat_Phillips 10 February 2014
On the M5 southbound exit slip at junction J7 , there are currently delays of 15 mins due to an incident . Nor... http://t.co/LwI3prBa31— @Traffic_All_MWs 10 February 2014
Have sat on J7 slip road for 25 minutes. Is there any other way into Worcester? #worcesterfloods http://t.co/ITYQtjWZQW— @freyaleng 10 February 2014
River Severn from Worcester Cathedral this morning, overnight highs not quite as bad as expected http://t.co/yi8bZXwdn5— @RobinWalkerMP 10 February 2014
Severn bridge at Worcester currently closed to traffic but open to pedestrians http://t.co/PrJBJJvDrL— @RobinWalkerMP 10 February 2014
Flooding behind Diglis Avenue, over a foot deep behind the houses but the resident I spoke to had stayed dry http://t.co/T40ZpwHnd8— @RobinWalkerMP 10 February 2014
Tables outside the Diglis House hotel, the main terrace and the hotel itself are dry and working http://t.co/92iQGdXsDh— @RobinWalkerMP 10 February 2014
#worcester city centre now. 2ft water at bottom of Dolday http://t.co/3ynWRNQ0NE— @DaveThroupEA 10 February 2014
A4104 from A38 to Upton bridge closed due to flooding. http://t.co/a9lB7wZgNQ— @uptonuponsevern 10 February 2014
Hanley Road 7.30am http://t.co/TAUJCmET5y— @uptonuponsevern 10 February 2014
Jam packed train from Gt Malvern today as it's the only way to get through Worcester! #floods— @smithjj62 10 February 2014
Queue on slip road of J7 this morning #worcesterfloods— @freyaleng 10 February 2014
Can't even get off the motorway into Worcester 🚗🚙🚗🚗🚕— @DANIELLELHINES 10 February 2014
We responsding to a number of road collisions this morning, wet roads and sub zero temperatures needing extra care #takecare— @HWFireGCWills 10 February 2014
Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service reporting they have been called to number of road collisions this morning due to wet roads and sub zero temperatures.
Yesterday at 5.40pm they rescued a dog that was stranded on debris in flood water at College Green.
At 6.15pm last night a crew from Pershore was called to Severn Stoke where they led two adults to safety from flood water using an evacuation sled.
Rush hour #Worcester bridge. All surrounding routes very congested http://t.co/8xdz9OaYEo— @DaveThroupEA 10 February 2014
One of the reasons #Worcester city centre is closed this morning http://t.co/amRKrtqlYQ— @DaveThroupEA 10 February 2014
River levels are thought to have peaked overnight but will remain high throughout the week.
Today's forecast is largely dry with the Met Office predicting a bit of rain around midday.
But the rain returns on Tuesday when yellow warnings have been issued for the area.
The rest of the week provides no further let up either as forecasts predict rain on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
#Worcester #Bewdley and #Upton bridges all closed due to #flooding. Road closure info here - http://t.co/zhpDAhPXJJ— @worcscc 10 February 2014
Traffic around bypass to powick bridge already looking like this... 😳 40 mins in already #worcester #floood #travel http://t.co/i8AsgbOG8B— @lydjtaylor 10 February 2014
Rising #flood water in #Worcester captured earlier today. Visit @EnvAgencyMids http://t.co/CD7Nh3Emou @npas_halfpennyg— @sportsT 10 February 2014
River bridges open to pedestrians. Don't forget your Wellies though.... #Worcester #Floods http://t.co/2jzFcBSFjE— @MalvernCops 10 February 2014
Sabrina Bridge is open to pedestrians. Don't forget your Wellies though.... #Worcester #Floods http://t.co/Vi5PFJ7oQG— @MalvernCops 10 February 2014
@WorcesterCity_ traffic from Malvern to the Powick Roundabout.. http://t.co/Y4jAiob18Y— @BradPrice92 10 February 2014
The University of Worcester's St John's and City campuses are fully open today.
The University of Worcester Arena and Riverside building will not be open as the emergency services cannot guarantee access at present, due to the closure of Hylton Road.
Teaching at these sites will be located to the University’s Sports Centre on the St. John’s campus.
Students and staff who require further information about the current conditions on campus can find regular updates on the University's website at worcester.ac.uk
Worcester: Not just the bridge closed, expect congestion, leave early or travel outside of the rush hour— @IntopSME 10 February 2014
Some wintry showers possible in West Mids later. It's also icy too so take extra care. Here's the map for later on... http://t.co/43as82eiAT— @CharlieSlater15 10 February 2014
To help maintain traffic flow around the city temporary traffic lights have been suspended. This includes those on Bath Road.
Even though a diversion was required. Modus is open for business on Forgate street #nomorerain http://t.co/cPI89iXsUq— @Modusman 10 February 2014
For those who didn't catch this yesterday, it's a statement following the Worcestershire Silver Tactical Group meeting.
Worcestershire Silver Tactical Coordinating group met this evening (February 9) with regard to the flooding across the county.
A number of agencies are involved, but notably The Environment Agency, Worcestershire County and District Councils, Public Health England, Worcestershire Health and Care Trust, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue, West Midlands Ambulance Service and West Mercia Police.
Worcestershire has contingency flood plans in place and it is the task of this group to make decisions and activate the appropriate aspects of these plans.
Advice and the most up to date position available can be found on each of the agencies websites.
Members of the public are encouraged to look at and follow this advice.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Superintendent Ivan Powell, Silver Group Chair, said: "The decision to put in place the diversionary traffic flow in Worcester City was not taken lightly.
"Of paramount importance is public safety and we base our decision on that and the best information available on current and predicted flood levels.
"It is likely that the current position based on current forecasting will be in place until at least the middle of this week.
"There will be considerable disruption to traffic flow for the foreseeable future so the public are encouraged to think carefully about necessity of journeys and to allow more time for those that must be made.
"Parents and carers should check on the County Council and schools websites to check for any disruption to schooling.
"Please be assured the position is under constant review and we are committed to ensure that we return to a position of normality as soon as possible."
Great morning to cycle to work in Worcester. New Road eerily quiet...#floods http://t.co/qQ7Qo86TCA— @TJClarke_ 10 February 2014
For those of you wondering, Sabrina Bridge in #Worcester is walkable this morning. #worcesterfloods #sabrinabridge— @dafaconda 10 February 2014
Traffic from St John's to Powick/ New Bridge roundabout http://t.co/LZ3vXU70bp— @WorcesterCity_ 10 February 2014
Lindridge St Lawrence's CE Primary School in Tenbury Wells also closed as there is no heating and flooding in the immediate area around the school.
#worcesterfloods http://t.co/yiG1209zdO— @philmackie 10 February 2014
RT @GBRChris_A: @BritishRowing Worcester Head cancelled "@MalvernCops: The Faithful City #Worcester #Flood @WorcesterCops http://t.co/yx1CM…— @IronbridgeRow 10 February 2014
Morning, a tough day ahead for many, not least of all those who have sadly suffered flooding in their properties across the county.— @MalvernCops 10 February 2014
#Roads #Flood: Worcester bridge closed including New Road, Castle Street, Deansway, Dolday, North Parade, Croft Road and Tybridge Street.— @MalvernCops 10 February 2014
Looks like it is going to be an interesting commute with @FGW from Moreton-in-Marsh to Paddington this morning— @BroadwayManor 10 February 2014
The Paddington - Cheltenham (Worcester via Kemble) services currently only operate between Swindon & Cheltenham / Worcester.— @FGW 10 February 2014
Traffic is already backing up around Worcester this morning as many of the city centre roads remain closed.
Bus routes have also been diverted as Crowngate Bus Station has become inaccessible due to nearby road closures and flooding.
Buses will therefore be diverted in the city and operate from either St Nicholas Street Bus Stop (opposite McDonalds): Services 31A (arrivals), 31C (departures), 144, 294/295, 303, 758, W1
Cathedral Roundabout Bus Shelter: 26/27, 30/31 Special Flood Service, Services 31A (departures), 31C (arrivals), 32, 33/34, 35, 39, 44/44A/44C, 308, 310, 350, 356/357/358, 362, 363, 364, 382, 417, 420, 550/551
School transport has also be impacted:
TO HANLEY CASTLE HIGH SCHOOL : All school transport services to Hanley Castle High School will attempt to operate, however some routes will need to operate in reverse order and then divert via the Southern Link Road in Worcester as Upton Bridge is closed. Students at Severn Stoke will be collected by Astons Coaches instead of the 362 bus. All students should be collected by 08:30am at the latest (otherwise parents should make their own way if not collected by that time). The school will be operating a shorter day, from 09:50 hrs start to 15:00 hrs finish, to allow time for the buses to divert around the various flooded roads.
TO UPTON PRIMARY SCHOOL : The school has decided to close due to flooding around Upton, therefore none of their school transport services will operate today. (NEW UPDATE)
TO THE CHANTRY HIGH SCHOOL : Service 310 will not serve St. John's, Henwick Park or the B4204 Martley Road between Worcester boundary and Broadheath, therefore all students should use Rogers' Coaches Service 811 until the 310 diversion is lifted.
TO LINDRIDGE PRIMARY SCHOOL : The school is closed due to no heating and flooding on the A443 around the school, therefore no school transport services will run there until further notice.
LOCAL BUS SERVICES :
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.
15 (Kidderminster – Stourport – Bewdley) : This service is operating as normal from Kidderminster as far as the Severn Valley Station in Bewdley, then turning around and diverting via Bewdley Bypass to access the Town Centre.
21 (Worcester – Hanbury Park) : This service is suspended until further notice and will not operate.
22 (Worcester – Broadway Grove) : This service is suspended until further notice and will not operate.
30 (Worcester – Dines Green) : This service will join with Service 31 and operate a SPECIAL FLOOD ROUTE. From Worcester the route will operate via Bath Rd – Southern Link Rd – Malvern Rd – Bromyard Rd – Dines Green (omitting the centre of Tudor Way) – Oldbury Rd – Comer Gardens – Henwick Park – University – Laugherne Rd – St. John's – Malvern Rd, then return via the Southern Link Road and Bath Rd to Worcester City Centre.
31 (Hospital – Worcester – St. John's – Henwick Park) : This service will join with Service 30 and operate a SPECIAL FLOOD ROUTE. From Worcester the route will operate via Bath Rd – Southern Link Rd – Malvern Rd – Bromyard Rd – Dines Green (omitting the centre of Tudor Way) – Oldbury Rd – Comer Gardens – Henwick Park – University – Laugherne Rd – St. John's – Malvern Rd, then return via the Southern Link Road and Bath Rd to Worcester City Centre.
31B (Hospital - Worcester – Hylton Road (for Arena) – University) : This service is suspended between Worcester and Hytlon Rd/Arena/University, however journeys to Worcestershire Royal Hospital will still operate as normal.
39 (Merriman's Hill – Worcester – Lower Wick) : This service will only operate between Worcester and Merriman's Hill. St. John's, Malvern Road, Bromwich Road and Lower Wick will NOT be served. (NEW UPDATE)
41 / 42 / 43 (Upton – Malvern) : Due to flooding on Hanley Road in Upton, these services continue to operate to their Standard Flood Timetable.
44 / 44A / 44C (Worcester – Powick – Malvern) : This service is diverting from Worcester via the A38 Bath Road – Southern Link Road – Powick roundabout, then undertaking a short spur to Lower Wick island, before returning to Powick roundabout and resuming normal route towards Malvern. The same diversion route is operating in reverse. St. John's and Malvern Road are therefore being omitted, and the service will be significantly delayed.
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.
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.
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.
294 / 295 (Worcester – Hallow – Shrawley – Stourport) : The service will divert from Holt Heath via Holt Fleet Bridge – Ombersley – A449 – Ombersley Road – Worcester City Centre, omitting Hallow and St. John's. The same diversion will operate in the opposite direction, and the service will omit Hallow and St. John's.
308 (Worcester – Rushwick – Broadheath – Hallow – Wichenford – Martley) : This service is diverting from Worcester via Bath Rd – Southern Link Road – Rushwick roundabout, then resuming normal route towards Rushwick and Martley.
309 (Upper Sapey – Clifton – Martley – Broadheath – Worcester Sixth Form College) : This service will divert from Broadheath via Bell Lane – Crown East Lane – Southern Link Road – A38 Bath Road – Worcester – London Road – Worcester Sixth Form College. The service will omit the section of route between Broadheath and Worcester and will be significantly delayed arriving in Worcester for the Colleges.
310 (Worcester – Broadheath – Martley – Clifton) : This service is diverting from Worcester via Bath Rd – Southern Link Road – Crown East roundabout – A44 – Crown East Lane – Bell Lane, then resuming normal route in Broadheath towards Martley and Clifton. The same diversion route will operate in the opposite direction, and the service will omit St. John's and the road between Worcester and Broadheath.
351 (Upton – Tewkesbury) : This service is now operating to its Standard Flood Timetable.
362 / 364 (Worcester – Kempsey – Upton) : Due to the closure of Upton Bridge due to flooding, this service will only operate between Worcester and Ryall and terminate there. The timetable is suspended, and one bus will operate along the route throughout the day as often as possible. The school journey to Hanley Castle High School will operate as normal from Worcester to Norton Barracks, then divert via the Southern Link Road – Callow End – Hanley Swan – Welland – Upton – the school.
363 (Worcester – Callow End – Upton) : Due to flooding on Hanley Road in Upton, these services continue to operate to their Standard Flood Timetable. Additionally, due to the closure of Worcester City Bridge, this service is being diverted from Worcester via Bath Rd – Southern Link Road – Powick roundabout, then resuming normal route towards Callow End. The service will operate its standard flood diversion to Upton Fire Station, omitting Hanley Castle.
382 (Worcester – Norton – Littleworth – Defford – Eckington – Pershore) : Due to flooding at Eckington Bridge, this service is operating to its Standard Flood Timetable.
417 (Worcester – Rushwick – Cradley) : This service is currently diverted from Worcester via Bath Rd – Southern Link Road – Rushwick roundabout, then resume normal route. This diversion will also opposite in the opposite direction and the service will omit St. John's and Bransford Road.
420 (Worcester – Bromyard) : This service is currently diverted from Worcester via Bath Rd – Southern Link Road – Crown East, then resuming normal route towards Bromyard. The service will omit St. John's and Bromyard Road.
423 (Worcester – Alfrick / Suckley) : This service is diverted from Worcester via Bath Rd – Southern Link Road – Rushwick roundabout, then resuming normal route towards Alfrick & Suckley.
550 / 551 / 557 (Worcester – Pershore - Evesham) : Due to flooding at Jubilee Bridge in Fladbury, these services are now operating to their Special Flood Timetable. Additionally, due to the closure of Waterside in Evesham due to flooding, Service 550 journeys to Evesham will divert via Cheltenham Rd – Davies Rd – Broadway Rd – Bengeworth, then terminate here.
581 / 582 (Evesham Town Services) : Due to the closure of Waterside in Evesham due to flooding, these services are diverting from Port Street via Bengeworth – Broadway Rd – Davies Rd – Cheltenham Rd then undertaking a loop of Hampton and Fairfield Estates before returning via the same route. Cooper's Lane will not be served, and the services will operate with significant delays.
758 (Worcester – Hallow – Great Witley – Tenbury) : Due to flooding on the A443 at Lindridge, and the closure of Worcester City Centre Bridge and Hylton Road, this service is diverting as follows : From Tenbury Wells – Newnham via normal route, then via A456 to Clows Top – B4202 to Abberley, then normal route to Holt Heath, then via A4133 Holt Fleet Bridge – Ombersley – A449 – Ombersley Road – Worcester. The same diversion will operate in the opposite direction.
Upton CE Primary School is closed today due to the severe floods across the county.
Hanley Castle High School will not be starting until 9.50am this morning.
The school will also finish early, at 3pm.
Okay, here are the latest road closures due to flooding:
A44 - Worcester Bridge Worcester
Closed due to flooding from A449 Bromwich Road to A443 Hylton Road. New Road, Tybridge Street and the Worcester Bridge itself are all closed to traffic.
A44 North Parade Worcester
Roads city centre side of river, including North Parade, Dolday, Deansway, Croft Road and Castle Street are all closed to traffic.
A443 Hylton Road Worcester
Hylton Road both ways closed due to flooding between A44 Tybridge Street and B4206 Henwick Road. The flood gates are closed.
A449 Croft Road Worcester
Croft Road both ways closed due to flooding between Grand Stand Road and Severn Terrace. Said to be under 2ft of water.
A4104 Upton Upon Severn
A4104 closed due to flooding between A38 and B4211 Church Street. The main road in and out of Upton from the A38 is closed. Likely to stay closed for a number of days as water levels are high.
Good morning - or not, as the case may be.
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