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  • IF the weather forecasters are to be believed we're in for yet more torrential rain today. Here we'll keep you up-to-date with what's happening in Worcestershire.
  • You can get involved on Twitter using the hashtag #rainWN or in the comment box below.

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Full round-up of today's weather in Worcestershire here.

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The AA has had its busiest day for flood-related call-outs in yesterday and commuters again suffered major disruption today.

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Diglis Lane, Worcester: Temporary traffic lights and roadworks

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A44 Bromyard Road, St John's, Worcester: Temporary traffic lights and water main work, expect delays

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M50 Gloucestershire: One lane closed and speed restriction of 40mph due to contraflow and long-term roadworks

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New Street, Upton Upon Severn: Road closed due to flooding

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Besford Bridge, Besford: Road closed due to flooding.

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Woodbury Lane, Norton: Road closed due to flooding.

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B4035 Waterside Evesham Town Centre: Road closed due to flooding.

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B4084 High Street, Pershore: Road closed due to flooding.

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B4080 Eckington: Road closed due to flooding.

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B4206 Malvern Road, Worcester: Road blocked and slow traffic due to fallen tree.

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A38 Tewkesbury: Just passable and delays expected due to fallen tree. Approach with care.

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Rain is getting louder. Sounds like boats, not cars, passing outside WN Towers!

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There are currently 76 flood warnings for rivers and more than 150 less serious flood alerts in place across England and Wales.

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A38 Droitwich Spa: Slow traffic and partially blocked due to fallen tree.

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5:16pm Thu 22 Nov 12

lu6009 says

Wish people would stop saying the Evesham bridges are closed, making people panic.

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Met office weather video here

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From Worcestershire County Council:

There are a number of temporary road closures across Worcestershire in place due to flooding - Nov 22

South Worcestershire

  •     Pershore Bridge (B4084) - Closed
  •     Eckington Bridge - Closed
  •     Jubilee Bridge, Fladbury - Closed
  •     Woodbury Lane, Norton
  •     C2032 which turns into the Plough Road to Tiverton
  •     B4078 between Eckington and Bredon
  •     Brook Lane, Cropthorne
  •     Willersey Road, Badsey
  •     New Street, Upton-upon-Severn (Flood Gates in place)
  •     Waterside, Evesham
  •     Besford Bridge, Besford
  •     Hinton Village (Only road open is Haselor Lane)

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The latest traffic and travel news can also be found here.
http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/li/traffic_and_travel.in.Worcester

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How long will this grim weather last? Get the latest forecast here.

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A flooded road at Himbleton. Posted to our Facebook page here.

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Fields near Offenham. Posted to our Facebook page here.

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The entrance to a caravan park at Offenham. Posted to the Worcester News Facebook page here.

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Comment from Graham Scaife on the Malvern Gazette Facebook page here:

OMG! What is wrong with people these days? We have a bit of wind and rain and the schools close early! We had severe weather back in the seventies when I was at school and I don't recall EVER being sent home early because it was wet and windy. We are raising a generation of wimps. Imagine them at work in years to come, they'll be up and heading home as soon as a few drops appear on the window!

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A decision to allow a ship to set sail across the English Channel in high winds with hundreds of live sheep on board was condemned as "barbaric" by the RSPCA.

 

The vessel, MV Joline, set off from the Port of Ramsgate in Kent laden with two lorry loads of sheep, but it had to abort its crossing and turn back to the UK due to the weather.

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More wet weather is forecast across the country on Saturday and Sunday, with the possibility of further significant disruption as a result of flooding.

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STRANDED: The road underwater at Eckington bridge, near Pershore.

Worcester News: Floods, Eckington

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CLOSED: Impassable road at Waterside, Evesham.

Worcester News: Floods, Waterside, Evesham

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National update: The Met Office has said some areas could see up to 60mm (5ins) of rain falling on already saturated ground, which could lead to further river and surface water flooding.

Much of the UK is also facing winds of up to 50-60mph, and even gusts of up to 70mph in exposed western areas, which could worsen surface water flooding as drains are blocked by wind-blown leaves and debris.

There are currently 76 flood warnings for rivers and more than 150 less serious flood alerts in place across England and Wales, with the majority of areas at risk in south west England and the Midlands.

The Environment Agency urged people in affected areas, including Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Torbay, Plymouth, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, to keep up to date with the latest warnings.

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The Safer Roads Partnership and West Mercia Police are advising motorists that if driving through larger puddles or smaller areas of standing water drive slowly and steadily, allow oncoming traffic to pass and always test your brakes after leaving the water.

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.

There have already been reports locally of motorists ignoring road closures that are in place - this not only has the potential to put yourself in danger and other people; it could also damage your vehicle; as little as an egg cup of water entering your engine is enough to wreck it.

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Flooding in Evesham. A driver gets caught out (pic courtesy of the Environment Agency).

 

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5:16pm Thu 22 Nov 12

lu6009 says...

Wish people would stop saying the Evesham bridges are closed, making people panic.
Wish people would stop saying the Evesham bridges are closed, making people panic. lu6009
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