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Rivers are rising! Floodwatch live throughout the day
9:42am Sunday 27th January 2013 in News
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- Melting snow combined with heavy snow in Wales is causing river levels to rise rapidly in South Worcestershire.
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That's it for today, heavy rain due tomorrow which is sure to impact the already swollen rivers.
We'll be back first thing with all the latest on the flooding in Worcestershire.
RT @AASORT: 165! Is the number of #flood related breakdowns we've been called to today, 64 were still stuck in water! Pls #ThinkDontSink & avoid floods!— @EnvAgencyMids 27 January 2013
RT @DaveThroupEA: River Severn at #upton showing an impressive rate of rise. Over 3 metres since yesterday morning http://t.co/DiJeMtSb— @LWentholt 27 January 2013
RT @EnvAgencyMids: NEW flood warning for River Severn at Callow End and Court Meadow, Kempsey #Worcestershire Details: http://t.co/5Mo6x2HC— @philrandal 27 January 2013
The Environment Agency has just issued a flood warning for the River Severn at Callow End and Court Meadow, in Kempsey.
It also says that the flood defences and pumping station at Kempsey are functioning properly.
Worcestershire is bracing itself for more flooding.
River levels across the county have risen rapidly throughout the day, leading to floodgates being closed in Upton and sand bags being handed out in Evesham, Droitwich and Pershore to help residents defend their homes.
Temporary flood barriers will be going up in Bewdley tomorrow morning.
In Worcester South Quay is already underwater while the river Teme at Powick is starting to spill over into the surrounding fields.
The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert on the River Severn in Worcestershire and area manager David Throup said that, on current predictions, the Severn should peak in Worcester on Tuesday afternoon, at about half a metre below its highest level at the Christmas floods.
The Teme and Avon are predicted to peak tonight but with melting snow already placing rivers under strain, any more rain could make a dramatic difference.
“Those predictions are solely based on the water that's already in the system, from the snowmelt and the overnight rainfall,” said Mr Throup. “If we get more rain, as the Met Office is forecasting for Tuesday and later in the week, that could change the picture.
"Even if it does not rain heavily in Worcestershire, rain on the Welsh mountains will come down the Severn and the Teme and cause us a few problems."
The Met Office is forecasting that tomorrow will start off chilly and bright, but will cloud over during the morning, with strong winds bringing outbreaks of heavy rain throughout the afternoon.
Tuesday is set to be wet and very windy, while Wednesday will continue windy, but brighter with a few showers.
RT @EnvAgencyMids: Demountable flood barriers will be going up on River Severn at Severnside North, #Bewdley #Worcestershire tomorrow morning #floodaware— @DavidHudsonEA 27 January 2013
RT @DaveThroupEA: Severn rising quickly at #upton now. We'll start closing flood gates on Waterside this evening. New Street gate shut http://t.co/5vpcOPab— @PaulSandars 27 January 2013
Water now covering South Quay..what a difference a few hours makes #floodWN— @Cat_Phillips 27 January 2013
RT @DaveThroupEA: Quite a few cars parked on Waterside #evesham Might be sensible to move them as road may flood soon! http://t.co/uZiMXuyb— @GarySmee1 27 January 2013
RT @raceyrocket: Nice weather for Swans in Worcester http://t.co/IUb1x9KN— @somerogers 27 January 2013
Sandbags gone from Evesham. New stocks delivered later this afternoon. Plenty at Pershore Civic Centre and Droitwich Lido car park.— @Wychavon 27 January 2013
RT @DaveThroupEA: Lots of water at #evesham but not causing any problems. Town fully open. http://t.co/95EYt3mH— @GarySmee1 27 January 2013
At #evesham River Avon will continue to rise overnight http://t.co/0y7I7TKk— @DaveThroupEA 27 January 2013
Flood WARNING - River Avon Birlingham #worcestershire Levels will rise through tonight. More rain forecast. http://t.co/7elX8osD— @DaveThroupEA 27 January 2013
Flood Alert - River Wye #gloucestershire peaking overnight but more rain forecast http://t.co/bItpuJhq— @DaveThroupEA 27 January 2013
Blimey all - day to keep my head down in the river in case it gets blown off - thankfully by the wind rather than a shotgun!— @keiththeseal 27 January 2013
This river gets to about 6 inches from top of the bridge when in flood, u can imagine how close we get to flooding! http://t.co/I9JU8vag— @Hookie62 27 January 2013
@DaveThroupEA A4110 Arrow #onlyjustpassable http://t.co/GWHlFGWo— @thewhiteroom23 27 January 2013
River Wye #hereford still rising. Should peak overnight http://t.co/xtBHlKbb— @DaveThroupEA 27 January 2013
River Severn waters just overspilling on to South Quay #FloodWN— @Cat_Phillips 27 January 2013
Flood risk raised for #gloucestershire #herefordshire #shropshire #worcestershire for next 3 days at least http://t.co/pT3v4RWa— @DaveThroupEA 27 January 2013
RT @Cat_Phillips: River Severn waters just overspilling on to South Quay #FloodWN— @MarkHalliwell1 27 January 2013
We're about to close New Street flood gate #upton River Severn will continue to rise through the week.— @DaveThroupEA 27 January 2013
Flood WARNING - River Severn Severn Ham #tewkesbury This warning is only for the area around Abbey Mill. http://t.co/EefW3UzH— @DaveThroupEA 27 January 2013
Great work by our guys yesterday. #worcester bridge now clear, levels rising fast. No need for big crane now! http://t.co/mRhJF4jB— @DaveThroupEA 27 January 2013
WORK to clear debris from under Worcester Bridge has been completed without the need to bring in a big crane.
Staff from the Environment Agency have been out on the Severn in boats to clear away the debris which accumulated during the flooding in December.
Originally it was thought a large crane would be needed to finish the job, but this morning, Dave Throup of the agency said that the task had been completed by his crews yesterday.
RT @EnvAgencyMids: At 11.30am 32 Flood Warnings (flooding expected) & 58 Flood Alerts (possible) for the Midlands - http://t.co/EonHzzrk— @fordhallfarm 27 January 2013
Well at least the snow's gone #FloodWN— @TarikAlrasheed 27 January 2013
RT @EnvAgencyMids: Lots of advice on our website about how to prepare for possible flooding - http://t.co/EKWn1Y93 #floodaware— @SDDC 27 January 2013
River risen overnight. Water on Old Bridge Abutment, but not under the bridge yet.— @uptonuponsevern 27 January 2013
RT @NTCroome: We are open! But court & some of garden closed as access is flooded. Kx— @uptonuponsevern 27 January 2013
Today will be a bright and breezy day with lengthy spells of sunshine and a brisk westerly wind, says the Met Office.
Just the odd heavy shower possible, most likely in the west. Maximum temperature 8 C.
Tonight will remain largely dry and clear, though still with the chance of an isolated shower in the west.
A patchy frost is likely by dawn. Minimum temperature 0 C.
Monday will start chilly and bright, but clouding over during the morning, with strong winds bringing outbreaks of rain, heavy at times, throughout the afternoon. Maximum temperature 9C.
FOLLOWING heavy rain and snowmelt overnight, the Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for the rivers Severn, Teme and Avon.
On the Severn, at 7 am today, the level at the Worcester gauge was 2.64 metres and rising. A peak of between 4.5 and 5 metres is expected to occur tomorrow afternoon.
The level at the Diglis Gauge was 2.23 metres and rising. A peak of between 4 and 4.5 metres is expected to occur tomorrow afternoon.
And at Saxons Load, near Upton, the level was 3.04 metres and rising. A peak of between 4.5 and 5 metres is expected to occur tomorrow afternoon.
On the Teme at 9.30am today, the level at Stanford Bridge was 4.01 metres and rising; the level at Tenbury was 3.2 metres and rising. A peak of between 3.5 and 3.8 metres is expected to occur this afternoon.
On the Avon at 7am today, the level at Evesham was 2.5 metres and rising. A peak of between 2.5 and 2.8 metres is expected to occur tomorrow afternoon.
Sandbags are available from Pershore Civic Centre, Evesham Contact Centre and, from noon, the Lido car park in Droitwich.
Worcestershire County Council reports that the B4088 Eckington Bridge and the C2022 Jubilee Bridge at Fladbury are both closed by flooding.
Flood warnings in place sandbags available from Pershore (Civic Centre), Evesham Contact Centre and from 12pm Droitwich, Lido Car Park— @Wychavon 27 January 2013
Flood WARNING - River Teme Stanford Bridge #worcestershire Rising very quickly, peak this pm but more rain coming. http://t.co/fJBPl50p— @DaveThroupEA 27 January 2013
Roads closed due to flooding
B4088 Eckington Bridge
C2022 Jubilee Bridge, Fladbury
Information from Worcestershire County Council
Here's how the Live Flood Warning map looks. It updates every 15mins. Keep an eye on your location http://t.co/Z4ggO5wR http://t.co/IzE2Mzf7— @EnvAgency 27 January 2013
Since midnight we have been called to 17 motorists stuck in water.Please do not enter floodwater.#Thinkdontsink http://t.co/L5iyv2qL— @AASORT 27 January 2013
Flood WARNING - River Wye #herefordshire Rising very quickly now. Peak in Hereford late today. http://t.co/8nJ798dD— @DaveThroupEA 27 January 2013