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7:11am

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.

7:07am

 '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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Stay safe. Back with more updates tomorrow.

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Last word tonight goes to Mr Throup:

8:16pm

Tomorrow's front page. Another six pages of floods coverage inside.

Worcester News:

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Worcester Bridge will be closing at 8pm tonight.

A statement from Worcestershire County Council said: "Worcestershire County Council has taken a decision to close Worcester Bridge at 8pm today (February 11).

"River levels reached a point that deemed it necessary, for the safety of local people, to take this decision.

"We have been working with partners to keep the bridge open a long as possible to minimise disruption, particularly during the critical rush hour peak period.

"This is still a dynamic situation and we will aim to re-open the bridge once it is safe to do so."

People are advised to check the status of roads on worcestershire.gov.uk, follow the @worcscc Twitter account, listen to local radio updates and local media websites.

6:49pm

Water in Worcester is NOT predicted to reach higher than the flood levels of 2007.

Dave Throup, from the Environment Agency, said it will peak about Thursday morning between 5.5m and 5.7m.

Water in Bewdley, however, is at its highest in 14 years and all defences available had been put in to place today.

The levels in Upton had dropped throughout the day but were expected to be pushed back up with the oncoming peak and heavy rainfall predicted.

Overall, he said: "We're pretty confident everything should be okay but we are keeping a close eye on it."

 

 

 

Bewdley is at its highest in 14 years and rising – all available defences have been put up and the river is expected to peack tomorrow.
He said he was ‘pretty confident’ everything should be okay but the level were being closely monitored.
The peak would move down to Worcester by Thursday morning and peak at around 5.5m – 5.7m (2007’s levels) but wasn’t expected to beat it.
Water pouring over Hylton Road and going into Cripplegate Park and New Road where work was being done to keep the bridge open as long as possible after the county council announced it planned to close it in the afternoon on EA advice.
He said the weather was suggesting that the river will stay very high but it won’t peak higher than predicted.

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Support building for Dave Throup fan club.

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Police moving cars in Henwick Road, St John's, to ease traffic congestion.

Closure of Worcester Bridge under review.

Keep checking here for updates.

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And they're suffering in Hampshire too! This, a lots of other stunning pictures of flooding from around the UK, are in our new gallery. Click here.

Worcester News:

2:31pm

Worcester Bridge will be closing later this afternoon following advice from the Environment Agency.

A statement released by Worcestershire County Council said: "EA intelligence has confirmed the river is rising more rapidly than expected and the Council's highways team are monitoring the situation and ready to act.

"We will endeavour to keep the bridge open as long as possible to minimise disruption and as long as it is safe to do so. 

"This is a dynamic situation and we advise local people to keep looking on our website www.worcestershire.gov.uk and listening to local radio for the latest updates."

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Worcester City Council has sprung into action to help the people in the city that are affected by the flooding.

  • Refuse collections are running as normal
  • Officers are clearing drains and performing flood maintenance
  • Vulnerable residents are being helped and officers are knocking doors in Diglis and the Waterworks areas to make sure people are okay and leaving information on available support where people are out

The council is also prepared to set up a Rest Centre for victims of flooding if it becomes necessary but it has said so far all the people who have been affected have made alternative arrangements.

 

1:16pm

Worcester News:

Carol Lavery of Warndon Villages, Worcester took this picture of an otter at the canal in Perdiswell. She said the animal seemed to be enjoying the floods and was swimming and fishing.

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A fantastic view of the water in Worcester taken from a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter yesterday.
 

 

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Sherridge Road in Leigh Sinton has been closed both ways.

The road was closed on the advice of Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service after firefighters rescued five children and three adults from a play group in the road.

The A4103 has also been closed between the Fox at Bransford and Alfrick.

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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 closed. 

12:22pm

Children have been rescued by firefighters after a play group in Leigh Sinton was cut off by flood water.

Play group organisers organised the emergency evacuation from the Leigh and Bransford Memorial Hall after realising Sherridge Road was impassable from both sides.

12:10pm

B4203 in Bromyard closed at the Broad Bridge junction, because of flooding.

12:01pm

Crowngate bus station IS open, although buses are delayed as they are all on flood routes and schedules.

12:00pm

The Environment Agency has said the river Severn is currently rising at a rate of 1cm per hour and now expects it to peak on Thursday.

With water still rising and spilling onto the already closed Hylton Road, the Worcester Arena had to be evacuated this morning and the sports building and the University of Worcester's Riverside building has been closed.

The university said: "Any classes due to take place in these facilities today have been relocated. Module leaders of classes scheduled to take place in these facilities will be in touch with students to advise them of room changes."

The Garage, one of the university's art galleries behind the Worcester News Towers,  is open, although there is standing water near the building.

The Hive is currently open.

11:36am

Bransford Road, the main road to Hereford, is still open.

The Fox Inn at Bransford has said they are trying to open today but flood water is slowly taking over their car park and the bottom of the road they are on.

11:30am

Flood defences in Upton upon Severn are standing up to the over-flowing River Severn, according to a high street pub.

An employee of the Anchor Inn said the water is "nowhere" near the building and the town centre has remained untouched.

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Hylton Road looks like a river. Worcester News:

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The view from the Worcester News office is unbelievable.Worcester News:

10:39am

I thought I would share a picture of the cathedral and the floods that I took at lunchtime yesterday. Shelley Gunnell

Worcester News:

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Waverley Street/Diglis Lane, Worcester, are filling up as the drains can't cope. By Adrian Bailes via www.facebook.com/theworcesternews

Worcester News:

10:20am

Worcester Bridge is still open to limited traffic but Worcestershire County Council is monitoring continuing rain fall.

Current road closures are:

Witchback - 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

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8:48am Tue 11 Feb 14

welshpricey says

Looking at what is coming over the next few days and it is only going to get worse for the poor people who have already been overwhelmed and also the whole traffic situation to and from the faithful city.

Being one of the lucky ones who neither lives near a flood area nor has to endure the utter traffic chaos my sympathies go to all those that do.

In regards to the EA's response to all of this, controversially, I think they've been doing a fantastic job in what are outrageous circumstances. I am sure if it wasn't for all of their hard work there would be many more homes / businesses that would have been washed out. You only have to look at the river front in Upton to see what their efforts are achieving. Well done guys and keep fighting the good fight.

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Carrington Bridge and the surrounding areas are very, very busy, so be prepared for a long trek into work.

Keep us informed with how you're getting on!

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The changes to Worcester Bridge, allowing traffic on one side, seemed to work reasonably well yesterday, all things considered.
 
Do you agree?

7:16am

But businesses in Worcester are battling on don't forget, so if you are in town, help them out.
 

7:15am

And here are the latest weather forecasts... Beware, they make for grim reading.

7:14am

And could more rain today see Worcester Bridge close again?

Click here for the full story

7:13am

On the schools front, it appears only my old stomping ground, Hanley Castle High School, is affected this morning, with a partial closure.

This from Worcestershire County Council:

"Late start (9.50am) and early finish (3pm) as a result of road closures and traffic problems. On Tuesday 11th Feb lessons will start at 9.50am. Students arriving earlier will be supervised. We intend to close at 3pm to enable students and staff to get home safely [finish time to be reviewed during the day]. School website and 'snow blog' will be updated regularly."

7:11am

Here are the latest road closures:

A44 Tybridge Street, Worcester
Road closed due to flooding

A44 Worcester Bridge, Worcester
Flooding and restrictions

A443 Hylton Road, Worcester
Road closed due to flooding

A449 Castle Street, Worcester
Road closed due to flooding

A449 Croft Road, Worcester
Road closed due to flooding

A44 North Parade, Worcester
Road closed due to flooding

A4104 Upton Bridge, Upton upon Severn
Road closed due to flooding

New Street, Upton upon Severn
Road closed due to flooding

B4211 Hanley Road, Upton upon Severn
Road closed due to flooding

You can stay on top of live traffic and travel - and check motorway cameras by clicking here

7:07am

Good morning! So, the rain is back, the wind is back, and the floods are still here.

How are you getting on this morning? Let us know and we'll keep you updated with what's happening.

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8:48am Tue 11 Feb 14

welshpricey says...

Looking at what is coming over the next few days and it is only going to get worse for the poor people who have already been overwhelmed and also the whole traffic situation to and from the faithful city.

Being one of the lucky ones who neither lives near a flood area nor has to endure the utter traffic chaos my sympathies go to all those that do.

In regards to the EA's response to all of this, controversially, I think they've been doing a fantastic job in what are outrageous circumstances. I am sure if it wasn't for all of their hard work there would be many more homes / businesses that would have been washed out. You only have to look at the river front in Upton to see what their efforts are achieving. Well done guys and keep fighting the good fight.
Looking at what is coming over the next few days and it is only going to get worse for the poor people who have already been overwhelmed and also the whole traffic situation to and from the faithful city. Being one of the lucky ones who neither lives near a flood area nor has to endure the utter traffic chaos my sympathies go to all those that do. In regards to the EA's response to all of this, controversially, I think they've been doing a fantastic job in what are outrageous circumstances. I am sure if it wasn't for all of their hard work there would be many more homes / businesses that would have been washed out. You only have to look at the river front in Upton to see what their efforts are achieving. Well done guys and keep fighting the good fight. welshpricey
  • Score: 21

9:34am Tue 11 Feb 14

Moltaire says...

I had a meeting at County Hall yesterday for a totally reason but I was astounded to hear the highways office was almost empty. I was told that many of the staff stayed at home or booked the day off, primarily to avoid having to deal with the flooding issues and complaints that were coming in. If this is true. I am well and truly shocked about their attitude towards situations like this, where people's lives are being affected, and the blatant dereliction of duty they're displaying. It'd be worthwhile for the WN to do some investigating in to this because when you have a severe event like this, as many staff as possible should be available to help out. That's what the EA and emergency services are doing, they're not shying away.

As for the EA, I think they have been doing a superb job during tough conditions and funding cuts, not to mention having to put up with misguided comments from that idiot Pickles.
I had a meeting at County Hall yesterday for a totally reason but I was astounded to hear the highways office was almost empty. I was told that many of the staff stayed at home or booked the day off, primarily to avoid having to deal with the flooding issues and complaints that were coming in. If this is true. I am well and truly shocked about their attitude towards situations like this, where people's lives are being affected, and the blatant dereliction of duty they're displaying. It'd be worthwhile for the WN to do some investigating in to this because when you have a severe event like this, as many staff as possible should be available to help out. That's what the EA and emergency services are doing, they're not shying away. As for the EA, I think they have been doing a superb job during tough conditions and funding cuts, not to mention having to put up with misguided comments from that idiot Pickles. Moltaire
  • Score: 4

10:15am Tue 11 Feb 14

welshpricey says...

If that is indeed true of the HA then that is absolutely disgusting and serious questions need to be posed. Working in the service industry there are days when it all goes wrong and you do, unfortunately, have to field the complaints. It's those days that you are being paid for, not the days when it is all going swimmingly and you get to twiddle your thumbs. Would be interesting to see if there is any truth behind the statement though. Over to you WN
If that is indeed true of the HA then that is absolutely disgusting and serious questions need to be posed. Working in the service industry there are days when it all goes wrong and you do, unfortunately, have to field the complaints. It's those days that you are being paid for, not the days when it is all going swimmingly and you get to twiddle your thumbs. Would be interesting to see if there is any truth behind the statement though. Over to you WN welshpricey
  • Score: 5

10:18am Tue 11 Feb 14

Redhillman says...

Moltaire wrote:
I had a meeting at County Hall yesterday for a totally reason but I was astounded to hear the highways office was almost empty. I was told that many of the staff stayed at home or booked the day off, primarily to avoid having to deal with the flooding issues and complaints that were coming in. If this is true. I am well and truly shocked about their attitude towards situations like this, where people's lives are being affected, and the blatant dereliction of duty they're displaying. It'd be worthwhile for the WN to do some investigating in to this because when you have a severe event like this, as many staff as possible should be available to help out. That's what the EA and emergency services are doing, they're not shying away.

As for the EA, I think they have been doing a superb job during tough conditions and funding cuts, not to mention having to put up with misguided comments from that idiot Pickles.
This wouldn't surprise me one jot of I'm honest. Their communication has been poor, while attempts to get hold of highways staff for anything over the years has been a struggle. They all seem very keen to shy away, particularly when times are tough.
[quote][p][bold]Moltaire[/bold] wrote: I had a meeting at County Hall yesterday for a totally reason but I was astounded to hear the highways office was almost empty. I was told that many of the staff stayed at home or booked the day off, primarily to avoid having to deal with the flooding issues and complaints that were coming in. If this is true. I am well and truly shocked about their attitude towards situations like this, where people's lives are being affected, and the blatant dereliction of duty they're displaying. It'd be worthwhile for the WN to do some investigating in to this because when you have a severe event like this, as many staff as possible should be available to help out. That's what the EA and emergency services are doing, they're not shying away. As for the EA, I think they have been doing a superb job during tough conditions and funding cuts, not to mention having to put up with misguided comments from that idiot Pickles.[/p][/quote]This wouldn't surprise me one jot of I'm honest. Their communication has been poor, while attempts to get hold of highways staff for anything over the years has been a struggle. They all seem very keen to shy away, particularly when times are tough. Redhillman
  • Score: 1

10:20am Tue 11 Feb 14

BanjoLegs says...

Delayed my journey from Henwick, St Johns to malvern this morning by an hour until 9:30am hoping to miss the traffic. Bit of a waste of time that. Got 20 yards from home to find traffic backed up along Henwick Road all the way to the YMCA. Had to turn around and go around Dines Green and onto the Hereford Road into Malvern. Surface water terrible on the A4103, especially watch out for the dip in the road by the Bank House in Bransford which has flooded the East bound side of the road (by the depth gauge obviously!). More deep surface water coming into Leigh Sinton and again coming out of the village on the Malvern road.
I hope the flooding at Bransford doesn't close the road later as it's my escape route back home!
Delayed my journey from Henwick, St Johns to malvern this morning by an hour until 9:30am hoping to miss the traffic. Bit of a waste of time that. Got 20 yards from home to find traffic backed up along Henwick Road all the way to the YMCA. Had to turn around and go around Dines Green and onto the Hereford Road into Malvern. Surface water terrible on the A4103, especially watch out for the dip in the road by the Bank House in Bransford which has flooded the East bound side of the road (by the depth gauge obviously!). More deep surface water coming into Leigh Sinton and again coming out of the village on the Malvern road. I hope the flooding at Bransford doesn't close the road later as it's my escape route back home! BanjoLegs
  • Score: -1

10:33am Tue 11 Feb 14

skychip says...

Doesn't surprise me the comment regarding County Hall staff. Would be interested to find out the true facts. Doesn't help either that they struggle to find parking spaces so easier option to stay at home.
Doesn't surprise me the comment regarding County Hall staff. Would be interested to find out the true facts. Doesn't help either that they struggle to find parking spaces so easier option to stay at home. skychip
  • Score: 0

12:29pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Hwicce says...

A few questions that arise from the floods.

The flooding at Newport Street, The Butts, and Croft Road are all caused by the water coming back up the drains. Why do these not have non-return valves on them?

The pedestrian refuges at either end of the Worcester Bridge prevent traffic running into Worcester down New Road, along the left hand two lanes of the bridge and on up Bridge Street. Are these refuges going to be rebuilt so that in situations like this they can be removed and full two-way, two-lane traffic be possible over the bridge?

The section of Hylton Road from Tybridge Street to the bridge dips in the middle. Is this dip going to be filled and the extreme camber towards the river removed so it is less inclined to flood?

Is anyone considering Upton/Bewdley style flood barriers along North Parade, Croft Road, and Hylton Road to allow the roads to remain open in similar situations in the future? If not, why not?
A few questions that arise from the floods. The flooding at Newport Street, The Butts, and Croft Road are all caused by the water coming back up the drains. Why do these not have non-return valves on them? The pedestrian refuges at either end of the Worcester Bridge prevent traffic running into Worcester down New Road, along the left hand two lanes of the bridge and on up Bridge Street. Are these refuges going to be rebuilt so that in situations like this they can be removed and full two-way, two-lane traffic be possible over the bridge? The section of Hylton Road from Tybridge Street to the bridge dips in the middle. Is this dip going to be filled and the extreme camber towards the river removed so it is less inclined to flood? Is anyone considering Upton/Bewdley style flood barriers along North Parade, Croft Road, and Hylton Road to allow the roads to remain open in similar situations in the future? If not, why not? Hwicce
  • Score: 2

1:16pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Pomygranit says...

Hwicce wrote:
A few questions that arise from the floods.

The flooding at Newport Street, The Butts, and Croft Road are all caused by the water coming back up the drains. Why do these not have non-return valves on them?

The pedestrian refuges at either end of the Worcester Bridge prevent traffic running into Worcester down New Road, along the left hand two lanes of the bridge and on up Bridge Street. Are these refuges going to be rebuilt so that in situations like this they can be removed and full two-way, two-lane traffic be possible over the bridge?

The section of Hylton Road from Tybridge Street to the bridge dips in the middle. Is this dip going to be filled and the extreme camber towards the river removed so it is less inclined to flood?

Is anyone considering Upton/Bewdley style flood barriers along North Parade, Croft Road, and Hylton Road to allow the roads to remain open in similar situations in the future? If not, why not?
Is it Dave Throup's day off today?
The man is a star
[quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: A few questions that arise from the floods. The flooding at Newport Street, The Butts, and Croft Road are all caused by the water coming back up the drains. Why do these not have non-return valves on them? The pedestrian refuges at either end of the Worcester Bridge prevent traffic running into Worcester down New Road, along the left hand two lanes of the bridge and on up Bridge Street. Are these refuges going to be rebuilt so that in situations like this they can be removed and full two-way, two-lane traffic be possible over the bridge? The section of Hylton Road from Tybridge Street to the bridge dips in the middle. Is this dip going to be filled and the extreme camber towards the river removed so it is less inclined to flood? Is anyone considering Upton/Bewdley style flood barriers along North Parade, Croft Road, and Hylton Road to allow the roads to remain open in similar situations in the future? If not, why not?[/p][/quote]Is it Dave Throup's day off today? The man is a star Pomygranit
  • Score: -1

7:07pm Tue 11 Feb 14

sitting on the fence gives you piles says...

Pomygranit wrote:
Hwicce wrote:
A few questions that arise from the floods.

The flooding at Newport Street, The Butts, and Croft Road are all caused by the water coming back up the drains. Why do these not have non-return valves on them?

The pedestrian refuges at either end of the Worcester Bridge prevent traffic running into Worcester down New Road, along the left hand two lanes of the bridge and on up Bridge Street. Are these refuges going to be rebuilt so that in situations like this they can be removed and full two-way, two-lane traffic be possible over the bridge?

The section of Hylton Road from Tybridge Street to the bridge dips in the middle. Is this dip going to be filled and the extreme camber towards the river removed so it is less inclined to flood?

Is anyone considering Upton/Bewdley style flood barriers along North Parade, Croft Road, and Hylton Road to allow the roads to remain open in similar situations in the future? If not, why not?
Is it Dave Throup's day off today?
The man is a star
You don't find him a tad annoying then?
[quote][p][bold]Pomygranit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: A few questions that arise from the floods. The flooding at Newport Street, The Butts, and Croft Road are all caused by the water coming back up the drains. Why do these not have non-return valves on them? The pedestrian refuges at either end of the Worcester Bridge prevent traffic running into Worcester down New Road, along the left hand two lanes of the bridge and on up Bridge Street. Are these refuges going to be rebuilt so that in situations like this they can be removed and full two-way, two-lane traffic be possible over the bridge? The section of Hylton Road from Tybridge Street to the bridge dips in the middle. Is this dip going to be filled and the extreme camber towards the river removed so it is less inclined to flood? Is anyone considering Upton/Bewdley style flood barriers along North Parade, Croft Road, and Hylton Road to allow the roads to remain open in similar situations in the future? If not, why not?[/p][/quote]Is it Dave Throup's day off today? The man is a star[/p][/quote]You don't find him a tad annoying then? sitting on the fence gives you piles
  • Score: 6

7:47pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Old Uncle says...

After the water goes down and we stop wringing our hands and commiserating with those affected. What is the long term plan? These floods have been happening for hundreds of years, isn't it about time for a more permanent solution? Upton/Bewdley style barriers would be a start. Raising the level of some streets and roads might also help and alleviate some of the traffic jams. Maybe when the Highway people get back to work they could come up with something.
After the water goes down and we stop wringing our hands and commiserating with those affected. What is the long term plan? These floods have been happening for hundreds of years, isn't it about time for a more permanent solution? Upton/Bewdley style barriers would be a start. Raising the level of some streets and roads might also help and alleviate some of the traffic jams. Maybe when the Highway people get back to work they could come up with something. Old Uncle
  • Score: -2

8:28pm Tue 11 Feb 14

WilkoJ says...

Hwicce wrote:
A few questions that arise from the floods.

The flooding at Newport Street, The Butts, and Croft Road are all caused by the water coming back up the drains. Why do these not have non-return valves on them?

The pedestrian refuges at either end of the Worcester Bridge prevent traffic running into Worcester down New Road, along the left hand two lanes of the bridge and on up Bridge Street. Are these refuges going to be rebuilt so that in situations like this they can be removed and full two-way, two-lane traffic be possible over the bridge?

The section of Hylton Road from Tybridge Street to the bridge dips in the middle. Is this dip going to be filled and the extreme camber towards the river removed so it is less inclined to flood?

Is anyone considering Upton/Bewdley style flood barriers along North Parade, Croft Road, and Hylton Road to allow the roads to remain open in similar situations in the future? If not, why not?
Hwwice, these are totally valid and common sense points. The problem is, our highways department lack common sense or foresight so while what you have suggested is obvious and would alleviate the chaos that's ensued in Worcester, it's obviousness won't even register with our so called highway 'experts', even if you had to spell it out in large letters written in crayon, supplemented with easy to understand drawings. You'd almost hear a pin drop amongst the deafening silence at County Hall while they try to comprehend what you've said.
[quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: A few questions that arise from the floods. The flooding at Newport Street, The Butts, and Croft Road are all caused by the water coming back up the drains. Why do these not have non-return valves on them? The pedestrian refuges at either end of the Worcester Bridge prevent traffic running into Worcester down New Road, along the left hand two lanes of the bridge and on up Bridge Street. Are these refuges going to be rebuilt so that in situations like this they can be removed and full two-way, two-lane traffic be possible over the bridge? The section of Hylton Road from Tybridge Street to the bridge dips in the middle. Is this dip going to be filled and the extreme camber towards the river removed so it is less inclined to flood? Is anyone considering Upton/Bewdley style flood barriers along North Parade, Croft Road, and Hylton Road to allow the roads to remain open in similar situations in the future? If not, why not?[/p][/quote]Hwwice, these are totally valid and common sense points. The problem is, our highways department lack common sense or foresight so while what you have suggested is obvious and would alleviate the chaos that's ensued in Worcester, it's obviousness won't even register with our so called highway 'experts', even if you had to spell it out in large letters written in crayon, supplemented with easy to understand drawings. You'd almost hear a pin drop amongst the deafening silence at County Hall while they try to comprehend what you've said. WilkoJ
  • Score: -2

8:29pm Tue 11 Feb 14

WilkoJ says...

Redhillman wrote:
Moltaire wrote:
I had a meeting at County Hall yesterday for a totally reason but I was astounded to hear the highways office was almost empty. I was told that many of the staff stayed at home or booked the day off, primarily to avoid having to deal with the flooding issues and complaints that were coming in. If this is true. I am well and truly shocked about their attitude towards situations like this, where people's lives are being affected, and the blatant dereliction of duty they're displaying. It'd be worthwhile for the WN to do some investigating in to this because when you have a severe event like this, as many staff as possible should be available to help out. That's what the EA and emergency services are doing, they're not shying away.

As for the EA, I think they have been doing a superb job during tough conditions and funding cuts, not to mention having to put up with misguided comments from that idiot Pickles.
This wouldn't surprise me one jot of I'm honest. Their communication has been poor, while attempts to get hold of highways staff for anything over the years has been a struggle. They all seem very keen to shy away, particularly when times are tough.
Yup, doesn't surprise me either. Frankly shocking.
[quote][p][bold]Redhillman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Moltaire[/bold] wrote: I had a meeting at County Hall yesterday for a totally reason but I was astounded to hear the highways office was almost empty. I was told that many of the staff stayed at home or booked the day off, primarily to avoid having to deal with the flooding issues and complaints that were coming in. If this is true. I am well and truly shocked about their attitude towards situations like this, where people's lives are being affected, and the blatant dereliction of duty they're displaying. It'd be worthwhile for the WN to do some investigating in to this because when you have a severe event like this, as many staff as possible should be available to help out. That's what the EA and emergency services are doing, they're not shying away. As for the EA, I think they have been doing a superb job during tough conditions and funding cuts, not to mention having to put up with misguided comments from that idiot Pickles.[/p][/quote]This wouldn't surprise me one jot of I'm honest. Their communication has been poor, while attempts to get hold of highways staff for anything over the years has been a struggle. They all seem very keen to shy away, particularly when times are tough.[/p][/quote]Yup, doesn't surprise me either. Frankly shocking. WilkoJ
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