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Worcestershire flood pictures 2014

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    Some road closures have been lifted but high floodwaters are still making travel difficult, especially around Worcester.
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welshpricey 7:47am Wed 12 Feb 14

Where's the snow????

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

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Bushbaby 8:02am Wed 12 Feb 14

welshpricey wrote…


Where's the snow????

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

Totally sympathize with your three year, this thirty two year old is also very unhappy about not having any snow (more than happy going to work) I just love snow! These weather people do tease us :-)

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Hwicce 8:18am Wed 12 Feb 14

Some more more questions from the floods

Can we get Henwick Halt and Rushwick Halts reopened?

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

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

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

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orla nutting 8:56am Wed 12 Feb 14

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

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welshpricey 9:04am Wed 12 Feb 14

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

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Pomygranit 9:05am Wed 12 Feb 14

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

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

If money is now 'no object'', perhaps now is the time to hold the developments and sort out the infrastructure which can accommodate transport, drainage etc so that any new housing will not have a detrimental effect.

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_stu_ 9:05am Wed 12 Feb 14

orla nutting wrote…


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

Yes the flooding is only in the dip by the Bank House. You can get through Sherridge Lane tho (well you could at 8am this morning)

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TheFallGuy 9:06am Wed 12 Feb 14

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

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BanjoLegs 9:30am Wed 12 Feb 14

Anyone know what the traffic is like exiting St Johns in the direction of Malvern through the Powick roundabout?

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welshpricey 9:35am Wed 12 Feb 14

BanjoLegs wrote…


Anyone know what the traffic is like exiting St Johns in the direction of Malvern through the Powick roundabout?

I could give you a one word answer but don't think WN would be allowed to print it!!! Speaking to family members this morning and a large part of the problem being caused by idiots blocking up the roundabouts and having no idea what the pretty yellow markings on the road are for!!!

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_stu_ 9:36am Wed 12 Feb 14

BanjoLegs wrote…


Anyone know what the traffic is like exiting St Johns in the direction of Malvern through the Powick roundabout?

It was backed up to Weir Lane on Bromwich Road this morning at around 07:20.

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BanjoLegs 9:38am Wed 12 Feb 14

Thanks for the info.

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elfiebuffalo 9:56am Wed 12 Feb 14

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

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Wookieone 10:03am Wed 12 Feb 14

i live in Warndon & start my shift tomorrow,in Broard Heath!! Anybody know if New Bridge open!!! ??????

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Hwicce 10:03am Wed 12 Feb 14

elfiebuffalo wrote…


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

Unfortunately some twit let them get rid of Henwick Halt a few years back.

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Wookieone 10:09am Wed 12 Feb 14

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

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welshpricey 10:12am Wed 12 Feb 14

Wookieone wrote…


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

Pub day. Most of them have free Wi-Fi now so you could be "working from home"!!!!!

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welshpricey 10:14am Wed 12 Feb 14

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

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welshpricey 10:47am Wed 12 Feb 14

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

As they belong to the armed forces we've already paid for them anyway with our taxes so about time we put Mr Cameron to his word and ask for some help back. I know we're not obviously as important as the Thames catchment (!!!) but asking the question couldn't hurt.

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_stu_ 10:56am Wed 12 Feb 14

welshpricey wrote…


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

As they belong to the armed forces we've already paid for them anyway with our taxes so about time we put Mr Cameron to his word and ask for some help back. I know we're not obviously as important as the Thames catchment (!!!) but asking the question couldn't hurt.

I was thinking exactly the same thing!

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scottyp1978 11:13am Wed 12 Feb 14

Re comment at 10.52 - Class typo - made my day

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Kezer16 11:29am Wed 12 Feb 14

Should we be worried about the Powick Roundabout yet??

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handy cyclist 11:32am Wed 12 Feb 14

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

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welshpricey 11:36am Wed 12 Feb 14

handy cyclist wrote…


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

Yep, we had the good old 14t canvas backed trucks back in 2007 and they did a sterling job of keeping the city connected. The new generation of carriers (mastiffs, etc) are even better equipped (just watch last Sundays Top Gear for a demo).

Come on guys, you know it makes sense. Plus you get to drive them through some really big puddles!!!!! ;-)

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rackedoff 12:05pm Wed 12 Feb 14

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

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

Worcestershire really paying the price of poor planning over the years - northern relief road etc. Despite County Council putting increased investment for economic development before social care for vulnerable adults would you bring your business here? Come Hardman and co. get the county moving!!

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_stu_ 12:08pm Wed 12 Feb 14

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

@WN: There have been a few picutres like this on your blogs over the last few days, and where I can sort of understand it where people are stuck in stationary traffic, this lady is clearly moving whilst taking photos which is extremely irresponsible. I think you also need to take responsibility and not encourage such actions by publishing these photos on your website.

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welshpricey 12:12pm Wed 12 Feb 14

_stu_ wrote…


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

@WN: There have been a few picutres like this on your blogs over the last few days, and where I can sort of understand it where people are stuck in stationary traffic, this lady is clearly moving whilst taking photos which is extremely irresponsible. I think you also need to take responsibility and not encourage such actions by publishing these photos on your website.

I noticed that also and agree. Irresponsible actions like this, when not concentrating on the road and surroundings, especially in these conditions, makes the lives of our boys and girls in the emergency services even busier.

Hands on the wheel people and get where you're going

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chrism 12:33pm Wed 12 Feb 14

@BelleBeautyWR14 has now deleted her tweet!

To those suggesting dredging, it needs pointing out that whatever tub of lard Pickles might say, the experts do agree that it would make little difference in situations like this. Dredging is not a solution to flooding, and was largely carried out in days gone by to help with river traffic.

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Katy30 1:10pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Does anyone know what the queues are like for the shuttle now?

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Popley67 1:32pm Wed 12 Feb 14

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

Well done to all of you out there (especially the emergency services and the EA) working so hard and very long hours in very difficult circumstances to keep Worcester going THANK YOU !!!. THANK YOU !!!

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Thechopster 1:45pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Heard a rumour that the Carrington Bridge is closing soon. Anyone any news on this?

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welshpricey 1:47pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Thechopster wrote…


Heard a rumour that the Carrington Bridge is closing soon. Anyone any news on this?

Would really hope not as that will cause utter carnage

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welshpricey 1:58pm Wed 12 Feb 14

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

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Nozzbot 2:06pm Wed 12 Feb 14

welshpricey wrote…


Thechopster wrote…


Heard a rumour that the Carrington Bridge is closing soon. Anyone any news on this?
Would really hope not as that will cause utter carnage

Carnage? Really?

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Zoe@Malvern 2:09pm Wed 12 Feb 14

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

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welshpricey 2:12pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Nozzbot wrote…


welshpricey wrote…


Thechopster wrote…


Heard a rumour that the Carrington Bridge is closing soon. Anyone any news on this?
Would really hope not as that will cause utter carnage
Carnage? Really?

Good point. Perhaps it should have read "even worse carnage"!!!

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Zyban 2:29pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Zoe@Malvern wrote…


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

Really? And what about the parents that work providing an invaluable services to the County, Police, Nurses, Firemen, The Environment Agency etc etc etc . If they have to then take time off to be at home does this not then cause more of a problem? Zoe, you either don’t have children or don’t work!! Be realistic!

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moonpig 5:02pm Wed 12 Feb 14

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

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lucious46 5:41pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Zyban wrote…


Zoe@Malvern wrote…


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

I actually agree with Zoe.... I am a stay at home mother with 2 girls One of which is at primary school, the conditions out there are horrendous, it was a free for all at school as we weren't allowed to stand it certain places and they wouldn't let the kids out due to health and safety etc etc. as Zoe said less traffic on the roads in rush hour. Makes sence to me!!!

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TANNER1 6:51pm Wed 12 Feb 14

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

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sitting on the fence gives you piles 7:28pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Dave Throup Fan Club
What a load of sad people there are in this world. If this is Dave Throup's doing, I do hope it isn't interfering with his work.

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WycheWitch 7:40pm Wed 12 Feb 14

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

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

Businesses will suffer if the city shuts at 10pm.

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Zyban 9:12pm Wed 12 Feb 14

lucious46 wrote…


Zyban wrote…

Zoe@Malvern wrote…

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

The fact you are a stay at home tends to negate your point of view to be honest!

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lucious46 9:17pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Zyban wrote…


lucious46 wrote…


Zyban wrote…

Zoe@Malvern wrote…

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

Just because I have got a new born baby I'm not allowed to have my say. You need to get of your high horse. ...

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sitting on the fence gives you piles 10:13pm Wed 12 Feb 14

lucious46 wrote…


Zyban wrote…


lucious46 wrote…


Zyban wrote…

Zoe@Malvern wrote…

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

To answer your question Zoe, no it wouldn't make sense.

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presterjohn 11:25pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Zyban wrote…


lucious46 wrote…


Zyban wrote…

Zoe@Malvern wrote…

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

Zyban the fact that you can't think beyond your own four walls negates your point of view to be honest. Here is a shocking bit of news for you. Other people in the world exist too you know. We are not all just extras in the Zyban show.

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Pomygranit 6:10am Thu 13 Feb 14

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

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welshpricey 8:16am Thu 13 Feb 14

Morning all,

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

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

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TANNER1 8:48am Thu 13 Feb 14

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

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welshpricey 8:58am Thu 13 Feb 14

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

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poodlejones16 9:07am Thu 13 Feb 14

Anybody know what the roads in from Malvern are like?

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jovialcommonsense 9:24am Thu 13 Feb 14

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

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Pomygranit 10:41am Thu 13 Feb 14

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

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

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Fishy 11:06am Thu 13 Feb 14

Does anyone know whether buses diverted along Bath Rd are picking up/dropping passengers there?

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welshpricey 12:07pm Thu 13 Feb 14

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

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newike 2:49pm Thu 13 Feb 14

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

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welshpricey 3:41pm Thu 13 Feb 14

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

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

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citykid 5:04pm Thu 13 Feb 14

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

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Moltaire 5:31pm Thu 13 Feb 14

citykid wrote…


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

Agreed, the information from the EA has been excellent, in addition to the great job they're doing generally. Compare this to the council's highways department's communication which has been poor, made worse by their buffoon Mr Fraser who adds no value to his interviews or gives any essential information.

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Redhillman 6:53pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Moltaire wrote…


citykid wrote…


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

Agreed Moltaire. Just seen the EA's Dave Throup on Midlands Today and he's been doing a sterling job on giving information and advice, including information on the road network which the highways department should be doing. Where the hell are the highways department? Why are we hearing next to nothing from them?

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Andy-Apache 12:35pm Fri 14 Feb 14

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

Oddly enough, I'm in work, and I can't think of any fellow employees missing either. We all got in (many from as far afield as Gloucester or Birmingham), so why not teachers? Perhaps they're missing the snow days this year? What's next? Too sunny to go to school due to risk of sunburn?

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kidderlord 8:51am Mon 24 Feb 14

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

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