LIVE: Flooding in Worcestershire: news, pictures, and live updates

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  • Water levels have dropped overnight and Worcester's Sabrina footbridge has been re-opened, but the Met Office is forecasting heavy rain throughout today, meaning the river could rise again.
  • Worcester Bridge is re-opening to traffic at 6pm.
  • Several roads and schools are shut with large parts of the centre of Worcester closed to traffic.
  • The Worcester News team will be providing live coverage throughout the day.
  • Send pictures to photo@worcesternews.co.uk or text 80360 WN News.

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That's all for tonight.

Back tomorrow.

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Right, with Worcester Bridge about to re-open I think it's about time I handed you over to James Connell and the rest of the crack team at Worcester News HQ. Keep following the live blog throughout the weekend for live updates on flooding throughout Worcestershire.

- Ian

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Storms and floods won't stop one of Worcester's favourite entertainers...
 

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The free shuttle bus will continue to run until 4am as planned.

5:19pm

Straight from the horse's mouth:
 

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Worcester bridge is re-opening at 6pm.

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It's been windy in Shropshire - let's hope we don't get anything like this here...

4:53pm

Come back Paul Damari, all is forgiven...

4:49pm Fri 14 Feb 14

imustbeoldiwearacap says

We didn't get this sort of weather when Paul Damari was forecasting? Getting a new bridge over the Severn is as likely as a plague of locusts!

4:52pm

It's worth mentioning again that shops, cafes, pubs, restaraunts and other businesses are weathering the conditions.

We're running a live blog on the issue here.

4:45pm

Alicia Kelly updates us on the roads.
 

4:44pm

Goes without saying, but take care if you're getting behind the wheel this evening.
 

4:43pm

And here he is again, revealing the secret of his powers.
 

4:41pm

Another update from Worcester's favourite flood guru.
 

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Worcestershire is keeping calm and carrying on.

4:37pm Fri 14 Feb 14

barryj27660 says

It makes me proud to know that althrough the current flooding both here and in somerset and the river thames we are still showing that famous dunkirk spirit..we might be wet and under water in places but the british spirit of hands to action is still strong

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4:30pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Roger5 says

I agree Worcester desperately needs another bridge, as this week's problems clearly illustrate. Only Cllr Geraghty seems to believe in the futile 'dualling' plan for the Southern link, for which there is little evidence of real cost/benefit.

A northern link is just the kind of capital development of infrastructure Worcestershire needs to get proper economic development going, not fiddling around the edges with pathetic little schemes.

Every little town in France has proper by-passes, built with EU funding for economic development. Can't our local authorities in Worcestershire and Herefordshire make a combined bid?

4:40pm

Does this really need saying again?
 

4:32pm

Generous employees of a Lower Broadheath bakers have been out and a out delivering delicious donuts to people helping with flood relief efforts.

Lower Broadheath-based Vandermoortele - formerly known as Vamix - has been donating boxes of donuts across Worcester.

Liz Coulpan said she and her colleagues had got the idea while reading the live flood blog on your Worcester News website and saw how much hard work everyone working to help those affected by the flooding had been putting in.

"We've been following the live flood blog on the Worcester News website which has been brilliant so we thought 'we've got all these donuts - there must be someone who wants them'," she said.

“We've been trying to get hold of people like The Hive and the TA to see if we could deliver any donuts to them.

“We haven't got an endless supply but we do have quite a few to hand around.

“We gave a couple of boxes to the Highways staff yesterday and when we asked them if they wanted more today they said they still had loads left.

“It’s definitely a team effort but the problem is we’re on the wrong side of the river for a lot of people.”

The newsroom at your Worcester News was also given a box of donuts which were greatly enjoyed.

4:28pm

Time to start building an Ark.
 

4:27pm

WITH more heavy rain and winds forecast for the rest of today and into the weekend, West Midlands Ambulance Service is urging the public to take some simple precautions to stay safe.

The ambulance service is continuing to liaise closely with fellow emergency services and the Environment Agency in flood hit areas of the region.

Additional vehicles with 4x4 capabilities are also on standby to provide further resilience if needed.

WMAS assistant chief ambulance officer Steve Wheaton said: “We would ask all members of the public to follow the advice of the Environment Agency and other emergency services and stay away from flood control channels, rivers, streams and other waterways at this time.

“The forecasted strong wind and heavy rain will no doubt make driving conditions treacherous.

“Please take extra care if you are out on the region’s roads this weekend and keep up-to-date with road closures via your local radio stations and council websites.

“However tempting it is, we urge motorists to avoid driving through flooded roads.

“Not heeding the many safety warnings puts lives at risk including ambulance staff and other emergency service personnel called to provide a service in these most challenging of conditions.

“Please only call 999 for life threatening emergencies.

“For less urgent cases of illness, injury or pre-existing conditions, the public are advised to consider alternative medical assistance such as their GP, NHS 111, visit a walk-in centre or consult a pharmacist.”

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4:10pm

Another snap of the almighty mess gathering at Worcester Bridge.
 

4:06pm

Tewkesbury Borough Council's flood support line will remain open over the weekend.

The telephone line on 01684 295 010 will be running from 8.30am until 5.30pm. Out of hours call 01684 293 445.

3:59pm

We make sure to tackle the important issues here at WN HQ.
 

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3:51pm

Tomorrow's match between Worcester City FC and Barrow at Aggborough has been called off.

3:49pm

THE head of an organisation working to raise the profile of Worcestershire has called on Worcestershire County Council to build a third river crossing to avoid a repeat of the traffic gridlocks experienced during the flooding.

Chairman of Worcestershire Ambassadors Granville Orange said he was extremely concerned about how businesses would be affected by the traffic problems caused by the closure of Worcester Bridge.

Speaking on Thursday he said: “The queues yesterday morning and evening to cross the river via the new bridge and the associated gridlock accessing junction seven for the M5 were extraordinarily long.

“The cost to business must be tremendous. People are spending hours sat in traffic jams.

“You can sense and indeed witness their frustration and anger.”

He said he believed the problems would deter people from visiting the county.

“As Worcestershire Ambassadors we aim to promote Worcestershire as a place to work, live or visit,” he said. “How can we possibly hope to do this when the traffic is so chaotic? The Worcester southern ring road of course is not much better without the flooding.

He said he hoped the problems would prompt the council to build a new link road with junction 7A with the M5.

“Something surely has to be done. Let's hope that we might attain something beneficial from this mess and see the road system not just improved, rather that we witness a radical re-think and on a major scale as to how we cope with ever increasing pressure on our roads.

“A new river crossing gets my vote.”

But deputy leader of Worcestershire County Council and cabinet member for economy, skills and infrastructure Cllr Simon Geraghty said the council was doing everything it could to keep the city running during the floods.

“However, as a resident of the west-side of Worcester myself, I understand the impact the closure of the city's bridge is having at the moment on traffic,” he said.

"In relation to major transport improvements, we have a clear plan in place to deliver significant improvements to the Southern Link Road over the next few years.

“The plan will see the section of road between the Ketch and Whittington islands duelled, along with improvements to both the Ketch and Norton islands.

"We plan to start the next phase, Ketch to Norton, in the next month or so with work on the further phases from 2016 onwards.”

He said the cost of building a Northern Link Road were “unaffordable and unrealistic” at an estimated £120 million.

He said: "We will also be assessing the impact of the floods on our highway network to see what improvements are feasible to reduce the risk of flooding on our key routes."

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Lower Broadheath bakers Vandemoortele wins Worcester News hero of the week for dropping in a big box of donuts. The team are devouring them as we speak.

3:14pm

I spoke too soon - I've just looked out of the window in WN towers to see it's tipping it down.

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While the rain seems to have mostly stayed away from Worcester today, our friends over in Hereford haven't been quite as lucky.
 

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2:48pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Ted Elgar says

Is anyone covering that so far we appear to have dodged a bullet as far as rainfall goes today (14/02) ?
http://www.metoffice
.gov.uk/weather/uk/r
adar/

The heaviest rain appeared to run along the South and missed the Thames Valley. It looks like it is raining fairly heavily in Wales which will obviously keep the Severn topped up.. but it always rains in Wales.

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Click here to have a look at a video of flooding in Worcester by reader Adrian Bailes. 

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WITH more rain expected today, firefighters from Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service are on standby to tackle more flooding.

Boat crews are on hand in Worcester, Evesham, Droitwich and Hereford while water first responder teams – who can use inflatable sheds or a pathway for flood evacuation – are available in Malvern, Upton, Pershore, Bromyard and further afield.

Area commander Mark Preece said: “We have been working closely with our colleagues in other agencies over the last week including West Mercia Police, the Environment Agency and local councils.

“Everyone is working hard to try and ensure our communities are kept as safe as possible from the floods.

“We are grateful for the support from the military and we currently have a number of army officers based at our fire station in Upton.

“They will be deployed as and when needed by any of the agencies.

“I must also acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the Severn Area Rescue Association and West Midlands Search and Rescue – these are volunteer agencies which provide boat support to us as and when needed.”

The service has advised drivers not to try and drive through floodwater. The majority of emergency calls it has received in the past few days have been to vehicles stuck in floodwater.

1:51pm

Update from news editor Paul Jones' personal flood gauge (looking out of the window at the river): "It's up a bit".

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And here's a pic!
 

1:42pm

The military helicopter has landed on the RGS rugby field.

1:42pm

AS SCHOOLS break up for half term, police have issued a warning to people not to put themselves at risk during the extreme weather conditions.

West Mercia Police are working alongside Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and the Environment Agency to minimise disruption caused by the flooding and bad weather and are concerned young people may put themselves in danger by playing in or near floodwater.

Superintendant Mark Travis said it was often impossible to see what lies below flood water.

“With young people now breaking up for the half term holidays I would ask that they do not do anything reckless in an attempt to impress their friends, or get too close to flood water through being interested in what is happening,” he said.

“No matter how harmless or shallow flood water looks, you can never be sure what lies beneath the surface of the water and therefore by the time you realise you are in danger it could be too late.

“We’d also like to remind people of the need to behave responsibly in places such as Worcester, Hereford and Shrewsbury where there is a more active night-time economy. The last thing we want is people getting themselves into difficulty because they have lost control due to alcohol intake.

“Please remember that the emergency services are working extremely hard to help those people who have become vulnerable due to the extreme weather conditions and that resources are stretched right across the country.

“The last thing we need to be dealing with is people who have entered the water through their own recklessness or stupidity.

“Having to respond to incidents of this nature would take support away from the people who really are most in need of our help.”

1:35pm

Former Worcester News reporter Liz Sweetman weighs in on the weather.
 

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It's another school closure:
 

 

1:09pm

A BUSINESSMAN has complained about an 'unnecessary' road block affecting his trade which he has branded 'madness'.

Martyn Griffin of Print and Design at 2 Netherton Court, Infirmary Walk, Worcester, said: "On Sunday (February 9) the police set up a road block at the entrance to Castle Street fron Forgate Street and The Tything.

"This has made access to the petrol station  the restaurant and the carpet shop on Castle Street impossable.
This also stopped traffic from entering Farrier Street which is blocked at its other end by floodwater at the bottom of The Butts.

"Personally I work as a Printer in Netherton Court (The Railway Arches) and have had to collect paper from trucks parked in Forgate Street, and have had customers have to arrive by foot to collect their finished work. I have spoken to the police on two occasions and yet  the barrier is still in place.

"It is unnecessary to block the road at this point. if the road was blocked off just after the junction with Loves Grove this would allow access to  Farrier Street and the businesses on Castle Street.
Worcester is struggling with lack of trade because of the conditions at present but to block roads unnecessarily is madness."

1:06pm

It was nice while it lasted.
 

12:56pm

Both Cripplegate Park and Gheluvelt Park remain closed until further notice.

12:55pm

Once again Upton has faced the brunt of the flooding.

12:44pm Fri 14 Feb 14

citykid says

Good to see the army in Upton but great praise to all in Upton who have coped well, with only one road open but still getting stuff to the shops for all residents. Once again well done to you all.

12:55pm

Tonight’s Worcester Wolves game against Glasgow Rocks will go ahead at the Worcester University’s sports centre at its St John’s Campus as flooding has restricted access to its usual home at the University Arena.

About 70 tickets are still available from the sports centre reception.

The game tips off at 7.30pm.

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The man behind the Dave Throup fan club is due to meet his hero on Worcester bridge tonight for an interview for ITV.

Andy Atkinson, a 29-year-old Herefordshire county councillor, said he was sick of the stick the Environment Agency was getting despite the hard work of people like Dave Throup and his team.

The fan club was formed on Twitter on Tuesday and already has 1,376 followes with numbers rising every bit as fast as the river Severn.

Father-of-two Cllr Atkinson, the youngest councillor in Herefordshire, said: "I think Dave said he was embarrassed but proud and pleased to get the recognition. He is also keen to stress that he is part of a team. I have been persuading my wife that it is not a man crush." He said he was just fed up of people whinging about the EA and criticising various councils and agencies involved in trying to help. He said: "We must recognise the guys on the ground who do such a phenomenal job."

12:40pm

The river level in Barbourne has dropped from 5.67m yesterday to 5.3m earlier this morning.

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Stop the presses!
 

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Keep your eyes peeled and you might see a military helicopter...
 

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Is the end in sight?
 

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AS IF things weren’t bad enough, tonight could see winds of up to 70mph.

Ian Michaelwaite of Pershore-based netweather.tv told your Worcester News we would see some extremely high winds this tonight through to tomorrow morning.

“It’s going to be a very damaging night especially as the ground is so saturated so trees are going to fall down easier,” he said.

“There could also be some disruption to power networks too.

“By Saturday evening it will calm down and just be quite blustery. On Sunday it will still be windy and there will be some risk of freezing.

“It will be reasonably breezy but not too bad.”

He said the rain should clear up tomorrow – with showers quickly cleared by the high winds – and Sunday could even see some patches of sunshine.

“The jet stream is finally doing us a favour,” he said.

As a result we could begin to see an end to the flooding at the start of next week.

But he said next week is likely to get off to a chilly start.

“There is some risk of some ice overnight into Monday,” he said.

“It’s not a great start to the week.

“From then on it’s going to be normal February weather – rain and wind but not as bad as we have seen.

“There may be some chinks of sunshine as well.”

11:58am

More school closures...
 

11:58am

An update on bus service disruptions.

  • St. Nicholas Street Bus Stop (opposite McDonalds): 31C, 32 (to Ombersley Rd), 39, 144, 294/295, 303, 355, 758, W1.
  • Crowngate Bus Station: 26/27, 30/31 Special Flood Service, 31A, 32 (to St. Peter's), 33/34, 35, 44/44A/44C, 308, 310, 350, 356/357/358, 362, 363, 364, 382, 417, 420, 423, 550/551, National Express.
  • All services exiting Crowngate Bus Station are expected to only be able to turn left due to flooding at the bottom of The Butts. They are therefore subject to a diversion via Deansway, and some then via City Walls Road and Foregate Street / Lowesmoor to resume their normal routes. If The Butts is accessible, this diversion may not apply.
  • 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. Due to traffic congestion in the town centre, some peak time journeys are not serving Load Street, turning at Hales Park instead. Service 2 is currently not serving Bewdley Town Centre, turning at Hales Park.
  • 15 (Kidderminster – Stourport – Bewdley) : This service is operating as normal from Kidderminster as far as the Severn Valley Station in Bewdley, then terminating there. (NEW UPDATE)
  • 26/27 (Worcester – Battenhall / Diglis) : Due to flooding in Diglis, these services will not serve Diglis Lane until further notice. They are instead diverting directly along Bath Road from Battenhall.
  • 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.
  • 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) : These services are diverted from Worcester towards Malvern 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.Currently not serving Bewdley Town Centre, turning at Hales Park.
  • 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.Currently not serving Bewdley Town Centre, turning at Hales Park.
  • 294 / 295 (Worcester – Hallow – Shrawley – Stourport) : Due to flooding at Shrawley this service is currently being diverted from Stourport via Great Witley to Holt Heath. The service is then diverted from Holt Heath via Holt Fleet Bridge – Ombersley – A449 – Ombersley Road – Worcester City Centre, omitting Hallow and St. John's, and vice versa. The service will omit Hallow and St. John's. Due to flooding in Stourport this service will not be serving Wilden Lane.
  • 308 (Worcester – Rushwick – Broadheath – Hallow – Wichenford – Martley) : This service is diverted from Worcester via Bath Rd – Southern Link Road – Rushwick roundabout, then resuming normal route towards Rushwick and Martley, and vice versa.
  • 309 (Upper Sapey – Clifton – Martley – Broadheath – Worcester Sixth Form College) : This service is diverted from Broadheath via Bell Lane – Crown East Lane – Southern Link Road – A38 Bath Road – Worcester – London Road – Worcester Sixth Form College, and vice vers. The service will omit the section of route between Broadheath and Worcester and will be delayed arriving in Worcester for the Colleges.
  • 310 (Worcester – Broadheath – Martley – Clifton) : This service is diverted 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, and vice versa. 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. A Special Flood Timetable is operating. (see www.worcestershire.gov.uk/bustimetables). These services are currently omitting Earls Croome due to flooding.
  • 363 (Worcester – Callow End – Upton) : Due to the closure of Worcester City Centre Bridge and Hanley Road in Upton, 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 route to Upton Fire Station, omitting Hanley Castle. The Standard Flood Timetable is in operation.
  • 382 (Worcester – Norton – Littleworth – Defford – Eckington – Pershore) : This service is operating to its Standard Flood Timetable.
  • 417 (Worcester – Rushwick – Cradley) : Due to the closure of Worcester City Centre Bridge, this service is diverted from Worcester via Bath Rd – Southern Link Road – Rushwick roundabout then resuming normal route. This diversion will also opposite in the opposite direction and the service will omit St. John's, Bransford Road.
  • 420 (Worcester – Bromyard) : This service is diverted from Worcester via Bath Rd – Southern Link Road – Crown East roundabout, then resuming normal route towards Bromyard. The service will omit St. John's and Bromyard Road.
  • 423 (Worcester – Alfrick / Suckley) : Due to the closure of Worcester City Centre Bridge, only the 07:35 hrs journey to Worcester and the 16:50 return journey will operate until further notice. The service is also diverted from Alfrick via the A44 to the Southern Link Road – Bath Road – Worcester City Centre, and vice versa. Bransford, Leigh, Bransford Rd and St. John's will not be served.
  • 425 (Worcester – Knightwick – Alfrick – Malvern) : This service will not operate between Worcester and Knightwick, but will then serve all villages on route out of normal order, except for Smith End Green.
  • 540 (Evesham – Tewkesbury – Cheltenham) : Due to the closure of the B4080 Bredon Road and the A438 Ashchurch Road (by Morrisons in Tewkesbury), this service is diverting from Bredon's Hardwick via Northway, then via the M5 to Cheltenham, omitting Tewkesbury.
  • 758 (Worcester – Hallow – Great Witley – Tenbury) : This service is operating normal route from Tenbury – Holt Heath, then due to the closure of Worcester City Centre Bridge and Hylton Road, this service is then diverting via A4133 Holt Fleet Bridge – Ombersley – A449 – Ombersley Road – Worcester. The same diversion will operate in the opposite direction.

11:56am

An update from our neighbours in Gloucestershire. It's not looking good...

11:54am Fri 14 Feb 14

welshpricey says

We've had persistent heavy rain in Tewkesbury now for over an hour and no sign of it letting up. As time goes on more and more local roads around here are being shut down. As this little lot is tracking north doesn't make for good reading for wuss I'm afraid.

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11:55am

An update on road closures across the county.

Worcester:

  • New Road closed to pedestrians
  • Diglis Bridge closed to pedestrians.
  • A44 North Parade, Worcester.
  • A443 Hylton Road, Worcester.
  • Waverley Street, Worcester.

Malvern Hills:

  • Upton Bridge
  • C2099 New Street, Upton-on-Severn
  • B4211 Hanley Road, Upton-on-Severn
  • Chapel Lane (U6224) Bransford
  • Sherridge Lane between Leigh Sinton and Suckley now closed
  • B4196 from Holt Heath to Astley
  • A443 Lindridge

Wychavon:

  • Shell Ford (Bradley Green to Himbleton)
  • Walcot Ford (Pershore to Drakes Broughton)
  • Icknield Street (C2170) at the junction with Primrose Hill
  • Little Owl Lane, off A449 at Ombersley
  • Eckington Bridge
  • Trench Lane between Shafland Cross and Grafton Flyford
  • Ford Land near Droitwich between A38 & Crutch Lane
  • Woodbury Lane, Norton

Wyre Forest:

  • Switchback - Bewdley - Stourport
  • Bewdley Bridge
  • B4195 Stourport Road, Bewdley (from junction with Beale's Corner, Stourport Road to junction with Westbourne Street)
  • Lincomb Lane, Stourport

11:42am

Take care on the motorways today.
 

11:38am

Reporter Freya Leng may need rescuing. Someone call Dave Throup.
 

11:30am

A cracking aerial photo of Worcester courtercy of the Environment Agency.
 

11:27am

After a quick peek out of the window at Worcester News HQ I can see the rain's starting to come down fairly heavily now. We may not be out of the woods yet...

11:26am

And reporter Catherine Phillips keeps us abreast of the traffic situation:

11:25am

Reporter Alicia Kelly weighs in on her day off.
 

11:23am

BUSINESSES in Worcester and the surrounding area are being advised to keep up-to-date on flooding in the area.

Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet member for economy, skills and infrastructure Cllr Simon Geraghty said: "We recognise this is a challenging time for businesses and, quite rightly, agencies are currently focussed on what needs to be done whilst we are in this period of flood.

“The county council is preparing for recovery and will be there to support you over the coming months."

Useful information for business owners concerned about the impact of flooding on their companies is available here.

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Worcester City Council has issued an update saying it will re-open Worcester Bridge as soon as it is safe to do so.

The free shuttle bus will continue to run from 7am until 4am today and tomorrow, and 7am to 7pm on Sunday.

Although Sabrina footbridge has re-opened, Diglis bridge remains closed.

Pitchcroft, Cattle Market, Croft Road, Newport Street and Tybridge Street car parks are all closed.

The Worcestershire Hub has opened an additional customer contact centre at St John’s Library to deal with council related enquiries. This centre will be available until Monday between 9am until 5pm.

Bins that have not been emptied on their usual collection days should be left out. Collection teams are working to clear the backlog.

Residents worried their homes are at risk of flooding can call the council on 01905 722 233.

11:14am

Another view on the school closures.

10:45am Fri 14 Feb 14

doughboy45 says

Ive been AMAZED that schools have been closed on 'predicted weather' it's pathetic. Im not making light of the situation that some face but decisions based on fear? What should be clear to all is that
1] plans should be made to help schools remain open- maybe by the council ensuring key routes do not flood by doing some drainage maintenance.
2] The local road network serving the J7 is a joke-what ever the weather
3] basing the connectivity of a city on a single bridge is flawed

But mostly -Make decisions based on fact not fear.

11:14am

Worcester's most take advantage of the floods to flaunt the law.
 

11:08am

An unusual snap by Adrian Bailes of a slow-worm re-locating after being awoken by the floods.

Worcester News:

11:07am

A view of the Malverns from Broadwas by Steve Turner.

Worcester News:

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...and another.

Worcester News:

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Another panoramic photo by Adrian Shipley.

Worcester News:

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Photo of waterlogged Cripplegate Park by Steve Turner.

Worcester News:

11:04am

Panoramic view of the build-up of waste at Worcester bridge. Photo by Adrian Shipley.

Worcester News:

10:56am

Police in life jackets...
 

10:48am

But will fines be charged for overdue books? We must know!
 

10:42am

Our man Neil Watts checks in from Malvern:
 

10:41am

10:30am

10:21am

10:20am

DRIVERS are being warned to take care on the roads with heavy rain and strong winds forecast today and tomorrow.

The Met Office is predicting 70mph gales in the south west and south east and the Highways Agency has advised motorists to check weather conditions before they leave.

Traffic management director Simon Sheldon-Wilson said: “We are constantly monitoring the potential impact of severe weather on our network and are working closely with the Met Office to ensure we have the most up-to-date information to be able to inform drivers.

“We have got extra traffic officers working across the network to deal with any incidents.”

High-sided vehicles, caravans and motorcycles are at particular risk of being blown over by high winds and owners of these types of vehicles are advised to avoid the following roads:

  • M27 J8-J9 (Hedge End to Locks Heath)
  • A27 (Shoreham Flyover - near to Hove / Brighton)
  • A2 (Jubilee Way close to Dover)
  • M2 J2-J3 (Medway Viaduct)
  • A249 (Kings Ferry /Sheppy Crossing)
  • A282 (QE2 Bridge / Dartford Bridge)
  • A30 / A38 (Bodmin)
  • M4 J22-J23 (Severn Crossing)
  • M48 J1-J2 (Severn Crossing)
  • M5 J13-J15 (Stroud to M4)
  • M5 J18-J19 (Avonmouth Bridge)
  • M5 J20-J23 (Clevedon to Bridgwater)
  • A35 (Long Bredy duals)

10:13am

Police helping out with flood relief efforts have been issued life jackets.

A spokesman from West Mercia Police said any officers working around water had been issued with the equipment as a safety measure.

Seen a bobby with a life jacket on? Snap a picture and send it to us on photo@worcesternews.co.uk or text 80360 WN News!

10:03am

People are being allowed to walk or cycle along New Road, but the shuttle bus is continuing. 

10:02am

10:01am

Worcester's finest meet at County Hall
 

9:58am

Rumours that David Cameron will be visiting Worcester today have been denied, but the Conservative Party has not ruled out a visit in the near future.

9:54am

It seems roads across the county are beginning to re-open.
 

9:47am

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink. (Because the pubs aren't open yet).
 

9:45am

The Sabrina Footbridge in Worcester has been re-opened after floodwaters receded.

9:40am

We've had a letter of "absolute disgust and wonderment" from a very displeased Evesham mother, who's annoyed St Richard's CE First School is closed today as a result of the weather, while next door Simon De Montford School remains open.

Have you suffered as a result of school closures? Let us know below.

9:37am

It seems the shuttle bus has been a rousing success.
 

9:35am

We're also running a blog supporting Worcester's businesses, who are still open for business despite the floods.

Have a look here:

http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/11011167.Flooded_in_places__but_Worcester_is_still__Open4Business/?ref=var_0

9:31am

News editor Tarik Al Rasheed calls the storm we're predicted to be faced with today "underwhelming so far". Let's hope he's not tempting fate...

9:26am

SEVERN Trent Water has reassured its investors over the financial impact of the flooding and bad weather.

The company, which supplies 4.2 million households and businesses across the Midlands and parts of Wales – including in Worcester and the surrounding area – said there was currently no material financial impact from the floods.

During a similar crisis in 2007 the company suffered a hit of more than £25 million after it was forced to evacuate its Mythe Water treatment works near Tewkesbury. It has since installed new flood defences at the site.

The UK's second largest water company is currently working to minimise the impact of flooding in Worcestershire, where it has set up pumps to deal with rising water levels.

South West Water owner Pennon also said today that it continued to "deliver effective operational performance and high standards of customer service", despite the flooding and exceptional weather in the area.

In a scheduled trading update, Severn Trent said its trading performance in the year to March 31 had been in line with expectations and its prior guidance.

Consumption has been slightly higher than a year earlier, while bad debt levels have been maintained at around 2.2 per cent of turnover.

Operating costs are expected to rise year-on-year due to the impact of inflation and power costs, although this has been offset by efficiency improvements.

Severn Trent previously said it expects a 6 per cent rise in its dividend payment to shareholders when it posts annual results at the end of May.

The group increased prices by 2 per cent from April, but claims it charges the lowest average combined water and sewerage bill across England and Wales.

Average bills this year are expected to increase by £3 - a change of 1.1 per cent.

9:21am

9:18am

Hearing several reports that floodwater levels have dropped quite a bit this morning, but today's forecast rain could mean this won't last long...
 

9:17am

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9:16am

Reporter Freya Leng brings us a soggy update.
 

8:58am

Just to clarify the update regarding school closures, Martley Primary School is open as normal and is not closing early.

8:50am

Since it's Valentine's Day...
 

8:50am

More praise for the hard work being done by the emergency services, Environment Agency and others in Worcester.
 

8:44am

He's on his way everyone!
 

8:43am

8:43am

Upton's flood defences still holding up well.
 

8:40am

News editor Paul Jones reckons the river has gone down by about a foot, using one of the buildings opposite the Worcester News headquarters on Hylton Road as his personal flood gauge.

8:27am

Global warming? What global warming?

8:22am Fri 14 Feb 14

welshpricey says

Latest odds for a hosepipe ban by the end of June, as it's the wrong kind of rain, 10-1 !!!!!!!!!

Hats off to the council and the drivers who are keeping the river crossings going until 4am. Rather you than me. Have you seen the state of half of the people wobbling around at that time of the morning!!

8:27am

8:18am

Worcestershire's finest are on the case:
 

8:10am

I'm sure Mrs Throup will understand...
 

8:09am

Homeless people at Worcester's Night Assessment Centre in Henwick Road have been temporarily moved to St Paul's Hostel in Tallow Hill to save them and staff from having to cross the river.

8:00am

According to the Met Office the rain should start falling at about 9am and keep going until some time tomorrow. Pack a brolly.

7:56am

Praise for the shuttle bus.

7:55am

Needless to say bus services throughout the county have been disrupted as well. Here’s the latest:

Crowngate Bus Station remains open, but these buses are serving alternative stops:

  • St. Nicholas Street Bus Stop, opposite McDonalds: 31C, 32 (to Ombersley Rd), 144, 294/295, 303, 758, W1.
  • Crowngate Bus Station : 26/27, 30/31 Special Flood Service, 31A, 32 (to St. Peter's), 33/34, 35, 39, 44/44A/44C, 308, 310, 350, 356/357/358, 362, 363, 364, 382, 417, 420, 423, 550/551, National Express.

All services exiting Crowngate Bus Station are only able to turn left due to flooding at the bottom of The Butts and are therefore subject to a diversion via Deansway and some then via City Walls Road, Foregate Street and Lowesmoor to resume their normal routes.

The W1 Park and Ride service from Perdiswell will operate for free between 7am and 7pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Passengers travelling an all services to and from Worcester should expect significant delays due to congestions around the city and on the Southern Link Road.

All services in Bewdley are currently experiencing major disruption.

Other bus services experiencing disruption:

  • 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. Due to traffic congestion in the town centre, some peak time journeys are not serving Load Street, turning at Hales Park instead. Service 2 is currently not serving Bewdley Town Centre, turning at Hales Park.
  • 15 (Kidderminster – Stourport – Bewdley): This service is currently suspended until further notice due to flooding in Bewdley and Stourport. The S15 will still operate from Bewdley High and Stourport High Schools on an amended route.
  • 21 (Worcester – Hanbury Park): Due to the closure of Worcester City Centre Bridge, this service is currently suspended until further notice.
  • 22 (Worcester – Broadway Grove): Due to the closure of Worcester City Centre Bridge, this service is currently suspended until further notice.
  • 26/27 (Worcester – Battenhall / Diglis) : Due to flooding in Diglis, these services will not serve Diglis Lane until further notice. They are instead diverting directly along Bath Road from Battenhall.
  • 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.
  • 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): These services are diverted from Worcester towards Malvern 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. Currently not serving Bewdley town centre, turning at Hales Park.
  • 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. Currently not serving Bewdley Town Centre, turning at Hales Park.
  • 294 / 295 (Worcester – Hallow – Shrawley – Stourport): Due to flooding at Shrawley this service is currently being diverted from Stourport via Great Witley to Holt Heath. The service is then diverted from Holt Heath via Holt Fleet Bridge – Ombersley – A449 – Ombersley Road – Worcester City Centre, omitting Hallow and St. John's, and vice versa. The service will omit Hallow and St. John's. Due to flooding in Stourport this service will not be serving Wilden Lane.
  • 308 (Worcester – Rushwick – Broadheath – Hallow – Wichenford – Martley): This service is diverted from Worcester via Bath Rd – Southern Link Road – Rushwick roundabout, then resuming normal route towards Rushwick and Martley, and vice versa.
  • 309 (Upper Sapey – Clifton – Martley – Broadheath – Worcester Sixth Form College): This service is diverted from Broadheath via Bell Lane – Crown East Lane – Southern Link Road – A38 Bath Road – Worcester – London Road – Worcester Sixth Form College, and vice vers. The service will omit the section of route between Broadheath and Worcester and will be delayed arriving in Worcester for the Colleges.
  • 310 (Worcester – Broadheath – Martley – Clifton): This service is diverted 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, and vice versa. 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. A special flood timetable is operating. (see www.worcestershire.gov.uk/bustimetables). These services are currently omitting Earls Croome due to flooding.
  • 363 (Worcester – Callow End – Upton): Due to the closure of Worcester City Centre Bridge and Hanley Road in Upton, 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 route to Upton Fire Station, omitting Hanley Castle. The standard flood timetable is in operation.
  • 382 (Worcester – Norton – Littleworth – Defford – Eckington – Pershore) : This service is operating to its standard flood timetable.
  • 417 (Worcester – Rushwick – Cradley): Due to the closure of Worcester City Centre Bridge, this service is diverted from Worcester via Bath Rd – Southern Link Road – Rushwick roundabout then resuming normal route. This diversion will also opposite in the opposite direction and the service will omit St. John's, Bransford Road.
  • 420 (Worcester – Bromyard): This service is diverted from Worcester via Bath Rd – Southern Link Road – Crown East roundabout, then resuming normal route towards Bromyard. The service will omit St. John's and Bromyard Road.
  • 423 (Worcester – Alfrick / Suckley): Due to the closure of Worcester City Centre Bridge, only the 07:35 hrs journey to Worcester and the 16:50 return journey will operate until further notice. The service is also diverted from Alfrick via the A44 to the Southern Link Road – Bath Road – Worcester City Centre, and vice versa. Bransford, Leigh, Bransford Rd and St. John's will not be served.
  • 540 (Evesham – Tewkesbury – Cheltenham): Due to the closure of the B4080 Bredon Road and the A438 Ashchurch Road (by Morrisons in Tewkesbury), this service is diverting from Bredon's Hardwick via Northway, then via the M5 to Cheltenham, omitting Tewkesbury.
  • 758 (Worcester – Hallow – Great Witley – Tenbury): This service is operating normal route from Tenbury – Holt Heath, then due to the closure of Worcester City Centre Bridge and Hylton Road, this service is then diverting via A4133 Holt Fleet Bridge – Ombersley – A449 – Ombersley Road – Worcester. The same diversion will operate in the opposite direction.

Other services are operating as normal.

7:45am

7:43am

Taking the dog for a walk? Fear not...
 

7:32am

7:31am

How are you coping with the floods? Have you had to take time of work to take care of your children following school closures? Are you having to work from home? Let us know in the comments, via twitter or through the contact us page. 

7:24am

Another school closure:

7:13am Fri 14 Feb 14

mummyticklemonster says

Suckley Primary School is shut.

7:24am

This is where I realise I forgot to bring my brolly today. Don't make the same mistake I did...
 

7:21am

Fear not everyone, local hero Dave Throup has just tweeted he's woken up! No doubt he'll be out and about throughout the county again today doing his best to keep us all dry.

7:20am

Don't forget to pick up your copy of today's Worcester News, crammed full of flood pictures and updates. This week's Malvern Gazette and Ledbury Reporter are also out today. Pick up yours because they're sure to be selling like hot cakes.

Note: The Worcester News and associated newspapers are not actually hot cakes. Please do not try and eat them.

7:16am

Here's the latest on road closures across the county -

Worcester:

  • A44 North Parade.
  • A443 Hylton Road.
  • Waverley Street.
  • Sabrina Bridge closed to pedestrians.
  • New Road closed to pedestrians.
  • Diglis Bridge closed to pedestrians.

Malvern Hills:

  • Upton Bridge.
  • C2099 New Street, Upton-on-Severn.
  • B4211 Hanley Road, Upton-on-Severn.
  • Chapel Lane (U6224) Bransford.
  • Sherridge Lane between Leigh Sinton and Suckley.
  • B4196 from Holt Heath to Astley.
  • A443 Lindridge.

Wychavon:

  • Temporary footbridge, Abbey Road, Evesham.
  • Shell Ford (Bradley Green to Himbleton).
  • Walcot Ford (Pershore to Drakes Broughton).
  • Icknield Street (C2170) at the junction with Primrose Hill.
  • Little Owl Lane off the A449 at Ombersley.
  • Eckington Bridge.
  • Trench Lane between Shafland Cross and Grafton Flyford.
  • Ford Land near Droitwich between A38 & Crutch Lane.
  • Woodbury Lane, Norton.

Bromsgrove:

  • B4188 Drayton Road, Belbroughton.

Wyre Forest:

  • Switchback - Bewdley - Stourport.
  • Bewdley Bridge.
  • B4195 Stourport Road, Bewdley (from junction with Beale's Corner, Stourport Road to junction with Westbourne Street)
  • Lincomb Lane, Stourport.
  • Gilgal, Stourport, is open (both lanes) and it is Baldwin Road (U1132) at the junction with Worcester Road near the Gilgal which is closed.

7:09am

7:08am

There will be a lot of happy children getting their half term started early today with a number of schools across Worcestershire forced to close their doors.

Full list of school closures:

  • The Chantry School.
  • Hanley Castle High School.
  • Regency High School.
  • Rushwick CE Primary School.
  • Upton CE Primary School.

In addition, Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College is closed to students from Droitwich, Norton, Broadheath and Martley and Malvern Parish CE Primary School is set to close at 2pm.

All other schools are open as normal.

7:04am

Should take this opportunity to wish a happy Valentine's Day to all our readers. We love you all, but especially YOU. Yes, YOU.

7:00am

Remember the Sabrina footbridge is closed as well as the main road bridge, so if you need to walk from town to St John's or vise versa, the shuttle bus is your best bet. I've been back and forth on it several times over the past few days and I give it my personal seal of approval. I hope that doesn't deter anyone...

6:58am

6:58am

6:57am

The free shuttle bus will start taking passengers over the bridge from Broad Street to St John's in about five minutes. It's running until 4am today so your Friday night plans don't have to be put on hold!

6:54am

Morning all. Reporter Ian Craig here, coffee in hand and ready to bring you the latest on flooding across Worcestershire. Stand by for updates.

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7:13am Fri 14 Feb 14

mummyticklemonster says...

Suckley Primary School is shut.
Suckley Primary School is shut. mummyticklemonster
  • Score: 0

8:22am Fri 14 Feb 14

welshpricey says...

Latest odds for a hosepipe ban by the end of June, as it's the wrong kind of rain, 10-1 !!!!!!!!!

Hats off to the council and the drivers who are keeping the river crossings going until 4am. Rather you than me. Have you seen the state of half of the people wobbling around at that time of the morning!!
Latest odds for a hosepipe ban by the end of June, as it's the wrong kind of rain, 10-1 !!!!!!!!! Hats off to the council and the drivers who are keeping the river crossings going until 4am. Rather you than me. Have you seen the state of half of the people wobbling around at that time of the morning!! welshpricey
  • Score: 3

8:57am Fri 14 Feb 14

sugarlump says...

Dave Throup - maga hero, up there with Batman, Superman and all the other big names!! Is it a bird, is it plane - no its Throupman.
Dave Throup - maga hero, up there with Batman, Superman and all the other big names!! Is it a bird, is it plane - no its Throupman. sugarlump
  • Score: 3

9:00am Fri 14 Feb 14

david350uk says...

Why can't something more positive be done about the puddle outside the cricket ground, instead of all these agencies walking around patting themselves on the back and saying be safe all the time.

Why not a small wall of sand bags on each side of the road so that the water is pooled and then have a pump running to pump it out and keep it clear.
Or setup a temp. raised road surface as was done on the road into Tewsksbury in 2007.

Do you people realise the chaos that is been caused away from the bridge while you watch your little bus service run up and down ?
Why can't something more positive be done about the puddle outside the cricket ground, instead of all these agencies walking around patting themselves on the back and saying be safe all the time. Why not a small wall of sand bags on each side of the road so that the water is pooled and then have a pump running to pump it out and keep it clear. Or setup a temp. raised road surface as was done on the road into Tewsksbury in 2007. Do you people realise the chaos that is been caused away from the bridge while you watch your little bus service run up and down ? david350uk
  • Score: -11

9:19am Fri 14 Feb 14

welshpricey says...

david350uk wrote:
Why can't something more positive be done about the puddle outside the cricket ground, instead of all these agencies walking around patting themselves on the back and saying be safe all the time.

Why not a small wall of sand bags on each side of the road so that the water is pooled and then have a pump running to pump it out and keep it clear.
Or setup a temp. raised road surface as was done on the road into Tewsksbury in 2007.

Do you people realise the chaos that is been caused away from the bridge while you watch your little bus service run up and down ?
Blimey, try getting back into bed and out of the other side and see if that helps!!! Cheer up, it's Friday :-)
[quote][p][bold]david350uk[/bold] wrote: Why can't something more positive be done about the puddle outside the cricket ground, instead of all these agencies walking around patting themselves on the back and saying be safe all the time. Why not a small wall of sand bags on each side of the road so that the water is pooled and then have a pump running to pump it out and keep it clear. Or setup a temp. raised road surface as was done on the road into Tewsksbury in 2007. Do you people realise the chaos that is been caused away from the bridge while you watch your little bus service run up and down ?[/p][/quote]Blimey, try getting back into bed and out of the other side and see if that helps!!! Cheer up, it's Friday :-) welshpricey
  • Score: 10

10:11am Fri 14 Feb 14

sitting on the fence gives you piles says...

sugarlump wrote:
Dave Throup - maga hero, up there with Batman, Superman and all the other big names!! Is it a bird, is it plane - no its Throupman.
get a life
[quote][p][bold]sugarlump[/bold] wrote: Dave Throup - maga hero, up there with Batman, Superman and all the other big names!! Is it a bird, is it plane - no its Throupman.[/p][/quote]get a life sitting on the fence gives you piles
  • Score: 5

10:45am Fri 14 Feb 14

doughboy45 says...

Ive been AMAZED that schools have been closed on 'predicted weather' it's pathetic. Im not making light of the situation that some face but decisions based on fear? What should be clear to all is that
1] plans should be made to help schools remain open- maybe by the council ensuring key routes do not flood by doing some drainage maintenance.
2] The local road network serving the J7 is a joke-what ever the weather
3] basing the connectivity of a city on a single bridge is flawed

But mostly -Make decisions based on fact not fear.
Ive been AMAZED that schools have been closed on 'predicted weather' it's pathetic. Im not making light of the situation that some face but decisions based on fear? What should be clear to all is that 1] plans should be made to help schools remain open- maybe by the council ensuring key routes do not flood by doing some drainage maintenance. 2] The local road network serving the J7 is a joke-what ever the weather 3] basing the connectivity of a city on a single bridge is flawed But mostly -Make decisions based on fact not fear. doughboy45
  • Score: 10

10:50am Fri 14 Feb 14

patriot2879 says...

is anyone going to help down waverly road and diglis lane road needs closing? no support form the council when i called them very mad drivers driving through floods which causes a wave going up to our houses.
is anyone going to help down waverly road and diglis lane road needs closing? no support form the council when i called them very mad drivers driving through floods which causes a wave going up to our houses. patriot2879
  • Score: 1

11:54am Fri 14 Feb 14

welshpricey says...

We've had persistent heavy rain in Tewkesbury now for over an hour and no sign of it letting up. As time goes on more and more local roads around here are being shut down. As this little lot is tracking north doesn't make for good reading for wuss I'm afraid.
We've had persistent heavy rain in Tewkesbury now for over an hour and no sign of it letting up. As time goes on more and more local roads around here are being shut down. As this little lot is tracking north doesn't make for good reading for wuss I'm afraid. welshpricey
  • Score: -3

12:37pm Fri 14 Feb 14

citykid says...

patriot2879 wrote:
is anyone going to help down waverly road and diglis lane road needs closing? no support form the council when i called them very mad drivers driving through floods which causes a wave going up to our houses.
Take their reg numbers and pass them onto the police, WHO SHOULD REACT, let's hope they damage their engines there is no need or it at all
[quote][p][bold]patriot2879[/bold] wrote: is anyone going to help down waverly road and diglis lane road needs closing? no support form the council when i called them very mad drivers driving through floods which causes a wave going up to our houses.[/p][/quote]Take their reg numbers and pass them onto the police, WHO SHOULD REACT, let's hope they damage their engines there is no need or it at all citykid
  • Score: 0

12:44pm Fri 14 Feb 14

citykid says...

Good to see the army in Upton but great praise to all in Upton who have coped well, with only one road open but still getting stuff to the shops for all residents. Once again well done to you all.
Good to see the army in Upton but great praise to all in Upton who have coped well, with only one road open but still getting stuff to the shops for all residents. Once again well done to you all. citykid
  • Score: 0

1:34pm Fri 14 Feb 14

patriot2879 says...

citykid wrote:
patriot2879 wrote: is anyone going to help down waverly road and diglis lane road needs closing? no support form the council when i called them very mad drivers driving through floods which causes a wave going up to our houses.
Take their reg numbers and pass them onto the police, WHO SHOULD REACT, let's hope they damage their engines there is no need or it at all
I agree citykid, these kind of drivers are complete idiots, the council are not interested, they stated to me' we cant control how people drive' which is true but the council have the power to close the road so these idiots cant drive through it. i will take pics of these idiots now and post them on the news websites
[quote][p][bold]citykid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]patriot2879[/bold] wrote: is anyone going to help down waverly road and diglis lane road needs closing? no support form the council when i called them very mad drivers driving through floods which causes a wave going up to our houses.[/p][/quote]Take their reg numbers and pass them onto the police, WHO SHOULD REACT, let's hope they damage their engines there is no need or it at all[/p][/quote]I agree citykid, these kind of drivers are complete idiots, the council are not interested, they stated to me' we cant control how people drive' which is true but the council have the power to close the road so these idiots cant drive through it. i will take pics of these idiots now and post them on the news websites patriot2879
  • Score: 0

2:17pm Fri 14 Feb 14

citykid says...

patriot2879 wrote:
citykid wrote:
patriot2879 wrote: is anyone going to help down waverly road and diglis lane road needs closing? no support form the council when i called them very mad drivers driving through floods which causes a wave going up to our houses.
Take their reg numbers and pass them onto the police, WHO SHOULD REACT, let's hope they damage their engines there is no need or it at all
I agree citykid, these kind of drivers are complete idiots, the council are not interested, they stated to me' we cant control how people drive' which is true but the council have the power to close the road so these idiots cant drive through it. i will take pics of these idiots now and post them on the news websites
Yes I would too they got no thought gor others, if anyone from the council lived down there the road would be shut
[quote][p][bold]patriot2879[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]citykid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]patriot2879[/bold] wrote: is anyone going to help down waverly road and diglis lane road needs closing? no support form the council when i called them very mad drivers driving through floods which causes a wave going up to our houses.[/p][/quote]Take their reg numbers and pass them onto the police, WHO SHOULD REACT, let's hope they damage their engines there is no need or it at all[/p][/quote]I agree citykid, these kind of drivers are complete idiots, the council are not interested, they stated to me' we cant control how people drive' which is true but the council have the power to close the road so these idiots cant drive through it. i will take pics of these idiots now and post them on the news websites[/p][/quote]Yes I would too they got no thought gor others, if anyone from the council lived down there the road would be shut citykid
  • Score: -3

2:34pm Fri 14 Feb 14

welshpricey says...

citykid wrote:
patriot2879 wrote:
citykid wrote:
patriot2879 wrote: is anyone going to help down waverly road and diglis lane road needs closing? no support form the council when i called them very mad drivers driving through floods which causes a wave going up to our houses.
Take their reg numbers and pass them onto the police, WHO SHOULD REACT, let's hope they damage their engines there is no need or it at all
I agree citykid, these kind of drivers are complete idiots, the council are not interested, they stated to me' we cant control how people drive' which is true but the council have the power to close the road so these idiots cant drive through it. i will take pics of these idiots now and post them on the news websites
Yes I would too they got no thought gor others, if anyone from the council lived down there the road would be shut
Either that or follow them home, wait till they pull up on their drives, get out of the car and throw a bucket of water over them. See how they like it !!!!!
[quote][p][bold]citykid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]patriot2879[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]citykid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]patriot2879[/bold] wrote: is anyone going to help down waverly road and diglis lane road needs closing? no support form the council when i called them very mad drivers driving through floods which causes a wave going up to our houses.[/p][/quote]Take their reg numbers and pass them onto the police, WHO SHOULD REACT, let's hope they damage their engines there is no need or it at all[/p][/quote]I agree citykid, these kind of drivers are complete idiots, the council are not interested, they stated to me' we cant control how people drive' which is true but the council have the power to close the road so these idiots cant drive through it. i will take pics of these idiots now and post them on the news websites[/p][/quote]Yes I would too they got no thought gor others, if anyone from the council lived down there the road would be shut[/p][/quote]Either that or follow them home, wait till they pull up on their drives, get out of the car and throw a bucket of water over them. See how they like it !!!!! welshpricey
  • Score: 0

2:48pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Ted Elgar says...

Is anyone covering that so far we appear to have dodged a bullet as far as rainfall goes today (14/02) ?
http://www.metoffice
.gov.uk/weather/uk/r
adar/

The heaviest rain appeared to run along the South and missed the Thames Valley. It looks like it is raining fairly heavily in Wales which will obviously keep the Severn topped up.. but it always rains in Wales.
Is anyone covering that so far we appear to have dodged a bullet as far as rainfall goes today (14/02) ? http://www.metoffice .gov.uk/weather/uk/r adar/ The heaviest rain appeared to run along the South and missed the Thames Valley. It looks like it is raining fairly heavily in Wales which will obviously keep the Severn topped up.. but it always rains in Wales. Ted Elgar
  • Score: 0

4:30pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Roger5 says...

I agree Worcester desperately needs another bridge, as this week's problems clearly illustrate. Only Cllr Geraghty seems to believe in the futile 'dualling' plan for the Southern link, for which there is little evidence of real cost/benefit.

A northern link is just the kind of capital development of infrastructure Worcestershire needs to get proper economic development going, not fiddling around the edges with pathetic little schemes.

Every little town in France has proper by-passes, built with EU funding for economic development. Can't our local authorities in Worcestershire and Herefordshire make a combined bid?
I agree Worcester desperately needs another bridge, as this week's problems clearly illustrate. Only Cllr Geraghty seems to believe in the futile 'dualling' plan for the Southern link, for which there is little evidence of real cost/benefit. A northern link is just the kind of capital development of infrastructure Worcestershire needs to get proper economic development going, not fiddling around the edges with pathetic little schemes. Every little town in France has proper by-passes, built with EU funding for economic development. Can't our local authorities in Worcestershire and Herefordshire make a combined bid? Roger5
  • Score: 3

4:37pm Fri 14 Feb 14

barryj27660 says...

It makes me proud to know that althrough the current flooding both here and in somerset and the river thames we are still showing that famous dunkirk spirit..we might be wet and under water in places but the british spirit of hands to action is still strong
It makes me proud to know that althrough the current flooding both here and in somerset and the river thames we are still showing that famous dunkirk spirit..we might be wet and under water in places but the british spirit of hands to action is still strong barryj27660
  • Score: -2

4:47pm Fri 14 Feb 14

citykid says...

Drivers ignoring the closure of the bridge etc should be booked by the police and fined, always some idiots who think they know best. Come on officers nab them and put all there names on here
Drivers ignoring the closure of the bridge etc should be booked by the police and fined, always some idiots who think they know best. Come on officers nab them and put all there names on here citykid
  • Score: -1

4:49pm Fri 14 Feb 14

imustbeoldiwearacap says...

We didn't get this sort of weather when Paul Damari was forecasting? Getting a new bridge over the Severn is as likely as a plague of locusts!
We didn't get this sort of weather when Paul Damari was forecasting? Getting a new bridge over the Severn is as likely as a plague of locusts! imustbeoldiwearacap
  • Score: 1

6:33pm Fri 14 Feb 14

19joshua87 says...

As a pedestrian I've quite enjoyed having no traffic in town for a couple of days. Wish that was permanent, especially as more and more drivers in Worcester seem to have forgotten the highway code!
As a pedestrian I've quite enjoyed having no traffic in town for a couple of days. Wish that was permanent, especially as more and more drivers in Worcester seem to have forgotten the highway code! 19joshua87
  • Score: -3

8:29pm Fri 14 Feb 14

nantgarw says...

While we are lauding the efforts of Dave Throup and the E.A. and all the other emergency services, we should not forget what a super newspaper we have in this city. The work that the journalists have done recently have been superb and those who continually snipe at the paper with their snide know all comments are left looking extremely stupid. Not many know that Newsquest has deliberately made many journalists on this newspaper redundant before and after Christmas ,just to save a few quid. An appalling decision when these people have slogged their guts out for the Company. And as we can see, these journalists work from morning until 7.00- 8.00 pm at night to put the newspaper on the streets. Can we please have a bit more recognition in these worrying times, that our city newspaper is one of the very best in the country.
While we are lauding the efforts of Dave Throup and the E.A. and all the other emergency services, we should not forget what a super newspaper we have in this city. The work that the journalists have done recently have been superb and those who continually snipe at the paper with their snide know all comments are left looking extremely stupid. Not many know that Newsquest has deliberately made many journalists on this newspaper redundant before and after Christmas ,just to save a few quid. An appalling decision when these people have slogged their guts out for the Company. And as we can see, these journalists work from morning until 7.00- 8.00 pm at night to put the newspaper on the streets. Can we please have a bit more recognition in these worrying times, that our city newspaper is one of the very best in the country. nantgarw
  • Score: -2

9:33pm Fri 14 Feb 14

safety first says...

I'm hoping that places like the Cadet training Centre At Tiddesley Woods Pershore is being used to its full capability as it is paid for by tax payers. It has beds for 100 + washing , cooking facilities so it should be used has anyone thought about this?
I'm hoping that places like the Cadet training Centre At Tiddesley Woods Pershore is being used to its full capability as it is paid for by tax payers. It has beds for 100 + washing , cooking facilities so it should be used has anyone thought about this? safety first
  • Score: 0

9:59pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Fraser123 says...

I saw the Rapid Relief Team in action last night (volunteers from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church), they are on hand to assist those who are affected by the floods and where the council cant always reach quickly, at one point they even bought the Irish soldiers kebabs from the local kebab shop!! Very commendable I say, this the sort of spirit that really helps communities in these extreme weather conditions.
I saw the Rapid Relief Team in action last night (volunteers from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church), they are on hand to assist those who are affected by the floods and where the council cant always reach quickly, at one point they even bought the Irish soldiers kebabs from the local kebab shop!! Very commendable I say, this the sort of spirit that really helps communities in these extreme weather conditions. Fraser123
  • Score: 6

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