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David Cameron in Worcestershire as flood clean-up continues - Live coverage
Updated 3:36pm Monday 17th February 2014 in News
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- David Cameron visiting Worcestershire this morning
- Flood clean-up continues across the county
- More rain expected today
- River levels set to remain high this week
- Tweet us your pictures @worcesternews
Worcester City Council has been forced to close an area of Cripplegate Park around the zip wire.
The council announced the park had reopened earlier today.
But park keepers have since discovered that a number of other conifer trees had been damaged in the storms.
An area around the zip wire, as well as the entrances to the park oppositie McDonald's and next to The Pavillion have since been closed for safety reasons.
RT @David_Cameron: A great example of the military helping with floods: running a shuttle service on flooded roads in Upton-upon-Severn. ht…— @EnvAgency 17 February 2014
I don't think there will be much cricket anytime soon, but a step in the right direction over at New Road.
From Worcestershire County Cricket Club:
"Following the recent accessibility problems caused by the Bridge closure, we can confirm that our offices have reopened.
"The pitch is still submerged however we are in the process of cleaning the Severn Bridge Car Park to provide easy access to the ground.
"Once the water level on the pitch has subsided our ground staff will be able evaluate the condition of the underlying grass and resume preparations for the forthcoming season."
Cripplegate Park in Worcester is now open after the floods although its appearance may have changed after several trees were torn down in strong winds. A 40 feet eucalyptus tree blew down in the gales on Friday and, on the way down, it hit a cedar, knocking branches off that. Two conifers also came down in the gusts, falling into the car park. Work is also underway to open Gheluvelt Park in Barbourne, Worcester. A spokesman for Worcester City Council said there was a lot of silt on the paths and the play area. He said: "People are keen for Gheluvelt Park to reopen because it's half-term. It's not in a safe condition at this moment to re-open but we hope we can open the park soon. It does depend on the river levels."
10:14am Mon 17 Feb 14
Ted Elgar says
@Arthur - I wasn't really arguing that there isn't much anyone can do, rather that modern river management isn't all about dredging channels constantly.
The scheme at Gheluvelt park actually involved opening up the area of meadow in the park to recreate floodplain conditions, whereas previously the river had been funnelled at that point.
A lot of people are jumping on the idea of bunds (see above), but they just move the problem further downstream. I can fully sympathise with residents wanting to protect their homes in Severn Stoke, but what if changes end up flooding more homes in Upton (for example) ?
Good news: Sansome Walk in #Worcester has now reopened after that cable from the railway bridge was secured in place. Road closures lifted.— @WMerciaPolice 17 February 2014
@DaveThroupFans Now if @David_Cameron is in #Upton then perhaps @DaveThroupEA is where he should be running the country?— @lily_minster 17 February 2014
David Cameron has now left apparently and WON'T be visiting Worcester, as we understand it.
@Number10press @Hotcrossbunn99 David Cameron in Anchor Inn & Landlord Grahame Bunn at a meeting with residents http://t.co/Dcoc77nopy— @uptonuponsevern 17 February 2014
Elsewhere, Western Power Distribution says that more than 20,000 homes and businesses are still without power in south Wales, south-west England and the West Midlands.
10:48am Mon 17 Feb 14
Perhaps they should take David Cameron over to East Waterside, Upton upon Seven. To show him how not everyone in Upton is protected!
PM David Cameron visiting flood hit Upton-upon-Severn. Thanking all that have assisted #openforbusiness http://t.co/bjwRVC7IGv— @MalvernCops 17 February 2014
So there you are, it's official, David Cameron is in Upton upon Severn.
Just seen our Prime Minister David Cameron in Upton!! http://t.co/ka98eVRrzj— @kezmo22 17 February 2014
9:58am Mon 17 Feb 14
Arthur Blenkinsop says
Ted Elgas has it right. There is little anyone can do. The people living on the banks of the Severn live on the flood plain of a river that regularly floods. Barring ministers being able to stop the rain, no one can do anything much to stop the flooding. It has always happened and always will happen. You don't hear those people moaning in the summer months when they live in some of the most beautiful places in the UK.
The Somerset Levels are below sea level and are also prone to flooding, again they always have been. And also don't forget that the last time we have significant flooding, we had a different administration in power - did they do any better a job? There is no blame to lay here IMO.
Riverside flood defence wall, 7.30am. A good drop in the river level overnight. http://t.co/LR8VAhenJd http://t.co/qNmsDOWC2G— @uptonuponsevern 17 February 2014
Don't forget that visit to Upton with the "Big Green Upton Shuttle Bus" helping access to the town!— @SuptNorthWorcs 17 February 2014
WORCESTER PARK UPDATE. Good morning - unfortunately Gheluvelt Park is still shut today due to post flood clean up... http://t.co/x1iv9GB6Gu— @myworcester 17 February 2014
RT @myworcester: #Worcester is #open4business. The Bridge has re-opened, most car parks are open. Come into town and grab a bargain! #Worce…— @WorcesterBID 17 February 2014
RT @myworcester: Cattle Market car park now open - but not accessible from The Butts #WorcesterFloods #Flooding #Worcester— @WorcesterBID 17 February 2014
9:02am Mon 17 Feb 14
Ted Elgar says
"Too little, too late" ? Hardly. The floods have been just as bad as this in recent memory and the various flood alleviation works seem to have made the situation better, not worse. (See the improvements made at Gheluvelt park where the old water works once were).
The poor old Environment Agency has been given a good kicking over the floods with a great deal of ill-informed discussion of dredging in Somerset. Somerset hasn't seen that level of rainfall for over 200 hundred years, so it is hardly surprising nobody can remember it having been so bad. Meanwhile, TV reports have focused on canvassing angry farmers for opinion, not expert hyrdrologists, which means sensible informed debate has been buried, at least publicly.
The Conservatives (and UKIP) are happy to jump on the European Habitat Regulations as being the root cause of this (by preventing dredging of sensitive rivers), but the fact remains it wouldn't have made much, if any, difference. People will argue this point endlessly, but hydrology should be left to the experts. (I would imagine that the Environment Agency will be rubbing their collective hands together at this time of funding cuts as they argue their case for a bigger slice of the pie).
In the case of Worcester, we haven't seen a doomsday scenario, just a lot of water on the flood plain. That doesnt mean it isn't depressing to be flooded, but people living in Diglis (and Kempsey/Severn Stoke/Upton) can't really be surprised that their homes were at risk. The EA provide handy maps ("what's in your backyard") which could have helped those new to the area work out where floods and where doesn't.
Let us know what you think...
Will David Cameron give Severn Stoke a flood bund? Simple earth bank round the back of the houses and church would do job and protect A38— @JenniferWorthi1 17 February 2014
Well, our reporter and photographer are out the door, but I'm not sure I'm actually allowed to tell you where they are going...
Again, harsh or fair?
9:09am Mon 17 Feb 14
Locally I think the EA, councils, volunteers, army etc have managed the past week exceptionally well.
Nationally the best comment on the Governments late action was 'nothing happened until the effluent hit the affluent'
The fact that Cameron is going around shows how inept he thinks Pickles and Patterson are. (Inept is being polite ******* useless would be better)
Is this harsh, or fair?
8:34am Mon 17 Feb 14
truth must out says
Too little too late....until the floods got close to London the government were doing nothing!!
However, the following road closures are still in force, according to Worcestershire County Council.
Diglis Bridge closed to pedestrians
A443 Hylton Road, Worcester
Waverley Street, Worcester
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
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
Trench Lane between Shafland Cross and Grafton Flyford
Ford Land near Droitwich between A38 & Crutch Lane
Woodbury Lane, Norton
Switchback - Bewdley - Stourport
B4195 Stourport Road, Bewdley (from junction with Beale's Corner, Stourport Road to junction with Westbourne Street)
Lincomb Lane, Stourport
Good news klaxon!
WORCESTER BRIDGE IS NOW FULLY OPEN!
What would you ask the Prime Minister if you got to meet him today?
So, will the PM get to meet the legend Dave Throup do we think? Perhaps that's why he's decided to visit...
Meanwhile, here's the weather forecast for today around the county...
So it looks like the cat is out of the bag and we can now say that Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to visit Worcestershire today as part of a .
Details of the visit are not clear as yet but it is expected he will visit Worcester and Upton upon Severn to see how things have been affected and the clean-up operation in full swing.
All the Conservative Party are confirming at the moment is that he will be in the 'West Midlands'.