LiveFloodwatch: Cars parked at Pitchcroft being submerged

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Summary

  • Rivers across Worcestershire are running high, with flooding in many low-lying areas.
  • More rain is forecast for the weekend.
  • Is it going to be a washout Christmas?
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12:35pm

12.35pm.

The Environment Agency reports that at 7.30am today the level at the Tenbury Gauge was 2.42 metres and steady. the level at the Newnham Bridge Gauge was 0.71 metres and steady. the level at the Stanford Bridge Gauge was 2.59 metres and falling. the level at the Knightsford Gauge was 3.03 metres and falling slowly. the level at the Bransford Gauge was 4.28 metres and falling slowly.

12:33pm

12.35pm.

The Environment Agency is reporting that at 7am today; the level at the Evesham Gauge was 2.06 metres and steady.

A peak level of 2.75 metres occurred yesterday. A second peak level of between 2.4 and 2.8 metres is expected to occur tomorrow afternoon.

The following areas could be affected by flooding: low-lying areas of farmland and caravan parks between Evesham and Tewkesbury; the B4080 at Eckington. 

12:25pm

12.25pm.

The Environment Agency reports that at 11.45am today, the level at the Diglis Gauge was 4.42 metres and steady.

A peak level of between 4.4 and 4.9 metres is expected to occur on Monday, but this prediction could rise as a result of further rainfall expected today.

The following roads could be affected by flooding; Hood Street, Quay Street, Pitchcroft Lane, Waterworks Road, and Newport Street.

12:22pm

12.20pm.

Delays and one lane closed due to flooding on M50 Eastbound at junction two A417 (Ledbury). Lane two is now only closed after a full carriageway closure earlier. Lane one reopened at around noon.

11:23am

11.20am.

Latest travel information: 

A443 Hylton Road Worcester: Road closed due to flooding.
A4133 Holt Fleet Road Ombersley: Just passable due to flooding.
C2022 Jubilee Bridge Fladbury: Road closed due to flooding.
B4080 Eckington: Road closed due to flooding.
B4211 Hanley Road Upton Upon Severn: Road closed due to flooding.

11:00am

10.57am

Rail services between Worcestershire stations and Birmingham were being disrupted this morning due to signalling problems between University and King's Norton.

London Midland reports: "Train services running through these stations may be cancelled or delayed at short notice. An estimate for the resumption of normal services will be provided as soon as the problem has been fully assessed."  

10:53am

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Water is lying on Hylton Road and traffic authorities have put signs up warning drivers to take care.

Outside Worcester, low-lying country lanes around Bransford are subject to flooding.

10:50am

10.50am Saturday.

The Environment Agency reports that at 6:15am today, the level at the Diglis Gauge was 4.44 metres and steady. A peak level of between 4.5 and 4.7 metres is expected to occur this evening.

This level prediction could rise as a result of further rainfall expected today. The following roads could be affected by flooding: Hood Street, Quay Street, Pitchcroft Lane, Waterworks Road, and Newport Street.

 

6:44pm

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5:39pm

GUESS WHAT'S COMING? 6am tomorrow morning, and that nice colourful band is rain. The blue bits are light rainfall, the red bits are downpours.

Worcester News: Rainmap

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4:54pm

Bus service disruptions due to flooding (via Worcestershire County Council)

  • 31B (Worcester – Hylton Road – Henwick Park) : This service is expected to be disrupted during the erection of the flood barriers on Hylton Road in Worcester.
     
  • Whilst Hylton Road is closed, the service will operate as a standard 31 service via St. John's and Laugherne Road instead.
     
  • 42 / 43 (Malvern – Upton) : These services are currently operating to its Standard Flood Timetable due to flooding at Hanley Road in Upton. 
     
  • 362 (Worcester – Kempsey – Upton) : This service is currently operating to its Standard Flood Timetable due to flooding at Hanley Road in Upton.
     
  • ​363 (Worcester – Callow End – Upton): This service is currently operating to its Standard Flood Timetable due to flooding at Hanley Road in Upton.
     
  • ​382 (Worcester – Norton – Eckington – Pershore) : This service is currently operating to its Standard Flood Timetable.
     
  • 551 (Worcester – Pershore – Evesham) : This service is currently operating to its Standard Flood Timetable. 

  • 758 (Worcester – Hallow – Great Witley – Tenbury) : This service is expected to be disrupted during the erection of the flood barriers on Hylton Road in Worcester. Whilst Hylton Road is closed, the service will divert via Henwick Road instead. 

4:30pm

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4:21pm

National update: Rail failures and floods wrecked travel plans for millions today on the busiest 24 hours of the Christmas getaway.

A signalling problem in west London meant the Heathrow Express was unable to run and services in and out of Paddington station in London were severely delayed.

Train services near Gatwick airport, in West Sussex, were also affected by a major signalling problem caused by an overnight fire at Preston Park near Brighton.

Flooding also caused chaos as a number of rail routes were affected, with surface water causing several accidents and road closures.

4:18pm

Road closures update

The following roads across Worcestershire are currently closed:

  • B4197 Ankerdine Hill, Knightwick (by Talbot Public House) - closed 21/12/12 1350 hrs
  • U45034 East Side, North Littleton -  closed 20/12/12
  • B4088 Eckington Bridge - closed 21/12/12
  • U45028 Farm Lane, South Littleton -  closed 20/12/12
  • B4211 Hanley Road, Upton - closed 21/12/12 1330 hrs
  • U23422 Houndsfield Lane, Wythall - closed until the New Year
  • C2022 Jubilee Bridge, Fladbury - closed 21/12/12
  • C2153 Old Burcot Lane, Bromsgrove- closed 20/12/12
  • C2141 Owlhill Lane, Doverdale, Ombersley - closed 21/12/12 1300 hrs
  • U20553 Woodbury Lane, Norton -  closed 20/12/12
  • C2099 New Street, Upton - road closed 20/12/12 (flood gates have been closed)
  • Worcester City Riverside (Cleeve Walk) - closed until after Christmas period, due to silt levels.

4:10pm

FLOODED AGAIN: South Parade under water

Worcester News: South Parade flooding

4:07pm

We'll have a full floods round-up and picture special in tomorrow's Worcester News.

4:05pm

TIME TO GO: Drivers hurriedly leave Pitchcroft car park in Worcester as floodwaters swamp cars

Worcester News: Pitchcroft car park, Worcester

3:36pm

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE THIS BUT... More misery in the Pitchcroft car park, Worcester, as floodwaters swamp cars

Worcester News: Pitchcroft car park, Worcester

3:29pm

Police report that they took down the numbers of cars which were in danger of being flooded at Pitchcroft and had been making attempts to contact the owners to warn them.

3:29pm

Your essential guide to getting home tonight

 

Flood warnings 

Travel for Worcester

Train services

Road closures

Worcestershire bus timetables

3:02pm

OH, NO! Misery for a driver after floodwaters rose over the car park at Pitchcroft, Worcester, today

Worcester News: Flooding, Pitchcroft, Worcester

3:00pm

SINKING FEELING: A driver finds his car full of water after floodwaters rose over the car park at Pitchcroft, Worcester, today

Worcester News: Pitchcroft car park flooded

2:54pm

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2:38pm

Road closures latest

The following roads across Worcestershire are currently closed:

  • B4197 Ankerdine Hill, Knightwick (by Talbot Public House) - closed 21/12/12 1350 hrs
  • U45034 East Side, North Littleton -  closed 20/12/12
  • B4088 Eckington Bridge - closed 21/12/12
  • U45028 Farm Lane, South Littleton -  closed 20/12/12
  • B4211 Hanley Road, Upton - closed 21/12/12 1330 hrs
  • U23422 Houndsfield Lane, Wythall - closed until the New Year
  • C2022 Jubilee Bridge, Fladbury - closed 21/12/12
  • C2153 Old Burcot Lane, Bromsgrove- closed 20/12/12
  • C2141 Owlhill Lane, Doverdale, Ombersley - closed 21/12/12 1300 hrs
  • U20553 Woodbury Lane, Norton -  closed 20/12/12
  • C2099 New Street, Upton - road closed 20/12/12 (flood gates have been closed)

 

2:36pm

Worcester News:

One of about three or four cars parked on the Pitchcroft Car Park. The owners probably don't even realise what's happening to their vehicles.

2:26pm

2:17pm

 
We've got someone down there taking a look. We're hearing that "a lot of bubbles" are coming up through the ground from somewhere and apparently there's a police officer guarding an area.
 
We'll let you know more when we hear anything, but in the meantime, if your car is parked there, it might be an idea to shift it!

2:15pm

2:02pm

Travel update

Signal problems have brought cancellations and delays to trains between Worcester and Birmingham today.

Trains between Birmingham Snowhill and Stourbridge Junction have been cancelled.

LondonMidland say rats gnawing at cabling have caused the problems.

A temporary generator has been set up get signals working again.

A shuttle service is running between Worcester Shrub Hill and Stourbridge Junction

Click here for more info.

1:54pm

 

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1:29pm

National update: Motorists are being warned not to use flooded roads, and an AA spokesman said the service attended more than 320 breakdowns yesterday due to vehicles getting stuck in floodwater.

Nearly 400 flood alerts and warnings are currently in place, the agency said, including 91 more serious flood warnings, focused on the South West, East Anglia, the Midlands and the North East.

1:28pm

National roundup: Floods, signal failures and even animals on rail tracks combined to hold up millions of travellers today as the Christmas getaway began.

Flooding affected a number of rail services, which were also delayed when animals got on to the line near Micklefield in Yorkshire.

One of the worst of the delays was due to a signal problem at Hayes & Harlington in west London.

This caused long hold-ups to those travelling by rail to Heathrow on the west London airport's busiest day of the Christmas period.

Buses had to replace trains due to flooding on a number of lines, while on the London Underground the whole of the Jubilee Line was closed at the start of services due to a signalling system problem.

1:20pm

 

1:19pm

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1:17pm

1:15pm

Floodwater now lapping around cars on Worcester's Pitchcroft car park.

Get down now and move yours if you can!

12:56pm

GETTING BETTER: How the weather map for noon Sunday looks

Worcester News: Rain map

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12:20pm

PLOUGHING THROUGH: Flooding on the road at Crown East Lane, Crown East, near Worcester, yesterday

Worcester News: Crown East Lane, Crown East

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11:59am

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11:48am

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11:24am

ROAD OR RIVER? It's the upper part of New Road in Upton yesterday

Worcester News: New Road, Upton

11:16am

11:14am

Bus services disrupted due to flooding

The following bus services are currently disrupted:

  • 382 (Worcester – Norton – Eckington – Pershore) : This service is currently operating to its Standard Flood Timetable.
     
  • 551 (Worcester – Pershore – Evesham): This service is currently operating to its Standard Flood Timetable.

    Click here for more info.

11:11am

BAD NEWS: But this is where it's raining tomorrow

Worcester News: Rain map

11:07am

11:06am

Train delays

  • No trains between Stourbridge Junction and Birmingham Snow Hill until further notice
  • Major delays to and from London Paddington expected until 15:00

Click here for more info.

11:01am

GOOD NEWS: This is where it's raining today

Worcester News: Rain map

10:58am

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10:56am

Met Office weather briefing: The Met Office and the  Environment Agency are advising the public to stay aware of the latest forecasts and warnings, and be prepared for possible travel disruption and flooding as the rain falls onto already saturated ground.

Much of the UK will see persistent rain and strong winds today, with particularly heavy rain for parts of eastern Scotland where there could be as much as 80 mm.

Strong southeasterly winds may also bring the risk of coastal flooding here, with some snow falling over the higher mountains too.

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10:48am

Roads closured due to flooding

  • Jubiliee Bridge, Fladbury
  • B4080 Eckington (Eckington Bridge)

Click here for more travel info.

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