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Summary

  • It is day 12 of the flooding that has brought so much disruption to the area.
  • As people prepare for new year celebrations, river levels will peak in several places.
  • Join this live report using Twitter #rainWN or add a comment at the end of this story. You can also send pictures to photo@worcesternews.co.uk.

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WET, WET, WET: Swans feeling at home on South Parade, Worcester. Picture by Nick Toogood

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Local round-up

The river Severn is now expected to peak in Worcestershire tomorrow based on the rainfall in Wales, after initial reports that it would peak yesterday.

Dave Throup, of the Environment Agency, said levels were likely to peak around about where they were at Christmas, possibly a little bit higher.

Mr Throup said: “The good news is that after today’s rain we’re looking at a week of dry weather which will let things drop, but very, very slowly.

"The Severn hasn’t moved in Worcester for days. By the weekend we will still see very high river levels. It will be a very slow recovery.”

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National round-up

Rain swept across south western parts of Britain today, bringing a sodden end to what is likely to be one of the wettest years on record.

Some upland places in south Wales and south west England saw nearly an inch of rain (20 to 25mm) in the six hours from 6am, said Julian Mayes, a senior forecaster with MeteoGroup.

"That's going to be making rivers rise temporarily at least, and causing more concern," he said.

There was heavy rain overnight in many areas. Shap in Cumbria had 52mm (two inches) and Capel Curig in Snowdonia 48mm in the 12 hours between 6pm yesterday and 6am today.

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Top links to see you through the flooding

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The end of the year will be marked by more downpours with much of England, Scotland and Wales under flood alert, compounding what is likely to be one of the wettest years on record.

New Year's Eve celebrations will be dampened by heavy wind and showers, as some areas battle to cope with 33mm of predicted rain today.

The start of 2013 is expected to bring some much desired respite from the rain, with weeks of almost relentless downpours expected to end tomorrow, replaced by cloud, dull skies and light showers.

But the heavy rain overnight and throughout today means the Environment Agency has 202 flood alerts and 86 flood warnings in place in areas where the ground is already saturated and rivers and groundwater levels are still high.

They follow hundreds of other alerts issued this month, as several days' worth of rain fell in a few hours at its worst, contributing to a year of bad weather which has left the UK on the brink of its wettest since records began in 1910.

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People out enjoying New Year's Eve celebrations tonight are being urged to take extra caution near the river's edge. People travelling for the new year should also take care as lots of roads are still blocked and there's a lot of surface water.

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The following roads across Worcestershire are currently closed to due flooding

B4088 Eckington Bridge - remains closed 31/12/12

B4211 Hanley Road, Upton - remains closed 31/12/12

U40214 Holt Fleet Lane, Ombersley - NEW UPDATE 28/12/12 - ROAD CLOSED

U23422 Houndsfield Lane, Wythall - closed until the New Year

A443 Hylton Road, Worcester - remains closed 31/12/12

C2153 Old Burcot Lane, Bromsgrove- NEW UPDATE - ROAD OPEN 31/12/12

C2141 Owlhill Lane, Doverdale, Ombersley - remains closed 31/12/12

U20553 Woodbury Lane, Norton - remains closed 31/12/12

C2099 New Street, Upton - remains closed 31/12/12

Worcester City Riverside (Cleeve Walk) - closed until after Chistmas period, due to silt levels.

C2263 between Ab Lench and Rous Lench - NEW UPDATE 28/12/12 - Road closed due to damage to road surface.

Information from Worcestershire County Council

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The following bus services are currently disrupted by flooding

15 (Kidderminster – Bewdley – Stourport): This service is currently omitting Stourport Road in Bewdley due to the flood barriers being up at Beale's Corner. The service is therefore diverting via the A456 Bypass and Kidderminster Road to the town centre, and vice versa.

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. Hanley Castle is therefore being omitted.

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

758 (Worcester – Hallow – Great Witley – Tenbury): This service is diverting via Henwick Road instead of Hylton Road in Worcester due to flooding. The service will additionally be diverted between 2nd – 4th January 2013 between Newnham Bridge and Stockton (omitting Eastham, Lindridge, Eardiston and part of Stockton) due to an emergency road closure following repairs to a burst water main.

760 (Tenbury – Stourport – Kidderminster): The service will be diverted between 2nd – 4th January 2013 between Newnham Bridge and Stockton (omitting Eastham, Menithwood, Lindridge, Eardiston and part of Stockton) due to an emergency road closure following repairs to a burst water main.

Information from Worcestershire County Council

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