FLOOD levels are set to rise in many parts of Worcestershire in the coming days, with high water levels likely to remain until Thursday, according to the Government’s Flood Information Service (FIS).

Alerts have been issued for Kempsey, Holt Fleet, Worcester and Upton-upon-Severn and the FIS will continue to monitor the situation as it develops.

Flooding is impacting low lying land near to the River Severn and drivers have been urged not to use roads near the river as they could be impassable.

Andrea Burton, environment manager with the Environment Agency said: “Levels have now peaked in the Upper Seven at Shrewsbury, and over the next few days the peak will steadily flow downstream through Shropshire into Worcestershire.

‘’We’ve installed temporary barriers in Shrewsbury, Ironbridge and Bewdley, and we’ve closed the flood gates in Upton-upon-Severn.

“The Upton-upon-Severn flood defences play a vital role in protecting homes and businesses from the devastating effects of flooding,.”

Many businesses are trading with no disruption, with flood defences giving a great deal of protection.

Annette Keyworth, chair of the Upton Business Association said: “Businesses in Upton-on-Severn are open and trading as usual.”

Mark Hamer, spokesman for Home Instead Senior Care Worcester, which provides support for many of the vulnerable in Worcestershire said: “We don’t anticipate any issues but we have a plans in place which we can implement such as the use of 4x4 vehicles. We monitor weather forecasting closely with our contract with SBS.

“If we have, say ,severe snow or flooding, we would then work with West Midlands Ambulance Service and the support person’s GP when things like medication is involved, particularly timed dosages.’’

The agency plans to reduce the risk from flood for at least 300,000 homes between 2015 and 2021.

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