DRIVERS were forced to follow diversions after road closures in Worcestershire due to heavy flooding.

Hylton Road, in Worcester, has been closed since 1pm yesterday as a flood barrier was put in place.

As a result of this a diversion has been put in place in Henwick Road. The flood gate will be removed as soon as the peak has passed through Worcester.

University of Worcester posted on Facebook: "The barriers are located directly outside the University of Worcester Arena and will prohibit traffic travelling between the Arena and the traffic lights outside the McDonalds on Tybridge Street.

"It is likely that the barriers will remain in place over the next 48 hours."

The Arena and the all of the Riverside Campus remains open and can be accessed from the St John’s Campus via Hylton Road.


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Worcestershire County Council Highways and Travel tweeted that major roads were closed due to flooding.

These include the A4103 in Bransford, B4211 in Hanley Road, Eckington Bridge in Pershore and Jubilee Bridge in Fladbury.

The water levels in Worcester has been the highest since 2014, according to Environment Agency manager Dave Throup.

Both Pitchcroft and Newport Street car parks have been closed due to flood water.

Despite parts of Croft Road being flooded, the car park remains open.

The fire service saw a huge increase in operational activity due to the torrential rain in Worcestershire and Herefordshire.

From 7am on Sunday (October 27) to 7am on Monday, 21 people and one dog were rescued from vehicles in flood water.

Forty-three people and 12 dogs were also rescued from properties due to flooding.

The emergency service provided transportation using the Water Response Vehicle for a nurse who was unable to get to a terminally ill patient in Tenbury Wells.

Assistant chief fire officer Keith Chance said: “This level of activity is exceptional and there has been an outstanding, professional response from all of our staff across the Service in very trying conditions.

“I would like to thank all of our crews for their professionalism and commitment in delivering these services across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.”

The Worcester News was inundated with photos from around the county of the floods.