THE floods in July 2007 caused widespread disruption across Worcestershire.

By the end of July parts of Worcestershire were under six feet of water with the army brought in to help the people of Upton, cut off by floodwater.

New Road cricket ground and the racecourse were flooded and people had to be evacuated and in some cases rescued by boats from their homes. A 68-year-old motorist died after he was trapped in his vehicle in flood water near Pershore whilst attempting to cross an old ford in Bow Brook which was by then 2m deep.

A road in Cropthorne near Worcester collapsed because of the speed and volume of water flowing underneath the road in a pipe. The site was named Cropthorne Canyon.