Wet Christmas rather than white expected here in Worcestershire

River Avon Flood Risk 2017 Published Thursday, 19th December 2019

According to Met Office reports, we’re more likely to get a wet Christmas here in Worcestershire, rather than a white one.

A yellow weather warning is currently in force for Worcestershire and further rain is expected as we head into next week.

Gulley emptiers, highways teams and tree contractors have been placed on standby over the next few days ready to support if and when they are needed.

Preparations are already underway in Upton Upon Severn, Worcester and Bewdley ahead of the heavy rainfall that is being forecast in the area.

Councillor Tony Miller, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for the Environment, said: “It would seem that Worcestershire residents may well be in for a wet Christmas this year, with flooding a real possibility, and preparations have begun to help us deal with the heavy rainfall that is expected over the coming days. Our highways teams work closely with partners including colleagues from the Environment Agency, district councils, Severn Trent Water and the emergency services during times of flooding and heavy rainfall. I’d encourage residents to ensure they know where their sandbags are stored locally, and to keep a regular eye on the forecast, and our social media channels for regular updates.”

Flood pumps have been installed at Hylton Road in preparation for significant rainfall and our highways officers are continually monitoring rivers across the county, working closely with the Environment Agency.

When flooding is predicted, sandbags are available at the following locations across the county:
The Depot, Aston Road, Bromsgrove
Cross Gates Depot, Redditch
Gardners Meadow, Bewdley
Vale Road car park, Stourport
Civic Centre, Pershore
Green Street Depot frontage, Kidderminster
Chapel Street Car Park, Evesham
Lido Car Park, Worcester Road, Droitwich Spa
Council Depot in Pendragon Close, Malvern
Sandbags may also be available at East Waterside, Upton.

Residents are advised to keep hold of existing sandbags they may already have.

For further information, please visit the flooding advice pages on the Council website