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Stay safe and report flood issues as river levels rise

Published Wednesday, 23rd December 2020

Residents in parts of Worcestershire are being reminded to stay safe as heavy rain is expected to cause flooding issues.

Worcestershire County Council is working closely with colleagues from the Environment Agency and district councils to alleviate the impact of expected flooding.

Due to continued heavy rainfall, river levels are expected to peak in Bewdley tomorrow morning and in Worcester, Diglis and Evesham tomorrow afternoon.

Councillor Tony Miller, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “We’re seeing heavy rainfall in parts of the county today.

“River levels are already high and are expected to rise so it will certainly have an impact on some homes and businesses.

“The timing couldn’t be any worse as we approach Christmas and after such a difficult year for us all due to the Covid pandemic and flooding earlier in the year.

“But rest assured our teams are ready and we’re working closely with colleagues in the Environment Agency and also district colleagues to ensure we have everything in place to reduce, where we can, the impact of any flooding.”

Wyre Forest District Council has sandbags available for residents to collect from Gardners Meadow car park in Bewdley, Vale Road car park in Stourport and the Depot in Green Street, Kidderminster.

Worcester City Council is making contact with households which are at risk of flooding, to offer assistance if it is required.

There is also likely to be a lot of surface water on many roads due to heavy rain today so people are being reminded to drive safely if they are going out on the roads.

The County Council is also sending out its gritters this evening as temperatures are expected to fall. The heavy rain is predicted to stop at around 1am so the gritters will be going out after that to treat primary and secondary routes. Drivers are being advised to take care as there may be ice on the roads as temperatures dip, especially on untreated surfaces.

Regular updates will be posted across all three of the County Council’s social media channels to update on issues and road closures.

Anyone who spots significant disruption due to flooding is encouraged to report it to Worcestershire County Council Highways. This can be done by contacting @WorcsTravel on Twitter or by calling 01905 765765.

More information about planning, managing and recovering from a flood is available on the Council’s dedicated flood advice pages.

Please remember to only call 999 if there is a risk of harm or threat to life.