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Partners work together on flood recovery in the county

photograph of flooded riverside in worcester. Published Friday, 20th January 2023

A wide range of partners across Worcestershire are continuing to work together as they move from flood response into flood recovery.

River levels across the River Avon, River Teme and particularly the River Severn are now receding.

The River Severn peaked on Sunday (15) at the lower end of the Environment Agency’s forecasts.

West Mercia Police and Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service, strongly supported by Worcestershire County Council, local district/city councils and specialised volunteers, visited everyone who was at risk of flooding during the event to warn and inform them and to and ensure their welfare.

The focus is now to support those who were flooded to recover and return to their properties and businesses as soon as possible.

Several dozen residential properties and businesses were flooded and many others cut off for a while.

Councillor Richard Morris, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “We have worked closely with our partners throughout these floods and continue to do so as we now enter into the recovery phase. I would like to offer my thanks to all our partners for their hard work during this time.

“We’d just like to ask that residents are patient with us over the next few days as we continue our clean-up of affected areas.

“Roads still may be closed for safety reasons and we’d ask people not to attempt to drive through any flood waters or move any cones that are in place to keep people safe.”

Superintendent Mel Paley, who chaired the multi-agency Tasking and Co-ordination Group during the flooding, said: “On behalf of all agencies I would like thank our local communities for their understanding and support as we responded to the recent flooding. While our flood response has now been stood down we will continue to work with our partners to ensure local residents and businesses are supported as we move into flood recovery.”

Most of the roads across the county which did need to be closed have now reopened and the small number which remain closed will be cleaned, made safe and reopened as soon as possible.

Impacts along the River Avon and River Teme were restricted to a small handful of road closures.

The Beale’s Corner flood barriers in Bewdley weren’t outflanked and they protected a number of properties as did the flood defences in Worcester, Upton and Uckinghall.

In addition, the contraflow system in Worcester stayed open and the A4104 Marina road in Upton upon Severn remained dry and open.