Hereford & Worcester

Herefordshire and Worcestershire braced for further flooding

Flooding at Powick
Image caption Flood water at Powick is kept at bay by permanent bunds

Flood warnings have been issued in Worcestershire and Herefordshire as the Met Office warned of further heavy rain over the weekend.

The Environment Agency said river levels were still rising but would not reach the heights of the 2007 floods.

Three men were rescued from a car stuck in floods near Redditch on Friday.

New warnings are in place for the Avon at Wyre Piddle, Strensham and Bredon and the Severn at Clifton, Severn Stoke, Bevere and North Worcester.

Roads closed

Warnings remain on: the Teme at Bransford, Stanford Bridge and Leintwardine, the Wye from Hereford to Ross-on-Wye and the Severn at Worcester, Pitchcroft, Kempsey, Callow End and Upton-on-Severn - where levels are due to peak on Monday.

The Environment Agency, however, warned that rivers were expected to remain high for several days, due to the forecast for the next week.

Floodgates at Dunns Lane in Upton were closed on Thursday, while defences in Bewdley have also gone up.

The A4113 has been closed by flooding in Leintwardine, as well as Hanley Road in Upton.

The A465 in Hereford, the A4110 in Adforton, the A4110 in Bainstree and the B4080 in Eckington are also affected.

Worcester City Council said the Pitchcroft car park was being closed and urged people to remove their cars.

It said parts of the Croft Road car park were also flooded, while barriers were being put up at The Butts entrance to the cattle market car park to keep water out.

Image caption Worcester City Council is telling drivers to move their cars from riverside car parks
Image caption Flood water has almost completely covered Worcester Racecourse
Image caption Pavements and car parks are also flooded in Worcester, where the River Severn is expected to peak on Sunday

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