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  1. Our floods coverage across the week

    This brings to an end the week's live updates on flooding in the West Midlands.

    Coverage will continue on the BBC News website this weekend.

  2. Ironbridge: Severn levels this weekend not expected to hit earlier peak

    River levels in Ironbridge this weekend aren't expected to be as bad as we've seen over the last few days, Telford and Wrekin Council says.

    The councillor responsible for housing, transport and infrastructure, David Wright, said: "Obviously if it's pouring with rain up in the catchment area, up in the Welsh hills, we're going to get a big flow of water through again. We don't think it'll come up to the level it was this week."


    Nevertheless, the flood barrier on the Wharfage will be deployed again and the Environment Agency has said it doesn't appear to have been as badly damaged as first feared.

  3. Flooded sports clubs turn to crowdfunding for repairs

    Sports clubs in Hereford are using crowdfunding to raise the thousands of pounds they say they need to clean up and make repairs after Storm Dennis which hit the weekend before last.

    Hereford Rugby Club pitch underwater

    One of them, Hereford Rugby Club, has had £15,000 donated towards a £20,000 target after they said floors, kitchen equipment and training kit were damaged.

    Westfields FC said floodwaters got into their clubhouse and changing rooms, leaving them with a £5,000 bill to address the damage.

  4. Shops reopen after 'mammoth' effort to clean up Tenbury Wells

    Businesses in a part of Worcestershire badly flooded after Storm Dennis hit nearly two weeks ago are pleading for customers to return as they reopen.

    Flooding in Tenbury Wells on 17 February

    About 130 homes had to be evacuated in Tenbury Wells after several feet of water flooded the market town.

    The waters have now receded and people have cleared the silt left behind.

    Fishmonger Graham James is among those who've been able to reopen businesses.

    "It's just a mammoth effort to clear it all up and get going again and to try and get customers to come back to us," he said.

  5. Rowing club events 'devastated' by flooding

    Bridgnorth Rowing Club says flooding there has "devastated" its plans for events.

    The River Severn has also damaged its headquarters and Paul Wallace from the club said: "We're sort of attached to the rugby club and there's a partition fence, and the power, the water, has just ripped that fence over."

  6. Your photos: Flooded fields and streets

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's going to take some time for this flooding to go, even though river levels are falling - not least because more rain is forecast.

    Here we can see photos from BBC Weather Watchers in Lydbury North and Worcester.

    Lydbury North
  7. Herefordshire flood appeal passes £50k

    More than £50,000 has been donated to a fund set up to help people caught in the aftermath of Storm Dennis in Herefordshire last week.

    Flooding in Hampton Bishop, Herefordshire

    The campaign was launched on 17 February by the Herefordshire Community Foundation and the Hereford Times with a £100,000 target.

    They said the money would go towards covering urgent needs including the cost of temporary accommodation before being used to give longer term support as floodwaters receded.

  8. Car stuck in floodwater prompts warning

    Drivers are being warned once more not to drive through floodwater after a car was spotted in a bit of fix near Worcester.

    Car stuck in water

    The vehicle was seen by a member of West Mercia's Search and Rescue team.

    He said it was on the B4196 between Holt Heath and Shrawley, which Worcestershire County Council said remained closed.

  9. Kidderminster Harriers match called off

    Kidderminster Harriers have just announced their match against Guisley won't go ahead after all.

    The club said: "Heavy, persistent rain in the area since Thursday evening has left the pitch waterlogged."

    And it said with no prospect of the weather improving, it was making the decision now.

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  10. MP writes to Ironbridge residents over 'life-changing' events

    Telford MP Lucy Allan has written to her constituents in Ironbridge to offer her "full support in rebuilding their lives".

    She said she had visited the town twice in the last 10 days and had been meeting ministers to discuss the flooding.

  11. Repairs to flood barriers 'complete'

    The Environment Agency says the repairs to flood barriers in Ironbridge and Bewdley are now complete.

    It has taken advantage of falling river levels today to carry out inspections and replace damaged panels.

    Barrier repairs
  12. River level set to fall further but could rise again

    Here's a look at the Environment Agency forecast for Shrewsbury.

    As you can see, it's expecting river levels to drop to about 3m over the weekend before rising again should more rain work its way down the Severn.

    How much higher levels will rise is unclear at this stage, but they might not be as high as they've been this week.

    Flood graph
  13. Flood barriers repaired in Bewdley

    Repairs have been carried out on the temporary flood barriers in Bewdley, Worcestershire, amid forecasts of more rain.

    River Severn lapping against barriers

    The Environment Agency said the level of the River Severn had continued to fall today, although three flood warnings still covered the town.

    With more bad weather forecast over the next few days, agency manager Christian Wilcox tweeted with reference to the defences: "Good as new, ready for whatever comes this weekend."

    Repairs being carried out
  14. Flooding support offered this weekend

    People are being offered help and advice this weekend in Bewdley after the week's flooding.

    Flooding in Bewdley this week

    Wyre Forest District Council is holding a drop-in session with Worcestershire County Council at the town's library.

    The authorities say they'll have information on the financial support available to those hit by flooding.

  15. Football matches due to go ahead, despite wet weather

    Although more rain is forecast over the weekend, it looks like it won't have a significant impact on football fixtures.

    Shrewsbury Town, Kidderminster Harriers and Hereford FC expect their games to go ahead, while AFC Telford United, who had to call off their game on Tuesday, are away tomorrow and aren't expecting any problems.

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  16. Free accommodation until next week for evacuees

    Families who had to leave their homes in Ironbridge have been told by Telford and Wrekin Council they can stay in hotels until at least next Tuesday, at the authority's expense.

    At the moment, there are 34 people from 27 properties staying at the Valley and Tontine hotels.


    Telford and Wrekin Council says there are 145 properties deemed at risk of flooding in the Ironbridge area and people in 71 of them chose to stay in their homes, including five properties on the Wharfage, where the flood barrier is.

  17. Barrier repairs 'will be completed' before river rises

    The Environment Agency says the repairs to the Ironbridge flood defences can be completed in just a few hours, and should be ready well before river levels rise again.

    Tim Norton

    Spokesman Tim Norton said: "I’ve been speaking to the team down here and they’ve been really impressed with how the barriers have held up.

    "Even though there was some damage, they still did their job.

    "We’re confident they will offer really good protection in the coming days”.

    The repairs are targeting sections of the barriers that buckled against the pressure of the swollen Severn, letting water seep underneath. Police led an emergency evacuation of properties in response.

    The Environment Agency fears heavy rain that's forecast could take a toll on the Severn once more.

  18. In pictures: Flood barrier panels replaced

    As you can see from these photos, parts of the flood barriers on the Wharfage in Ironbridge have been dismantled.

    Damaged panels are going to be taken away by lorry and replaced with new ones, with Telford and Wrekin Council saying it expects river levels to rise again, either on Sunday or Monday.

    Flood barrier inspection
    Flood barrier inspection
  19. Facebook divide over need for PM flood visit

    The question of whether or not the prime minister should visit flood-hit communities in the West Midlands has divided people on the BBC Midlands Facebook page.

    Our political editor Patrick Burns questioned here whether there was genuine public clamour or the demands stemmed mainly from the media.

    Flooded house in Ironbridge

    On the Facebook page, Hilda Linford wrote: "I cannot see the point of the prime minister or any minister coming to view the floods. They are better needed organising help and funds for the aftermath. They are a distraction at best."

    Richard Smith agreed: "No point, he can't do anything, better off staying put where he can actually get things organised."

    But Sharon Moore disagreed: "It would be nice to hear what he has to say on how he is going to help all flood victims. If he visited he may be able to answer questions people have and what help they're going to get."

    While Pat Roberts added: "They need to see first-hand the awful situation people are in, whose homes and businesses have been flooded!"