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  1. Our coverage across the day

    That brings to an end today's updates on floods in the West Midlands.

    Thank you for joining us.

  2. Summary of the day

    You can see from the last hour or so that the story by now is about the clean-up and how people are trying to get on with their lives.

    But that's not to say we're out of the woods yet, although things seem so much more positive than this time last week.

    That's because while the Severn rose again following weekend rain, levels peaked below last week's highs and have started to fall.

    Areas which took a hit last week, including Shrewsbury, Ironbridge and Bewdley, have been coping relatively well since Monday, with defences in the latter pair so far holding firm despite being compromised a little under a week ago.

    The Severn is set to peak in Worcester later and it's yet unclear how the water there will affect the city. Perhaps not at all.

    But the Environment Agency reminds us that flood warnings remain in place along the Severn and water levels are high, even though they are going the right way.

  3. Water gauge shows steady river level in Worcester

    River levels around the West Midlands have been falling today, and just about reaching a constant in Worcester where we're expecting a peak of the Severn later.

    At midday, the reading at the Diglis river gauge was 4.72m, with the latest reading at 4.71m.

    More rain is forecast, though, as we've been telling you through the day.

    Diglis gauge
  4. Crafts centre reopens

    The Antiques Arts and Crafts Centre in Ironbridge, which has been closed for nearly two weeks, has been able to reopen today, but it's still dealing with the effects of the flooding.

    Co-owner Nigel Byard said it's now "80% back to normal" and selling off flood-damaged stock at cut prices, but the riverside tearoom was still closed.

    Antiques centre

    Mr Byard said it would be about a week before the tearoom could reopen.

  5. Your photos: Flooding in Worcester

    Here are two photos of the flooding in Worcester from the BBC Weather Watchers.

  6. Your weather forecast: A chilly night ahead with more rain

    It will be a clear and dry night which will feel chilly with lows of -1C (30F).


    Tomorrow, bands of rain will spread in from the southwest through the morning and into the afternoon.

    You can find a detailed forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

  7. Council asks PM for more funding

    Herefordshire Council has written to the prime minister to ask for more money to deal with the effects of flooding.

    The authority has estimated the cost of repairs at about £10m, and that more than 400 homes and 100 businesses in the county have been affected by the recent storms.

    Herefordshire Council

    The letter asks for a three-month extension to the Bellwin scheme, which offers money to help local authorities meet the costs of tidying up.

    The correspondence also says the scope of the scheme needs to be reviewed, as it doesn't cover all infrastructure costs like severe damage to highways.

  8. Rural roads cleared

    Work has been continuing to clear mud from rural roads affected by floodwater in Herefordshire.

    Muddy Road

    An abandoned vehicle has been recovered from the C1055 between the A4112 at Kimbolton and the turning for Grantsfield, the council says, but the road remains closed to traffic.

  9. New trees to replace those destroyed in floods

    New trees will be planted to replace four large copper beeches in Hereford that were brought down in the recent storms and floods.

    Herefordshire Council says contractors will remove the felled trees from the edge of Bishop's Meadow as soon as it's safe to do so, with 14 new ones planted in their place.

    Copper Beech

    The Herefordshire Tree Forum is working with the council to choose the best varieties for the site.

    It's believed the trees may have been planted originally to mark the coronation of King George VI in 1937.

  10. National Trust night run rearranged

    Despite all the flooding and rain, the Attingham Park night run was still set to go ahead on Saturday right up until about 14:00 when high winds forced organisers to call it off.

    So it now has a new date of 21 March, with organisers hoping for better weather.

    Night Run

    Entrants are asked to bring torches and dress up in bright clothing to run through the country estate just outside Shrewsbury.

  11. Flooding extends power station site consultation

    Because of the disruption caused by flooding in Ironbridge, people have been given an extra fortnight to comment on plans to redevelop the former power station site.

    The four cooling towers were demolished on 6 December amid proposals to build up to 1,000 homes there.

    Power station site

    The site is owned by Harworth Group, which has submitted applications to both Shropshire Council and Telford and Wrekin Council, because the site borders both areas.

  12. Road closed signs may remain - even after water goes

    Road closure signs might remain on some roads even after flood levels drop, Worcestershire County Council has warned.

    The officer responsible for highways, Jon Fraser, says it's because there could be hidden damage to the road surface or drains that need unblocking, with mud and silt still in need of clearing up.

    Road closed

    Mr Fraser urged drivers to stay off those roads until signs were removed, even if it appeared the water had gone.

  13. Sports clubs offered financial support

    Sports clubs with flood-damaged pitches can apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to help with repairs.

    Damaged pitch

    The grants from Sport England's Community Asset Fund can be made available in as little as three weeks, says Herefordshire Council.

    The money can be used to restore grass pitches, mend damaged clubhouses or dredge blocked drains, the authority adds.

    For organisations where football is the main activity, applications for funding can be made through the Football Foundation via their local county Football Association.

  14. Free bus service in flood-hit towns

    There'll be free bus travel for part of the week in Ludlow and Bridgnorth this month to encourage visitors back to the towns, the council says.

    Park and ride

    Ludlow park and ride will be free every Thursday from 5 to 26 March, with the 101 Bridgnorth Town bus service free to use every Saturday this month.

    Shrewsbury's park and ride service also continues to be free to use until 14 March.

    Quote Message: We want to get the message out that Ludlow and Bridgnorth are open for business and we hope people will take advantage of this offer to visit the towns and their many businesses. from Steve Davenport Cabinet member for highways and transport, Shropshire Council
    Steve DavenportCabinet member for highways and transport, Shropshire Council
  15. Cafe reopens but business down

    BBC Midlands Today

    A Ludlow business owner hit by floods in the wake of Storm Dennis last month says she's managed to clean and reopen her cafe due to the "sheer hard work of friends and family".

    But she adds her business has suffered.

    Emma Crouch

    Emma Crouch from Csons at the Green Café said about 2ft of water had entered the premises during the recent flood.


    "Unfortunately we lost a lot of equipment," she said.

    "We missed an incredibly busy half term - we were all excited about the half term coming up - and business [is] down.

    "My heart goes out to everybody because I know that it's critical - you have critical points on the calendar that really, really push business, and that was one of them."

  16. Car park reopens

    St Julian's Friars car park has reopened in Shrewsbury, but drivers are being warned not to park in some spaces amid concern river levels will rise there later in the week.

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  17. Bridge gets daily inspections ahead of engineers' probe

    Engineers are still waiting to carry out a detailed inspection of Coalport Bridge in Shropshire, but say it is safe to use at the moment.

    Shropshire Council said it would carry out daily inspections until that time after finding "a little bit of visual damage to brickwork" last week.

    Coalport Bridge

    The narrow bridge, which crosses the River Severn and connects Telford with Broseley, already has a three-tonne weight limit and barriers to stop large vehicles crossing.

  18. Some Shropshire roads remain closed

    We told you a few minutes ago about a reopened car park. But here's a reminder that we're a long way from how things used to be before those back-to-back storms in February.

    While a lot of roads around Shropshire have reopened, there are still seven closures in Shrewsbury and another half a dozen around Bridgnorth and St Martin's.

    The Frankwell and St Julian's Friars car parks in Shrewsbury are also still closed.

    Additionally, drivers are being advised to be careful on minor roads, where water may be running off fields.

    Flooded road
  19. Multi-storey car park fully re-opens

    Another sign that Shrewsbury is returning to some kind of normal - the Raven Meadows multi-storey car park is now fully open, and can be entered from Roushill again.

    As you can see in this photo from last week, the entrance and lower levels of the car park were under water.

    Raven Meadows