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Environment Agency scales down warnings as floods recede

The Environment Agency has lifted its remaining flood warning in Worcestershire and just two flood alerts remain in the West Midlands - both of them in Shropshire.

Flood map
Environment Agency

Those flood alerts cover the area where the Severn and Vyrnwy meet and the rivers Tern and Perry.

Hylton Road in Worcester will close for around two hours from 19:00 this evening so the flood pumps can be removed.

Dry start to Wednesday night's weather

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We should get a dry start to tonight with clear spells. Here's the full forecast, including for Thursday in the West Midlands:

Rich Davis

Keep up-to-date with the weather where you live by visiting the BBC Weather website at any other time.

Three more schools set to join academy trust

Three more schools are to join one of Shropshire's largest academy trusts.

The Marches in Oswestry already runs five schools in the county and it's now looking to take over the Shrewsbury Academy, the Grange Primary School, and Longland school in Market Drayton.

Grange School
Google

Parents can find out more about the plans at a series meetings on 24 June.

Mill's crown appeal short of target with days to go

An appeal to raise £26,000 to repair a cast iron crown at the top of an historic mill is less than halfway towards its target, with just three days to go.

The crown on Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings was originally created 122 years ago to celebrate Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee, but the ironwork is now cracked and the paint is peeling.

Crown
Historic England

Historic England, which received a grant of more than £20m from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the latest phase of the work, said it needed to find more money through its own fundraising.

It plans to use the £26,000 to take the crown to a conservation workshop and have it repaired and repainted in its original colours.

So far the appeal has received £8,458 from 165 supporters.

Charity finds microplastics in rivers

A survey of 13 UK rivers including the River Severn and the River Wye has found they all contain tiny pieces of plastic known as microplastics.

In one hour, researchers from Greenpeace found 42 pieces of plastic measuring less than 5mm were in the Severn and 10 in the Wye.

River Severn
BBC

The microplastics ranged from fragments of straws and bottles to tiny microbeads, which are now banned.

The charity is calling for the Government to introduce "bold" new plastic reduction targets and create an independent watchdog with powers to enforce them.

Wednesday's weather for the West Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Any overnight rain should soon clear away and we're set for a dry, sunny day:

Rich Davis

You can get a latest forecast for your area at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Areas of showery rain will move in this afternoon with more widespread rain expected throughout the night and lows of 12C (54F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Outgoing hospital chief has 'decided not to take up' new job

The man in charge of hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford has "decided not to take up a position" in Nottinghamshire when he leaves the role next month, a hospital trust has confirmed.

Simon Wright announced he was leaving the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust (SATH) a fortnight ago, saying he was taking up a new role leading health and social care in the East Midlands.

Simon Wright
SATH

Mr Wright's decision to leave came after months of criticism of SaTH, which was put in special measures in November due to concerns about maternity and emergency services.

SaTH's chairman Ben Reid said the trust remains on course to have alternative plans in place for when Mr Wright departs.

We understand that Simon has decided not to take up a position at Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICS and will now be taking some time to consider what to do next. I would like to again thank Simon for his contribution to SaTH in his time as chief executive and wish him well in the future. We continue to work to have interim arrangements in place by 22 July."

Ben ReidChairman of SaTH

Schools 'aren't setting out to exclude pupils'

BBC Shropshire

Shropshire Council says there isn't a link between the increase in the number of academy-run secondary schools and the increase in the number of pupil exclusions in the last couple of years.

The majority of those secondary schools are now academy-run, meaning the local authority has less say in how they are run, but the council said it had a "long standing very positive relationship" with the headteachers.

Shropshire Council
BBC

Some parents have suggested Shropshire schools are choosing to expel pupils to maintain their reputation, but Conservative councillor Ed Potter, who is responsible for children's services said he didn't think any schools were "set out to exclude people".

He added: "We are seeing young people with more and more complex needs and a combination of complex needs."

MP's council merger plans suffer blow

BBC Shropshire

The government says they would only consider a merger of Shropshire's two councils if they both submitted a proposal.

The Shrewsbury and Atcham MP, Daniel Kawczynski, had written to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, after tweeting to say he was looking for an "iron-clad business case to government for the abolition of Telford Council".

Daniel Kawczynski
BBC

Talk of a merger has been rejected by the leaders of both Shropshire Council and Telford and Wrekin Council, and the two MPs representing Telford, Mark Pritchard and Lucy Allan.

Ambulance delays due to 'annual maintenance'

BBC Radio Stoke

Ambulances carrying 20 patients had to wait more than an hour to be admitted to the Royal Stoke Hospital yesterday because of "annual maintenance" at its accident and emergency department.

Ambulance
BBC

The hospital said "processes for ambulance handover were delayed and had an impact on the number of ambulances waiting at the emergency department for a brief period yesterday".

It said improvements had been made today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it sent someone to help manage the hold-up yesterday and said it brought 205 patients to the A&E department - lower than the expected number.

Former school building on market for £1.1m

A former school in Shrewsbury, which opened in 1813, has been put up for sale for £1.1m.

The three-storey Lancasterian School stopped teaching in 1988 and was used as administrative offices for the nearby prison until the jail closed in 2013.

school site
TSR

Agents Towler Shaw Roberts, who are also managing the sale of the former Dana Prison, said the school building came with planning permission to build 19 apartments.

Number of excluded pupils rises

BBC Shropshire

The number of children permanently excluded from Shropshire schools has taken a big jump in the last two academic years.

Between 2014-15 and 2016-17 it ranged between 37 and 46 a year, but last year the figure was up to 70 and another 72 have been expelled so far this academic year.

Classroom
Getty Images

The majority of those excluded children were secondary school children, but they also included between nine and 14 primary school children in each year.

It has led to an increase in the number of pupils being taught at home, online.

Thunderstorms may bring torrential rain

Heavy rain and thunder could cause travel disruption across parts of the West Midlands later, the Met Office is warning.

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A yellow severe weather warning is in place from 18:00 today until 21:00 on Wednesday.

Weather warning map
Met Office

Thunderstorms may bring torrential rain, with anything from 15mm to 50mm expected.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a largely dry morning cloud will thicken and areas of showery rain will move in with highs of 18C (64F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Call for better social care funding

Shrewsbury MP Daniel Kawczynski has called on the government to better fund adult social care in rural counties.

The Conservative MP said Shropshire, like many other rural areas had an elderly population "growing at a disproportionate rate to the rest of the country", increasing the local council's social care costs.

Daniel Kawczynski
Parliament TV

In response, James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, said extra funding had recently been provided, while the state of social care in rural areas, would also be looked at as part of the government's wider fairer funding review.

Scam warning over council tax refund texts

People who get texts saying they're due a refund in their council tax are being warned it's a scam.

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Several councils in the West Midlands, including South Staffordshire and Shropshire Council, said they had received reports of the messages.

They said they'd never text about such a refund and would always write instead.

Nurse forced to wait on River Severn swim challenge

BBC Shropshire

River levels are being checked today to see if a Shropshire nurse can continue with her aim of swimming the length of the River Severn after it was halted due to flooding.

Melissa Compton as she started the swim
BBC

Melissa Compton, a 39-year-old intensive care worker at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, had set herself a three-week target to complete the 220-mile challenge.

Having started a week ago, she had to stop on Wednesday at Atcham because of safety issues as the heavy rain caused the river to run faster and burst its banks.

She's raising money for the charity Versus Arthritis, and has said she still aims to finish by 30 June.

Flooding likely as weather warnings issued

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are likely to cause travel disruption across parts of the West Midlands.

A severe weather warning is in force from 18:00 Tuesday to 21:00 Wednesday.

Five flood warnings and eight flood alerts are still in place.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy day with some showery rain this afternoon and highs of 20C (68F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Drinkers advised to avoid river walk home

Drinkers are being warned to stay well clear of the River Severn this weekend after a spate of deaths in recent years.

Craig Jackson from Shropshire Fire and Rescue called for revellers to stick with friends and avoid walking home alone.

Kirsty Walsh works as an ambassador with the West Mercia Search and Rescue team after the death of her husband Shane in 2017, following a night out with friends

Here she is talking in 2018:

Widow of river victim highlights water safety awareness

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Can we expect the rain to dry up over the next few days?

Here's the weekend forecast.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Charity race cancelled due to flooding

A charity inflatable obstacle race in Shewsbury - set for Sunday - is the latest event to be cancelled due to the wet weather.

Severn Hospice said the Kapow! event, due to be at the West Midlands Showground will now be run on Saturday 3 August.

Entrants will be refunded the entry fee if they cant make the new date.

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Historical flooding in Shrewsbury

While we've been covering the impact of the heavy rain this week in Shrewsbury, Shropshire Archives has been taking a look back at the flooding situation in past years.

This was the scene under the railway bridges, Castle Foregate in 1946.

Flood water
Shropshire Archives
Flooding in Shrewsbury in 1946
Shropshire Council

Also pictured in 1946 this is a car driving through flood waters in Bridge Street, with Rowley's House and Hills Lane in the background.

Flood water
Shropshire Archives

This image was taken in 1899 in Abbey Foregate, an area of the town always one of the worst hit, it said.

A38 still shut by floods

BBC News Travel

A main road's still shut on the outskirts of Birmingham because of flooding.

It's the A38 in Castle Vale, between Forge Lane and Midpoint Boulevard roundabout, with local firms telling travel firm Inrix that there's heavy flooding under the railway bridge.

Several other roads are also blocked including Sandon Road, Stafford, the B4101 Balsall Street, near Knowle and Gresty Lane, Shavington, Cheshire.

There is better news on the trains as National Rail Enquiries said services are running normally between Shrewsbury and Newtown after earlier flooding.

Pumps, barriers and gates used to battle floods

Allen Cook

BBC News

Flood barriers, pumps and gates - they're all being used in different places in the West Midlands today to try to minimise the impact of flooding in people's homes.

They're mainly being deployed along the River Severn, Britain's longest river, which flows through much of Shropshire and Worcestershire.

Barriers being used previously in Frankwell
Environment Agency

In Shrewsbury, the temporary barriers are up in Frankwell, holding back the water as it keeps rising.

While the Environment Agency last night shut the flood gates on New Street in Upton upon Severn to do a similar job.

The Kempsey pumps in use in 2014
Environment Agency

In the Worcestershire village of Kempsey, they Environment Agency has also been using the flood pumps, installed at a cost of £1.5m in 2012.

In pictures: Campsite flooded by River Severn

BBC Shropshire

This is one soggy caravan site in Shropshire.

It's the Severn House Campsite at Montford Bridge, near Shrewsbury and is just next to the River Severn which currently has a flood alert on it:

Tractor pulling caravan through standing water
Severn House Campsite
The flooded campsite
Severn House Campsite
Severn House Campsite
Severn House Campsite

Flooding shuts car park

Allen Cook

BBC News

A car park in Shrewsbury's been shut because parts of it are under water.

Shropshire Council said drivers need to find alternatives to Frankwell Main.

The car parks next to the River Severn and, as the Environment Agency's Chris Bainger tweets, there's a lot of water flowing down the river after the rain over the last week.

This is the scene at Shrewsbury's (currently submerged) weir:

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Flood alerts updated

Trains disrupted by flooding

BBC News Travel

Trains are being disrupted this morning between Birmingham International and Shrewsbury because of flooding and heavy rain.

National Rail Enquiries said disruption's expected until at least midday.

Latest update on flood warnings issued

More flood defences deployed in Shrewsbury

Another phase of flood barriers are going up at Frankwell in Shrewsbury this morning, as the level of the River Severn continues to rise.

The river is expected to peak at up to 3.8m later today, the Environment Agency said.

The car park reopened on Thursday but is closed today as river levels rise.

Flooding
Shropshire Council

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Rain will gradually ease and clear with some sunny spells later and highs of 17C (63F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

More rain on the way

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There's some respite on the way from the rain in the latest weather forecast for the West Midlands.

But the wet weather is due to return tomorrow morning:

Alex Hamilton

You can get a latest forecast at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

River Severn remains high in Shrewsbury

Flooding is affecting low lying land and roads adjacent to the River Severn from Shrewsbury to Upper Arley, the Environment Agency is warning.

This was the scene at the Welsh Bridge in Shrewsbury a little earlier. Flood barriers remain up across the river in Frankwell.

River Severn up in Shrewsbury

Two flood warnings downgraded

Two flood warnings have been removed in the West Midlands due to falling river levels.

Van on flooded road
Environment Agency

The Environment Agency's downgraded ones for Saredon Brook near Coven, Staffordshire, and Marchington Brook, near Uttoxeter.

There are still six warnings, meaning flooding is expected, in the region, in Shropshire, Warwickshire and near Solihull.

The agency's said the outlook for flooding remains unsettled as, while levels in smaller waterways are falling, larger rivers are rising still.

Drivers warned of potential car park flooding

BBC Shropshire

People parking in a car park in Shropshire today are being warned they may have to move their vehicles this evening or risk them being flooded.

Shropshire Council reopened the Frankwell site in Shrewsbury this morning, saying it expected river levels to peak at 2.7m (9ft) at the Welsh Bridge gauge today, below the level which would flood the area.

But it says the current predictions are for the river level to rise overnight and, based on that, will shut the car park tomorrow.

Tent flooded as river bursts banks

This tent was spotted partially submerged in Shrewsbury after the River Severn burst its banks in the heavy rain.

Tent in flood water
Shrewsbury Canoe Hire

Shrewsbury Canoe Hire posted the photo on Facebook and said it was seen yesterday evening in Frankwell.

It added that the tent was checked and no-one was in it or around at the time.