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Roads remain closed and warnings for drivers

There are 17 roads closed in Herefordshire this morning and one bus service won't be running.

You can get more details here.

Some roads are being reopened, but motorists are being urged to stay out of floodwater.

Worcestershire County Council tweeted this photo of a broken manhole cover on the A38 at Bromsgrove - it said it was hidden beneath the water and some people who ignored road closed signs damaged their vehicles on it.

Manhole cover
Worcestershire County Council

Water levels expected to continue rising

Water levels are expected to rise further today and will remain high for a number of days, the Environment Agency has warned.

There are flood warnings and flood alerts for most rivers in the region, with a peak expected this afternoon in most cases.

Flood map
Environment Agency

The river levels aren't expected to be quite as high as the ones we saw at the end of last month, but as you can see from this photo in Hereford this morning, they're pretty high.

The Met Office doesn't have any weather warnings for the coming days.

Hereford
BBC

Almost 100 people rescued from floodwater

Vanessa Pearce

BBC News

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service says it has now rescued a total of 97 people... and don't forget the dog.

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Flooding affecting roads around Droitwich

This is the scene at Ford Lane in Droitwich, which is impassable.

A flood alert remains in place for the nearby river Salwarpe, with flooding of roads and farmland expected today.

Ford Road
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Other areas that may be affected include Stoke Heath, Elmley Lovett and Ombersley, said the Environment Agency.

Rail services running after flood disruption

Train services are running normally this morning after severe disruption on Thursday.

Flooded tracks at Wood End
Network Rail

A "vast amount" of services were cancelled or delayed because of floods and landslides yesterday.

A tunnel between Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham flooded as well as rail lines between Birmingham and Leamington Spa, including Wood End station (pictured).

Floodwater is still affecting dozens of roads across the West Midlands.

More than 80 rescued from floodwater

Firefighters helped 35 vehicles stuck in floodwater across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Flood Water
Dave Harford / West Midlands Ambulance Service

Six properties across the two counties were also affected by flooding.

In total, Hereford and Worcester Fire Service says crews had to rescue 87 people and one dog.

More than 30 schools in Worcestershire have already said they will be closed today, with dozens of roads affected.

Dozens of roads and schools affected by flooding

More than 30 schools remain closed across Warwickshire and Worcestershire as floodwater is still affecting roads around the region.

Flood map
Environment Agency

Dozens of flood warnings are in place across the West Midlands following heavy rainfall on Thursday.

The River Avon is expected to peak at Evesham this morning at its highest levels since 2012 with the peak not expected at Stratford-upon-Avon until later.

Watch: Advice to people affected by flooding

West Midlands Ambulance has tweeted this helpful video, with some advice for people who suffer flooding.

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Flooding likely to affect rail services for some time

Andy Giddings

BBC News

Flooding on the railway lines is continuing to disrupt train services this evening and National Rail Enquiries said it's not possible to say how long this will continue.

It means delayed, cancelled or revised services on a number of routes and extra congestion at stations.

This was the scene at Wood End station between Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon a short time ago.

Flooded platform
Network Rail

The affected services include:

  • Cross Country trains between Birmingham New Street and Cheltenham Spa, and between Birmingham New Street and Bournemouth
  • Trains between Birmingham and Cardiff
  • Trains between Birmingham and Bristol
  • Trains between Birmingham International and Coventry
  • Trains between Northampton and Rugby
  • Trains between Great Malvern and Hereford
  • Trains between Birmingham and Worcester

And other services are also being affected, simply because of congestion at stations and along rail routes.

Flood map lit up by river warnings

As you can see from this West Midlands flood map from the Environment Agency, there are flood alerts or flood warnings for just about every river in our region this evening.

And the peak for most of them isn't expected until tomorrow and it means flooding of property, roads and farmland is expected.

Flood map
Environment Agency

'Numerous' cars stuck in floods, say police

Vanessa Pearce

BBC News

The A448 Kidderminster Road in Bromsgrove is now completely impassable, especially by Fox Lane.

"Numerous" vehicles have been stuck in the floodwater in the area, police say, including this one in Chaddesley Corbett.

Car partially submerged in flood at Chaddesley Corbett

River levels set to peak on Friday

Andy Giddings

BBC News

Most of the West Midlands saw heavy rain this morning, but the good news is the next few days are looking a lot drier.

Many of us will see some light showers over the next seven days, but nothing like the downpour we've seen today and the Met Office hasn't got any weather warnings for the region after today.

Lydbury North
Ken M

The bad news is more rain has to wash down the rivers from Wales and the north of England, so the Environment Agency says levels won't peak until Friday and are likely to remain high for some time.

More flood warnings likely in next 24 hours

Vanessa Pearce

BBC News

"Appalling" conditions have been seen across the West Midlands region as about one to two inches of rain has fallen today, said the Environment Agency.

Dave Throup
BBC

The rain has led to some "very serious surface water flooding", said the agency's Dave Throup.

The prospects for the next few days are "very difficult to tell as the water is running off so quickly", he added.

"Going forward the River Severn, Avon and River Teme - we're likely to be issuing more warnings as we go through the next 24 to 48 hours."

Plenty of rain to come: Met Office

Rain should eventually clear later but not before causing more flooding across the West Midlands, the Met Office is warning.

A yellow warning for rain remains in place until the end of the day.

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More than 100 schools closed by flooding

Andy Giddings

BBC News

There are now more than 100 schools closed across the West Midlands.

That includes 61 shut or about to close in Worcestershire, 27 in Warwickshire, 18 in Herefordshire and nine in Shropshire.

Flooded road
Steve Kaack

In some cases it's because the school itself is affected, but in many cases it's because of flooding on surrounding roads.

And parents are being advised to look out for more closures on Friday.

More than 60 West Midlands schools shut due to floods

Thirty six schools are now closed in Worcestershire with another 11 closed in Herefordshire due to flooding.

Across Warwickshire, 13 are now shut.

Six have also now been closed in Shropshire.

Flooding
BBC

More schools shut as flood water rises

Schools across Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire are closing today due to flooding:

In Herefordshire:

  • Luston Primary, near Leominster, is closed due to both ends of the village being impassable
  • Bredenbury Primary School, in Bromyard, will be closing at 13:00
  • Michaelchurch Escley, in Hereford, is closed
  • Stoke Prior Primary, also near Leominster, will be closed all day
  • Fairfield High School, in Peterchurch, said it hoped to open as normal again on Friday

In Worcestershire:

  • Blackminster Middle School, in Evesham, will close as soon as all children are collected
  • Broadwas Primary School, in Martley, said it was being affected by flooding on the A44 on both sides of the village
  • Eckington First School, also in Evesham, will close as soon as children are collected
  • Himbleton First School, in Pershore, is now closed
  • Honeybourne First School Academy, in Evesham, is planning to close
  • Pebworth First School said roads nearby were becoming impassable

In Warwickshire two schools are affected:

  • Acorns Primary School, in Long Compton, is fully closed
  • Brailes Primary School, in Lower Brailes, is also closed

More flood warnings and alerts expected

More flood warnings and alerts are expected across Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Shropshire as heavy rain continues, said the Environment Agency.

Flood warning map
Environment Agency

The agency's Dave Throup said there had been heavy rain, in particular over the River Teme in Shropshire and Herefordshire and the Avon catchment in Warwickshire.

"Those rivers are responding pretty quickly," he said.

"There's a lot of standing water and it's only going one way - into the river system.

"We're going to see quite a few more more alerts and warnings through the course of today and then right through the weekend as it works its way into the already full River Severn.

"The ground is - we're calling it - super-saturated, you just can't get any more water in. So even small amounts of rainfall are coming straight off and ponding on the roads."

Dozens of roads affected by flooding

Nearly 30 roads in Worcestershire have been closed due to high flood water.

The council has issued this list.

And in Herefordshire there are problems on the A4110 at Canon Pyon; the B4348 at Allensmore-Dorstone; A438 at Whitney-on-Wye; and A438 near Portway Inn.

Lyonshall flooding
Old Station

Flood water has also started to cause problems on roads further north, in Shropshire.

There are reports of disruption on both the A49 in the county and on the A456.

Flood water affecting roads across counties

Vanessa Pearce

BBC News

Flooding is affecting roads across the West Midlands.

  • The bridge over the River Avon is closed affecting traffic between Eckington and Birlingham in Worcestershire
  • The B5062 in Shropshire remains closed in both directions for emergency repairs to the retaining walls of the bridge
  • Gresy Lane, in Shavington, Crewe, is closed from Rape Lane to Gresty Lane.
  • New Street is closed in both directions between A4104 Old Street and Upper Hood Road in Worcestershire
  • Water Lane is closed between Lower Bullingham Lane and B4399 in Herefordshire.
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Flood barriers ready as counties due to be hardest hit

With river levels expected to continue rising over the next 24 hours, the Environment Agency says it is setting up flood barriers at Frankwell in Shrewsbury and Severnside North in Bewdley.

The flood gates at Upton upon Severn in Worcestershire are closed, excluding Dunn's Lane, and the Kempsey pumping station is also operational.

Flood barriers
BBC

Dave Throup from the Environment Agency says the area expected to be worst hit by flooding is now likely to be further south than first thought - meaning parts of Herefordshire and Worcestershire will be the hardest hit.

Industrial action to disrupt rail services

BBC News Travel

Planned industrial action by members of the RMT Union means London Northwestern Railway and West Midlands Railway will run a reduced service on Saturdays in November and December.

A very basic service will run on those routes.

The National Rail website warns significant disruption is expected so consider if your journey is absolutely necessary.

Unemployment in West Midlands falls

The number of people in the West Midlands who are unemployed fell slightly between July and September, new Office for National Statistics figures show.

Of people aged 16 and over, 4.1% were out of work in those three months, down 0.5% on the previous quarter.

Graph
BBC

The average unemployment rate for the UK was 3.8% in the same period and the ONS figures also show UK wage growth slowed down in that time.

Uncertainty over flooding risk

It's not clear how badly the West Midlands will be affected by flooding tomorrow, but the Environment Agency is urging people to keep an eye on its flood alerts.

The Met Office currently doesn't have a yellow warning for the region until heavy rain arrives on Thursday, but that could change, the Environment Agency warned.

Flooding in field
Ken M

It currently has flood alerts of high water levels affecting Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire.

More than 200 ambulances forced to wait outside A&E

BBC Hereford and Worcester

More than 200 ambulances had to wait for more than an hour outside Worcestershire Royal Hospital last week before patients could be admitted.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said 208 vehicles were involved.

NHS England said patients should be accepted within 15 minutes.

Ambulance sign
SATH

The hospital said despite the efforts of GPs, community staff and social care, patients were still waiting longer than it would want.

Wet weather likely to cause travel problems

A band of heavy rain could cause flooding and travel disruption in parts of Staffordshire this morning, the Met Office is warning.

Weather map
Met Office

A yellow weather warning covering parts of of the region is in place until midday.

A wider warning, covering the whole of the West Midlands, has been issued for Thursday.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Tonight will stay windy and chilly with some clear spells and lows of 1C (34F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Brexit Party will not stand in Tory seats

There'll be no Brexit Party candidates standing in Shropshire, Herefordshire or Worcestershire, in the general election, following an announcement by party leader Nigel Farage this morning.

In Warwickshire, just the one seat will be contested by the party - Warwick and Leamington.

Nigel Farage: Brexit Party will take on Labour and Remain alliance

Mr Farage said standing candidates across the country could increase the chances of another EU referendum taking place.

However, the party will still stand in seats held by other parties - seats the Tories need to win to claim a majority in Parliament.

Conservative Chairman James Cleverly said there was still a "danger" the Brexit Party could split the vote in target seats, leading to the election of MPs who could "frustrate the Brexit process".

Labour Party chairman Ian Lavery said the Brexit party was a "Thatcherite 1980s tribute act" which he said "would lead to more savage Tory attacks on working class communities".

Weather warning for rain issued

Homes and businesses could be flooded and travel disrupted by heavy rain across the West Midlands the Met Office is warning.

Weather warning
Met Office

A yellow warning for rain is in place for parts of Staffordshire until 12:00 on Tuesday.

A wider warning for Thursday covers the whole of the West Midlands.

Eleven flood warnings and many more alerts have also been issued after recent wet weather.

Fears of flooding as EA issues string of warnings

Eleven flood warnings are in place across the region with many less severe flood alerts also in place.

Flood map
Environment Agency

Levels on the River Avon at Evesham are expected to peak through the morning, said the Environment Agency.

River levels are set to remain high throughout the week, it added.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a windy day with some showers and highs of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It will be a cloudy night with some clear spells and feeling cold with lows of -1C (30F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Flood affected roads

BBC News Travel

Flooding caused by heavy rain on Thursday is still affecting roads around the region.

  • Flooding under the bridge has closed the A4123 New Birmingham Road in Tipton between Tipton Road and Birmingham Road.
  • The A531 Swan Bank road in Bowsey Wood Staffordshire is closed from Bowsey Wood Road to Newcastle Road.
  • The B4368 is closed in Diddlebury, Shropshire, between Mill Lane and Corfton Bache.
  • Green Lane in Oddingley Worcestershire is closed from Hulls Lane to Plough Lane.
  • This is the scene on Maw Lane, Maw Green in Cheshire which is closed between Maw Green and Haslington.
Maw Green
Mike Jennings
  • Gresty Lane is closed in Shavington, Crewe from Gresty Green Road to Rope Lane.
  • New Street is closed in Upton-upon-Severn in Worcestershire between Old Street and Upper Hook Road
  • Orchard Green in Wellington, Herefordshire, is affected between the A49 Marden turn off and Walkers Green.
  • Watery Lane in Lower Bullingham, Herefordshire is closed in both directions between Lower Bullingham Lane and B4399

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Any early rain and showers should clear leaving a drier afternoon with highs of 8C (46F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a chilly evening with clear periods and lows of 2C (36F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Flood warning issued as river levels rise

A flood warning has been issued for the River Dene at Walton in Warwickshire, with homes and businesses at risk of flooding.

Flood map
Environment Agency

River levels are expected to remain high until Friday with rain forecast.

Less serious weather alerts are in place across the West Midlands.

'Uncertainty' blamed by Halfords for profits fall

BBC Business News

Bicycles and car parts retailer Halfords has revealed its half-year profits fell 2.5% to £27.5m.

A Halfords store
Getty Images

The company, which has its head office in Redditch, blamed a drop in consumer confidence with customers delaying big purchases due to the current economic and political uncertainty.

The latest fall follows Halfords revealing an 18% drop in annual profits in May, to £58.8m.