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Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a morning of sunshine and blustery showers before heavier rain moves in later with highs of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

'It would be good to have a helpline that actually works'

BBC Shropshire

A woman who has helped several drivers stuck in floodwater in Shropshire said she had struggled to get in touch with Shropshire Council for help on Sunday.

Flooding in nearby Clun
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Jane Allsop lives on the B4367 between Broome and Clungunford, near Clun, and said she also managed to clear one blocked drain.

She added: "Unfortunately I haven't been able to get to the grids on three other sections of flooding to try and clear them with a spade and I've failed to get any help really from the local council.

"It would be really good to have a helpline that actually works, where we could contact Shropshire Council. It would be excellent if we could get hold of somebody."

Shropshire Council's chief executive admitted this morning to BBC Shropshire that teams had been "overwhelmed" by the weekend's flooding but vowed to help individuals more from today.

'We were overwhelmed' council admits

BBC Shropshire

Shropshire Council has defended itself over criticism it didn't give people enough information about the flooding situation in the county over the weekend.

Compared with councils in Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Telford & Wrekin, less information seemed to be shared on Shropshire Council's website or social media about road closures, evacuations and the extent of flooding - that was despite a major incident being declared and the Environment Agency saying there was a "risk to life".

Flooding in Ludlow
BBC

Callers to BBC Radio Shropshire also complained about delays in providing support on the ground, a lack of access to sandbags and no answer on the council's advertised Highways flood line.

Clive Wright, Shropshire Council's chief executive, described it as an "unprecedented weekend" with the worst flooding centred around Ludlow, Clun and Ashford Carbonel.

He said teams had faced a lot of demand for help over the past two days.

"The priorities are to first protect life, the next priority is to protect major infrastructure and then the third priority is around assisting people, but obviously things yesterday, we were overwhelmed by the first two," he told BBC Shropshire.

Drivers urged to avoid entering floods

Firefighters in Shropshire are urging drivers to avoid entering floodwater after receiving more than 300 calls during Storm Dennis, many of which were to rescue stranded motorists.

Jon Temple of Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service said there were "a lot of people stuck in their cars" after their vehicles "conked out" in the water.

He said there were also people stuck on top of their cars.

"Crews are having to risk their lives to save other people who have entered these types of waters," he said.

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Green light for government floods funding

Norman Smith

Assistant political editor

The government has announced it is activating its emergency funding scheme to help areas hit by Storm Dennis.

Ministers have agreed to allow a number of affected local councils to apply for funding under the Bellwin scheme.

The scheme allows councils to apply for 100% of the non-insurable costs they incur to deal with storm damage.

The areas approved include in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, Worcestershire and Herefordshire.

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Flood barriers put up to protect homes

Temporary flood barriers are being put in place in Romsey in Hampshire in a bid to protect up to 200 properties at risk of flooding.

The Environment Agency and fire and rescue crews have been working to put the 175m of barriers in place on Greatbridge Road as the level of the River Test continues to rise.

The agency said that even with the barrier in place,the risk of flooding remains for up to 48 hours as the surrounding ground is saturated.

Flood defences
BBC

Earlier today, similar barriers were put up in Shropshire. A major flood incident has since been declared in the area.

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Major incident declared in Shropshire

Police have declared a major incident following flooding in Shropshire.

Similar incidents in nearby Worcestershire and Herefordshire have also been announced.

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Your weather forecast: A cloudy night ahead of Storm Dennis

BBC Weather

It will be mainly cloudy this evening with some drizzle and lows of 7C (45F).

Shrewsbury
BBC Weather Watchers/Grum

It will be a very wet and windy Saturday with outbreaks of heavy rain for much of the day and gales expected.

Yellow warnings for rain and wind are in place for much of the West Midlands until midnight on Sunday.

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

Warning storm could cause rail delays and cancellations

BBC News Travel

Rail passengers are being warned there could be delays and cancellations this weekend, because of Storm Dennis.

West Midlands Trains pointed out Storm Ciara had left "some areas of land already saturated and tree branches weakened".

West Midlands Train
BBC

Last weekend Network Rail workers had to go out to clear fallen trees and other debris from the lines and also repair damaged overhead cables.

Flood barriers deployed in Hereford

Flood defences are to be put up in Hereford on the River Wye due to the forecast of heavy rain over the weekend, said the Environment Agency.

Defences are already up in Shrewsbury and Bewdley, said agency manager Mark Bowers.

Drivers are being warned of car park closures in Shrewsbury due to the flood barriers.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a generally dry day with sunny spells in the morning and some patchy drizzle this afternoon and highs of 12C (54F).

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Your weather forecast: A dry and clear night in store

BBC Weather

Any evening showers should die out leaving a dry night with clear spells and lows of 0C (32F).

Sedgley
BBC Weather Watchers/Anna L

It will be a dry morning before cloud thickens with rain moving in on Friday afternoon.

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

Hospital looking for solutions to A&E issues

The issues at Shropshire's two accident and emergency departments aren't new and the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust is looking for solutions.

And one of the key issues has been a shortage of staff at the two A&Es.

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine recommends they should have 20 consultants across the two sites, but at one point the number dropped as low as three.

The numbers have improved since then, but the hospitals have said they've struggled to attract enough staff and that it's a vicious circle because consultants don't want to come and work there, if they know they're going to be overstretched.

A&E
SATH

The solution could be the move to have just one centre of emergency medicine in the county and that forms a major part of the Future Fit review of hospital services, which got government approval last year.

The hospitals are also looking to increase the number of accident and emergency beds they have available.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a breezy day with sunny spells and showers with highs of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Weather: Stormy weather forecast to return

BBC Weather

Enjoy the sunshine while you can, because the wind and rain is forecast to return tomorrow.

The Met Office is issuing more yellow weather warnings for the area and by the weekend we'll have high winds similar to the ones we saw last weekend.

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Police make eight burglary arrests

Eight men have been arrested today in connection with a series of burglaries across Worcestershire, Shropshire and Birmingham.

West Mercia Police said the crimes involved the theft of 26 cars between 17 December and 7 February, after thieves had broken into homes to get car keys.

Police car door
BBC

The eight men are aged between 16 and 24 and are all from Worcestershire, Birmingham or the Black Country.

Flooding levels falling, but more on the way

Flooding is continuing to cause problems across the West Midlands, with a number of Environment Agency flood alerts still in place around rivers.

There is also a flood warning for the River Severn in Shrewsbury, but water levels are expected to fall over the next couple of days.

Flooding near Buildwas
BBC

The Environment Agency warned that river levels could rise again, with more stormy weather forecast at the weekend.

Cuts to youth services put on hold

Funding cuts to youth centres in Shropshire have been put on hold, to allow groups to make other arrangements.

Shropshire Council is due to withdraw £200,000, which it plans to reinvest in six youth support workers, but agreed to wait another 12 months.

Shropshire Council
BBC

The Conservative-run local authority has warned that after March next year there will be no help.

Weather: Sunshine and snow forecast

BBC Weather

Depending on where you are in the West Midlands, you could have sunshine, or snow, or a mixture of both tomorrow.

Staffordshire is the area most likely to see a snow shower, while temperatures could be as high as 7C (45F) in other parts of the region.

Temperatures tonight will be around freezing.

Lydbury North
Ken M

Flood warnings continue

River levels across the West Midlands are expected to remain high and the Environment Agency still has flood warnings in place for parts of the River Severn in Shropshire.

It also has flood alerts for the rivers Lugg, Wye, Avon, Trent and Dene, among others.

Flood
BBC

The Environment Agency also said that with the rain set to continue, it expected the flooding to remain for a number of days.

Flooded road
BBC

Your weather forecast: A cold and clear night in store

After the snow in some parts of the region, it'll be a dry night with clear spells and lows of 0C (32F).

Bromyard
BBC Weather Watchers/Mrs Baggins

A warning for snow and ice remains in place for the Staffordshire Moorlands which could cause further travel disruption to that we told you about earlier.

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

Warnings issued over snow and ice

As we've been seeing, snow in Staffordshire, Shropshire and other parts of the West Midlands is already causing some travel disruption.

The Met Office is now warning this could continue until 19:00, with a yellow warning issued for snow that also takes in parts of Warwickshire.

Snow warning
Met Office

A warning for ice is in place for parts of the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Flooding 'likely' across the region

Flood warnings have been issued for the River Vyrnwy at Maesbrook and Melverley in Shropshire and the River Weaver at Shrewbridge Lodge near Nantwich.

High river
BBC Weather Watchers/ Coldhilldip

Dozens of less serious flood alerts are also in place across the region with water likely to affect low-lying roads.

Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours, said the Environment Agency.

Storm Ciara: Hundreds still without power

About 400 properties are still without power across the West Midlands after Storm Ciara swept through the region.

Fallen Tree
Sutton Walker

Western Power Distribution said it had restored supplies to 115,000 customers in its area on Sunday with restorations still ongoing.

Flooding continues to cause problems for rail passengers on the West Coast Main Line, with no trains running north of Preston because of flooding at Carlisle.

Storm Ciara: Revised rail services

BBC News Travel

Storm Ciara is still affecting rail travel across the region due to trees falling on to the overhead power lines.

Network Rail has been assessing damage to lines and passengers are urged to check their routes before travelling.

West Midlands Railway will not operate services between Stafford and Wolverhampton and Rugely to Walsall.

A revised hourly train service will also be in place between Crewe and Stafford via Stoke-on-Trent.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will remain windy today with some showers and highs of 7C( 45F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Your weather forecast: Rain later before wind picks up

BBC Weather

Rain will move in for a time later, with strong winds picking up on Saturday.

Birmingham
BBC Weather Watchers / Sutton Walker

There's a yellow warning for wind for the whole of the West Midlands from midnight on Saturday until midnight on Sunday.

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

Storm Ciara: Rail passengers advised not to travel

Rail customers are now being advised to avoid travelling on Sunday if at all possible, said CrossCountry Trains.

It has cancelled all trains between Birmingham New Street and Cardiff Central and running an amended service between Birmingham and York, Manchester Picadilly, Reading and Bristol Temple Meads.

Due to speed restrictions services are expected to take an hour longer than usual.

Storm Ciara: Amended timetable in place for rail passengers

Rail passengers are being warned to expect travel disruption with Storm Ciara expected to bring high winds across the West Midlands.

Trampoline on the railway line
Network Rail

An amended timetable has been put in place in anticipation of speed restrictions, said Network Rail.

While the strongest winds are expected on Sunday, disruption could follow into Monday morning, it warned.

Lineside neighbours are also asked to help keep the railway free of any unexpected debris by tying down or clearing away garden furniture and trampolines, it added.

Decision to end police alliance criticised by inspector

A report, published today by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, has criticised the decision to end the alliance between the West Mercia and Warwickshire forces.

They're still in the process of agreeing a separation, after West Mercia Police complained in October 2018 that the arrangement was unfair and one-sided.

Police car
BBC

In this report, Wendy Williams, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary, said West Mercia's "decision to terminate the alliance does not appear to have been based on a well-evidenced business case, nor were the public or partners consulted beforehand".

She also said: "There is no certainty as to how it will provide these services in the future, and the costs and benefits of terminating the alliance are not yet fully known."

The split was due to take place last year, but Home Secretary Priti Patel ordered an extension until April, after the two sides couldn't agree the terms.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy day with some sunny spells and highs of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Your weather: A dry and chilly night in store

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and chilly night with some patchy fog and lows of 0C (32F).

Stourbridge
BBC Weather Watchers/Anna L

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

Agency nurse suspended following patient death

BBC Shropshire

An agency nurse has been suspended from working at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust, following the death of a patient.

Concerns were raised as to whether the appropriate observations were made and about the agency nurse involved when the patient died unexpectedly in accident and emergency on 14 December.

A&E at Sath
SATH

The nurse is suspended until an investigation into what happened has been completed.

It's one of eight serious incidents reported by the trust that month.

Apart from the unexpected death, most incidents relate to delays in diagnosis and treatment, but there was also one fall that resulted in a wrist and head injury and two incidents in maternity.

Storm Ciara: Yellow warning for strong winds

Storm Ciara is set to bring strong and possibly damaging winds across the West Midlands.

Weather map
Met Office

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the region from 18:00 on Saturday to midnight on Sunday.

Its forecast says gusts of between 80 and 100km/h (50-60mph) are likely across inland areas.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Any early mist and fog should clear leaving a dry and bright day with highs of 5C (41F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Weather: Temperatures to drop below freezing overnight

BBC Weather

It's forecast to be a cold, clear night for most of us and in some places the temperature will drop below freezing.

Temperatures tomorrow will remain cold, and further ahead there's some stormy weather expected at the weekend.

Bromyard
Postman Les

Decision on green-belt development delayed

A decision on whether to build up to 3,000 homes on green-belt land near Tong has been put back until May.

Shropshire councillors had been due to discuss the principle of developing the land, just off junction three of the M54, on 12 February.

The council said it was "in light of further recent evidence published by the Black Country authorities regarding their ability to meet their own housing and employment needs".

Tong
Google

Shropshire Council previously said the development was being considered with the needs of neighbouring authorities in mind.

But the idea appeared to be dead in December last year after those authorities failed to follow up their interest.

At that time, Shropshire Council Conservative leader Peter Nutting said the development was "very unlikely" to go ahead.

Weather: A misty and foggy start

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It's a foggy and misty start to Wednesday across the West Midlands but that should lift over the morning for a bright afternoon.

It's going to start to change though, and a yellow weather warning is already in place for high winds that are due to develop ahead of the weekend.

West Midlands weather