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struggled with an Australian barrage all tour. Let's hope this guy has
Good evening. 20 flood warnings are now in place and the Midlands as
swollen waters continue to rise. Flood barriers were put up alongside
the Severn this afternoon, and the Environment Agency says several
motorists are lucky escapes after their cars were stranded in
deepwater. The waters of the Severn are
expected to peak at three and a half metres in Shrewsbury on Christmas
Day. The Environment Agency was putting up flood barriers to protect
the town today. It expects to have to do the same in Worcestershire
tomorrow. Flood warnings are in place on the Severn, the Wye and the
Avon. The ground is already saturated, and if the predicted rain
comes at the end of the week, the Environment Agency says rivers and
streams will become much more swollen and dangerous. The high
waters are closed several roads and made many others barely passable.
The moment agency says too many motorists are taking risks by
driving through deep surface water. I was talking to a lady ten minutes
ago who was telling me upstream appear she had to help pull somebody
out this morning. It seems to be happening all the time, people just
don't know what the depth is, they should not do it.
With more rain forecast, one riverside pub was preparing for the
worst in Worcester. For the local wildlife, though, the rising waters
proved more than the `` more of a fascination in the challenge.
The body of a man has been found in a river in Oxford. Police believe it
is the body of Michael Griffiths who went missing from his home in
Stechford and Birmingham. His car was found nearby. The body was found
in the River Thame near junction 88 the M 40 this morning.
Jobs are to be created by the company are WK operating out of the
Wedgwood/Royal Doulton warehouse. A toddler is recovering at home
after an operation to remove a tumour the size of a tennis ball...
Doctors were not sure whether Thomas Phillips would survive, but he is
excited to make excellent recovery. Thomas Phillips is one toddler
academic forward to two days unwrapping presents. Today on his
second birthday, his parents get their greatest gift, their son at
home on Christmas. After all we've been through, it's
fantastic. To see how Mikey is now, on his second birthday, it's
magical. Thomas became unwell in October. His
head appeared tilted. GPs at first thought it was a virus, but his
parents decided to pay privately for an MRI scan, and they bridge was
found. We never imagined. We thought it
would happen to someone else, it's not something that happens to you.
Surgeons and Birmingham Children's Hospital carried out a complex well
our operation. The tumour was wrapped around blood vessels at the
base of Thomas's skull. We believe we got all of it. There
is a few strands in other scans, we are planning to do another scan to
see whether that is just an appearance after surgery or whether
there might be a small residue. The tumour is known as Ependymoma
and affects just 30 children each year in the UK.
If you have a headache with `` if you have a child with headaches and
vomiting that goes on for more than two weeks, you should seek expert
guidance. Expats about hospital are delighted
with Thomas's progress, and he is excited to make a full recovery
after intensive course of chemotherapy.
What will the Christmas weather bring us? Here is Charlie Slater.
bring us? Here is Charlie Good news for Santa, it will not be
as windy as last night so he will not be blown around too much. In the
main it is a dry and Green Knight, temperatures around one or two
Celsius. Probably a little frost on Christmas Day, but not a bad day,
largely dry and bright. Some showers but I wouldn't pay them too much
mind. Into Boxing Day, not bad either. It looks like it'll be dry.
It will also be largely bright at times, but unfortunately it gets a
little worse come Friday. times, but unfortunately it gets
The national weather forecast is next, but from Midlands Today,
that's it, this side of Christmas. . From all of us, have a very happy
Christmas Day. Bye`bye. it from us - we are back on Boxing
Day at One o'clock. Merry Christmas.