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Good evening. Flooding has continued to cause
major disruption across large parts of the Midlands. Flood barriers are
in place in Shrewsbury, Bewdley, and Ironbridge. In Worcester, the city
was effectively cut in two with the closure of the city centre bridge.
The River Severn there has already reached the level of the devastating
floods of 2007 and it's expected to get even higher tomorrow. Cath
Mackie reports. First light in Worcester, and the
sun rises revealing a city under water, and a city almost cut in two.
The historic bridge, a major arterial route, was closed to
traffic. In the rush hour, the city centre roads were eerily quiet. But
on the outskirts thousands of commuters were forced to find
another way in. The swans too were forced off`course as the river and
road merged into one by Gheluvelt Park. People living nearby waded
home, but at least their flood barriers were stopping the water
from getting inside. The river has been up and down. I am worried about
later in the week as it will come up again. Other than that...
The central bus station is currently closed, and buses diverted. Road
works too have been suspended. But by lunchtime, some good news ` the
bridge was partially opened to traffic. People are working around
the clock. Given the forecast and the amount of rain that is coming
down now or could come down the river, we cannot rule out the
possibility of having to close it again.
With more rain expected, the river levels will be going up and down all
week so we can expect more road closures and more disruption, and
that'll impact on the local economy. Businesses are worried if they
cannot get people into shop or eat or whatever it may be. But we have
the bridge open as soon as we could. We'll keep managing it.
Local businesses are hoping the message gets through. A job for
anybody to get through to deliver anything to us. They have not been
able to. As soon as we saw the impact yesterday, I knew it would be
a quiet day today. Hopefully, it only lasts for maybe today and
tomorrow and then we can get back to business.
Since the big flood of 2007, millions have been spent on flood
defences along the Severn, and today they held. But Worcester's
floodwaters remain a wonder to behold. I have come from Manchester
and it rains a lot there, but nothing like this. It is terrible.
Absolutely terrible. The city may have witnessed scenes
like this before, but it doesn't make it any easier.
Further downstream, flood barriers have been protecting most homes in
Upton`on`Severn. But there's still been serious disruption to many
people's lives, with bridges closed and roads impassable. More now from
Ben Sidwell. Been pulled to safety, another
victim of this winter's flood. Despite defences, overnight her home
and eventually succumbed to the rising water. It was coming in, yes.
Everything has been lifted or taken upstairs that we can. She is not
alone. One of her neighbours, who also had to be rescued, when he
moved into his house in October. It has been flooded 80 times since
Christmas, but it has not come into the houses. It has found a way in
now. `` a few times. To give you some idea of just how
bad the river is, take a look behind me. That area there were a few
things are sticking out of the water is a caravan park. From the boat, it
is easy to see the extent of the flooding all around. It is coming up
so quickly. It is getting people to a safe position as quickly as
possible. It is currently 5.4 metres above its normal level. As you can
see, it does have some weight to go to match the level in 2007. `` some
way. There is some good news, for the majority here the flood defences
are working and holding back the river. As someone else was rescued,
the worry is that with more rain forecast, they may not have seen the
worst of it yet here. Back now to Worcester and our
reporter, Liz Copper. Liz, what's the latest on the situation there?
River levels are still very high. They are expected to rise again
during the course of tomorrow. There are still some road closures and
diversions here in the city centre and there are also expected to
remain tomorrow. Business leaders are keen to point out that this is a
city very much still open for business and any disruption will be
kept to an absolute minimum. The Environment Agency, who as you
expect will be monitoring things right through the night, and they
are confident that flood defences will hold. We are confident that the
flood defences will hold and work. Were not expecting 2007 levels. But
they are manageable at the moment. `` we are not. It's not just
Worcestershire, what other parts of our region have been affected?
Tonight, across the region there are 44 flood warnings and 24 flood
alerts. In Herefordshire, the River Wye proves quite a spectacle with
some coming to watch the racing floodwaters. It was very dangerous.
Six motorists had to be rescued by firefighters. Some villagers in
Herefordshire 's `` some villages in Herefordshire are only passable in a
4x4. In Shrewsbury, drivers who left their cars near a bridge were caught
out by the raving `` the raising speed of the River Severn. The
Environment Agency `` near Brent agency say that levels are
manageable. `` the Environment Agency.
And for the all latest information on the floods and how they're
affecting the roads where you live, be sure to listen to your local
radio station for regular updates. That's all from me. We'll be back at
Breakfast from 6am tomorrow morning. The weather's next.
Well. It's an eventful week weather`wise to say the least.
Adding to our worries. We have not just got rain, but the drop in
overall temperatures is going to mean a risk of ice, frost and snow
for which there are yellow warnings. Even more serious than yellow though
is the amber warning for strong winds in the West and Southwest of
the region for Wednesday. Those will also be accompanied by heavy rain.
At the moment out there though we have largely dry conditions and
clear skies with a touch of frost and ice starting to develop as
temperatures plunge just into negative numbers for rural spots. So
that will continue for a time tomorrow morning with squally winds
and producing between ten and 20mm of rain followed by a drier,
brighter afternoon but still blustery and a top temperature of
seven Celsius. A more detailed look at the national picture is next.
I will leave you Good evening. You have my permission
to complain about too many repeats with the British weather at the
moment because yet again it looks as though our winter weather is set to
continue with a repeat of last week. Sunny spells and scattered showers
today and this is the next area of low pressure pushing in from the
west. It influences our weather for the rest of the week. More rain to
come and gales and severe gales to come. Ice is a possible risk. That
means a cumulative total perhaps or 40-70 millimetres and that is an
extra two to three inches. It will exacerbate the flooding we have
already got across England at the moment. The cloud, wind and rain is
already pushing in from the west. There will be a widespread frost.
Ice could be a problem first thing in Northern Ireland. Snow in the
hills and maybe in the North East of Scotland we could see snow at lower
levels. Rain through northern England and Wales and Somerset. Some
of that rain could be quite intense coupled with squally, gusty winds on
exposed coasts. In the east it starts off relatively dry, but it
will not be long before the wind and the rain spreads further east. Up
into the North the snow showers continue on the hills, but by the
end of the afternoon we could see wet snow even at lower levels. A
cold day. There is a potential for some snow showers at lower levels
across England and Wales on Tuesday night and into Wednesday. On
Wednesday it is this area of low pressure which is the main factor in
Wednesday's weather. More wet and windy weather. An early amber
warning has already been issued from the South West. Severe gales are
likely as we continue to see some very wet weather coming into central
and southern areas. The strongest winds follow in behind those
showers. In Scotland you are probably wondering what the