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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight: With flood

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waters still rising and drains backing up, the drive to keep things

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moving across Worcestershire. More rain is on the way. It is

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appalling. We have more rain coming tomorrow and the big system on

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Friday and Saturday. There could be as many as 80 millimetres more rain

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which is what we do not want. We'll be live at the riverside for all the

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latest developments. Also this evening: Downriver in Tewkesbury `

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homes at risk as flood waters there continue to rise. I don't know

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whether we would prefer to face bombs or water, to be honest. The

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water is frightening. Our homes are now worthless, says

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villagers living within yards of the proposed high`speed railway line. We

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are really fed up because we have been waiting almost four years and

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it is the uncertainty that gets to you.

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Kitchen conversion ` rugby stars from Worcester Warriors take time

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out to help a struggling homeless charity.

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And this may have been the scene in Shropshire this morning, but it

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wasn't the only place to have seen snow. And there's plenty more to

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come later tonight. But that's just for starters. It's all happening

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tomorrow. Find out more later in the forecast.

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Good evening. The fight to keep the region's raging rivers at bay

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continues tonight ` with the threat of even higher water levels within

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the next 48 hours. Anxious communities living alongside major

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rivers such as the Severn and the Wye have been warned that further

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flooding is expected, with fire crews, council workers and

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Environment Agency staff all stretched by today's fresh deluge.

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Our reporters have been across the region today. Our first report

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tonight comes from Cath Mackie in Worcester.

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It's a nervous waiting game for people living near the River Severn

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in Worcester, as the water creeps up their flood defences. It is a

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concern. It is not one that we consider jumping ship, excuse the

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pun, but you need to be aware of it. You need to manage it and make sure

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the neighbours are OK. It has been seeping up through the concrete. It

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has wet the carpet in odd places. Water gets everywhere, doesn't it?

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More than 60 volunteers are on stand`by across Worcestershire and

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Gloucestershire with a fleet of 4x4s to help people stranded by flooding.

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Ron Hart has just returned from Somerset, where he carried out

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rescues in high floodwater. He's now in Worcester, ready for action. It

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is really to get their essential care workers, doctors, surgeons, to

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and from hospital, so when they are cut off because of floods and snow,

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we will make sure that they make it to work and back.

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Across Worcestershire, maintenance teams are at work clearing drains

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and ditches. It is basically like a big vacuum cleaner. It sucks all the

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mud, silt and water. This two`man team clocked on at 6.30 this

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morning, driving around the county removing blockages that, if left,

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could cause flooding. Go to about 95 gullies per day. Working nonstop

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since 6:30 this morning and all the way through until four. It is fair

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to say that lessons have been learned since the big flood of 2007

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when so many blocked drains and gullies added to the general

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flooding misery. And you can see now the investment that has gone in to

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try and keep those drains clear at times like this. You have got

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different technology now, so when we go to clear the drains, if there is

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something they cannot clear, it comes up on the screen in the

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vehicles and it is fed back to headquarters, who can deal with the

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blocked pipe or whatever. All eyes are looking anxiously at

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the water levels. There's no let up in the rain ` this morning a

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shocking downpour and hailstorm greeted traffic crossing the

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partially opened river bridge. Disruption is becoming the norm.

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This community is extremely resilient and extremely experienced

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in these conditions. Businesses are open as usual and we will try to

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maintain the situation as best we can.

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Every drain that's cleared across Worcestershire is now recorded and

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monitored ` but with more rain forecast,t, the hope is they're not

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fighting a losing battle. Well, Cath is at the water's edge in Worcester

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this evening. Cath, how's it looking? I have spoke

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to a man who brought his daughter here from Birmingham to show her

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what nature could do. It is a site in war star with the River Severn

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rising around us. With me is David from the Environment Agency. How

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nervous are you? We are vigilant and ready to act. We have got some high

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levels up at Ironbridge, it is now peaking and that one area we have

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the highest levels for 14 years. It will work its way down through

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Worcester by tomorrow and Thursday. The flood defences were built with a

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standard peak of 5.7 metres. Do you think we will see that? 5.5 is the

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current prediction. But we must keep a close eye on things. Do you have

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contingency plans in case the flood defences are breached? We are

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operating under a silver demand which is all of the emergency

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organisations working together. If something unexpected happens, we

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will be ready to act. In 2007, we had half a foot of rain in one day.

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This time it has been more gradual. Has that made it easier to plan? I

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think so. In 2007 it was mainly surface water. The River Severn is a

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slower reacting river. Towns and cities along the Severn are open for

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business but this is very much a waiting game. People are hoping that

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the forecast is not as bad as predicted.

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At least 45 properties in Ironbridge in Shropshire are tonight at risk of

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flooding. The River Severn is thought to be at its highest levels

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in the town for 14 years. From the birthplace of the Industrial

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Revolution, Ben Godfrey sent this report.

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Late this afternoon, reinforcements were arriving to protect the

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historic wharfage in Ironbridge. Although the swollen River Severn

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peaked here earlier, surface run`off water from surrounding hills is

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putting homes at greater risk. Tonight the Severn at Ironbridge is

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getting exceptionally high. It is standing at around six metres, the

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highest it has been in 14 years. In an unusual move, the council

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contacted 45 properties today, asking them to consider moving onto

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the first floor ` or leave until further notice. And people have been

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prevented from walking behind the flood barriers. There is one metre

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of water against this barrier. If it did go with that amount of water on

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it, it would be a bit of a disaster. They are asking people to take

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precautions. People are heeding those precautions. Coalbrookdale

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primary school says it'll close tomorrow. A few properties ` which

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we couldn't reach on foot ` have suffered minor flooding, but so far

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these barriers are working effectively. They are the most

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important thing. The Environment Agency are doing a wonderful job.

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The council. Without the flood barriers, some of the shops would be

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under. Environment Agency staff are now wearing life jackets, but they

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say it's a just precaution when the river rises significantly. Traders

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are putting on a brave face as the river rages by. Ben Godfrey, BBC

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Midlands Today, Ironbridge. Further downstream from Ironbridge

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and Worcester is Tewkesbury, in Gloucestershire, which of course

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provided one of the most enduring images of the great floods of 2007 `

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the town and its famous abbey effectively cut off. Fast`forward

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nearly seven years and residents are still facing a major challenge, with

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hundreds of sandbags handed out in the last 24 hours. Sarah Falkland

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has spent the day in Tewkesbury with worried homeowners.

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A bit choppy today with the wind we have been having. If you live in a

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situation like this, you learn to live with it and keep a general eye

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open. And make decisions based on what we can see. But what is that

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seeming muddy ocean out there? It is the flooded river Avon and the

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flooded River Severn combined. It is getting dangerously close to Abbey

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Terrace. A few doors down and this neighbour is already worrying about

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the aftermath once the waters have receded. It is like, have I really

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got to start again and do it all over again? But you do. You find

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yourself thinking, well, yes, what else am I going to do other than

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cry? We cannot afford years. There is too much water out there to add

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to it! For many of the residents along the Terrace, this afternoon is

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all about pumping what you can out of your cellar and moving your

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possessions to safety. For some, that means the cost of putting

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furniture into storage. For everyone it means that sandbags, although the

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council is running people not to be greedy. We have had had bands taking

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30 or 40 bags. `` we have had bands. We have put security in place

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to make sure it is fair for everyone. Geoffrey Clarke is putting

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his faith in his home`made flood defence system. It has kept six

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inches of water out of the house. Any water leaking through went into

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the fish pond and we popped it back over the wall. As long as the flood

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outside do not get higher than the wall, we are OK. River levels are

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set to rise and for some that means having as much faith in man`made

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forces as in divine ones. Good to have you with us here on

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Midlands Today. We have the all`important weather forecast with

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Shefali coming up later. And we'll be offering you a unique perspective

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of the floods in Shrewsbury. Find out how we got these pictures.

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Residents in a small community in north Warwickshire claim they're

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living in Britain's most blighted village ` and their homes are now

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'unsellable' thanks to the proposed High Speed Two railway line. Within

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a mile of Gilson, there are three motorways and, if plans for HS2 go

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ahead, the village will be surrounded by a major railway

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junction. The area's inside a special "Safeguarding Zone" aimed at

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protecting homeowners. But so far, the Government's only agreed to buy

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a handful of properties. Our Transport Correspondent, Peter

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Plisner, has the details. A picture postcard image in today's

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snow ` but is this Britain's most blighted village? Some people

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certainly think so. Originally affected by the construction of the

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M42 and then the M6 toll and now HS2, the controversial line passes

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right through the middle of the field over there. And that means

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it's pretty close most houses here, and as a result the majority of them

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sit within an HS2 Safeguarding Zone, where home`owners can ask the

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Government to buy them out ` so they can move. But letters from the

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Department for Transport, saying that the Government is unable to buy

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the majority of properties ` because their land is not in order to build

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or operate Phase One of HS2. It leaves homes here worthless. Local

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estate agents won't even put them on the market. You can't put a property

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on the market that you know is not going to sell. You know if you put

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it on the books, clients will ask you about HS2 and as soon as they

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know, they will not want to view the property. So you have unsellable

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stock, so you are wasting time, effort and money trying to sell a

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property you know you will not be able to sell. It's all left people

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like retired teacher, John Whitehead in a classic state of limbo and,

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like the name of his house, at his wits end. We were angry at first and

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now we are really fed up because we have been waiting almost four years

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and it is the uncertainty that gets to you. The Government has agreed to

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buy some properties. But so far only those which will be knocked down if

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the line gets built. Surveyors acting for residents in the village

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say it's all very unfair. People want to get on with their everyday

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lives. They can't plan for their future, they have their kids to

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think about, which schools do they go to, if they want to retire, where

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do they go? The whole area is simply blighted at the moment. The good

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news is that a new compensation scheme, expected to be launched in

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the summer, could provide the solution. But there are no

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guarantees. Any purchases will still be at the discretion of the

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Government. And Peter joins us now from Curzon

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Street in Birmingham, the proposed site of the city's station for HS2.

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What a nightmare for the residents, Peter, it does seem unfair? That is

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what we are seeing tonight but a lot of people went there to retire, for

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a quiet life, now they are pretty busy fighting plans for HS2 and

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trying to sell their houses. Many thought that when it was designated

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inside the safeguarding zones they had a guarantee their houses would

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be purchased, but it seems the only guarantee inside that safeguarding

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zones is that you cannot build any extensions to your houses or new

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houses, no development is allowed at all. The only people who have agreed

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to sell their property to the government are those who are so

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close that they are likely to be compulsory purchase. The local MP

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has been lobbying hard to get the government to what he says do the

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right thing, but is it the right thing, bearing in mind that these

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houses would probably be purchased with taxpayers' money? What chance

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do the residents have against the of the government? Some would say the

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president has been set ten years ago when the M6 toll was built nearby, a

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lot of properties were purchased by the government under something

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called this guestimate `` something called discretionary blight. There

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was supposed to be one for HS2 but the government has had to re`consult

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on a scheme because of court action by anti`HS2 protesters. It is

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thought that once that scheme comes into being, it could be in the

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summer of this year, that a lot of properties, those who want to be

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purchased, probably will be purchased and that will hopefully

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mean a happy ending for those who live there. Peter, thank you.

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And on this week's Sunday Politics, one of the studio guests will be

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Alison Munro, chief executive of HS2. That's all with our political

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editor Patrick Burns from 11 o'clock on BBC One.

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Police investigating the disappearance of teenage mother

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Nicola Payne failed to find anything during a search of a nature reserve.

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Officers spent six hours at grassland in the Stoke Floods area

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of Binley on Monday. The last sighting of the 18`year`old was in

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the Henley Green area of Coventry in 1991.Three people remain on police

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bail as part of the investigation. A review of children's services in

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Birmingham has found that they're improving but remain fragile. The

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City Council's children's department has faced criticism after several

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deaths, including that of two`year`old Keanu Williams, who was

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beaten to death by his mother. The Local Government Association found

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improvements in management but that it was still concerned about

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unallocated cases and the speed of intervention.

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For years now, many passageways in Birmingham city centre have remained

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hidden ` out of sight and underused. Now an Architect Masters student is

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making a case for opening them up in a bid to make the second city more

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connected. He's looking at Milan to draw inspiration. Our Arts and

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Culture reporter, Satnam Rana, has been finding out why.

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Milan and Birmingham ` two cities full of splendid and sometimes

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similar architecture. But unlike Birmingham, Milan is well known as a

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design city. Now this Masters Architect student is using Italy's

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second city as a source of inspiration to create a design kit

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for city planners here. He's presenting his findings later this

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week at Selfridge's Festival of Imagination. We have a lot of the

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ingredient here that could make Birmingham a really great design

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city. But we perhaps need to learn a couple of lessons just to maximise

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on what we already have. So, much like Milan, Birmingham has its grand

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civic squares. Here is St Philips Square. But walk around the corner

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and there are hidden passageways which Luke says be opened up. In

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Milan you do get lots of spaces like this which are widely used during

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the day because a lot of activities surround them and so they becoming

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exciting spaces. `` and so they become exciting spaces. So the pubs

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down there are using them and the offices. That's it. In Milan, you

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would have accommodation and manufacturing workshops in the

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spaces too. Luke also wants planners to reconsider a legacy of

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demolition. In Milan, buildings are often modified rather than

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destroyed. Here, disused building like the brutalist Central Library

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are set to go. But will Luke's recommendations be useful? Nick

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Corbett has been working in town planning and urban design for 20

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years and has written about Birmingham's regeneration. In

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Birmingham, we have the big city plan which proposes a streets and

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squares model. Luke's recommendations are helpful because

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we can look at more detail, I think, how Birmingham would benefit from a

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public realm strategy. To have a range of public spaces and bring

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together designers, business people and industrialists, because that is

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what the prosperity of the city is built upon. Those interactions.

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Milan may be thousands of miles away, but for Luke it's a city we

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can learn from. And as New Street Station undergoes its ?550 million

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redevelopment, Luke hopes his ideas will be used to create better links

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within the city. Satnam Rana, BBC Midlands Today, Birmingham.

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Intriguing. So what's your view? Do you agree

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with Luke? You can join the debate on how Birmingham city centre could

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be revamped on our Facebook page. Our top story tonight: With flood

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waters still rising and drains backing up in Worcester, the drive

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to keep the city moving. Also on tonight's programme, from

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goal to grill ` rugby stars helping a struggling charity by cooking

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breakfast for the homeless. A busy night of football ahead,

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including two big games in the Premier League. West Brom face the

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leaders Chelsea at the Hawthorns. Back in November, they drew 2`2 at

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Stamford Bridge, and only a controversial penalty denied Albion

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a victory. But Chelsea have the meanest defence in the Premier

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League, and head coach Pepe Mel rates them very highly indeed. My

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problem is Chelsea. My problem is their players. It is a problem for

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us. Jose Mourinho is a good coach. He is a good manager. For me, he is

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a good person. Aston Villa are hoping that Ron Vlar

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is fit to return in defence to face struggling Cardiff City. Villa are

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going for the double, having already won 2`0 when they met at Villa Park

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three months ago. But Cardiff have changed managers since then. And a

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win could lift them above West Brom in the battle to avoid relegation.

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Birmingham City, Port Vale and Cheltenham are also in action

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tonight. Full coverage on BBC local radio.

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The Worcester Warriors rugby team have come to the rescue of a charity

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who were forced to give up serving breakfast for the homeless. Players

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from the Premiership club have stepped in to cook at the centre in

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Birmingham once a week. Now they want other businesses to get

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involved. As Nick Clitheroe reports. Early morning in Birmingham and

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there's not a rugby ball in sight as the Worcester Warriors get to work.

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They may never win Masterchef, but these players are providing a vital

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community service They've banded together to buy the food and start

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every week by driving up to Digbeth to cook breakfast for the homeless.

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It is quite humbling. You come here and you see guys who are struggling

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on a day`to`day basis. For us to get down here and just help, it goes a

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long way. The SIFA Fireside Centre has been feeding the homeless two

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hot meals a day for years but all that changed after Christmas. The

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pressure on funding from rising costs such as heating bills meant

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the charity had to make a decision. It had come down to one hot meal per

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day so it had to be breakfast or lunch. They decided to keep the

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lunches, so without the Warriors there'd be no more breakfasts and

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the diners are incredibly grateful. Most of us would starve because it

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is a rough life being on the streets, believe me. I have been on

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the streets for six months. Without it I wouldn't be able to move

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forward to even think about what I need to do next, to start looking

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for work or any of those things. Without it, it would be very

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difficult. If it puts a smile on someone's face on Monday morning,

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great. It is a good experience for us. I think the more things like

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this we can do, the better, the better connected we are in the

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community. Coming in for a meal is often the first contact many people

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have with the centre. Hot showers, medical advice and help with the

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underlying causes of their homelessness follow. They feel

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marginalised, they feel like people don't care. If we can get people in

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here and start to massively, massively improve the situation they

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are in, the emotional thing about knowing that people do care about

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their well`being, it moves mountains. Now they're hoping other

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companies will follow the example of the Worcester Warriors and restore

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breakfast to the Fireside menu. Nick Clitheroe, BBC Midlands Today,

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Birmingham. Ever wondered what it would look

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like if you were able to fly directly over the floods ` getting a

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view like this from just above the swollen waters? Well, tonight we can

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show you, thanks to Gareth Griffiths. He's been flying his

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remote`controlled helicopter camera above the River Severn in

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Shrewsbury, and Joanne Writtle's been to meet him.

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Beyond the barriers. These remarkable pictures show Shrewsbury

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under water. A stark reminder of why the flood defences were needed here.

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It was shot by this man. Gareth Griffiths, wearing video goggles so

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he can see what he's filming, sent his quadcopter, with a camera

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attached, above the River Severn. Shrews brewery floods all of the

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time but it is very rare that you see a viewpoint like this. `` shrews

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Berry. It is good that it is not giving you a full picture of what is

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going on. This dust flies up and you can control it and move it around

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and get the picture you want to see really. Gareth's camera is now

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heading upstream past the Theatre Severn on the right, which is safe

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behind the flood barriers. Ahead, motorists make their way across the

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Welsh Bridge. This is Frank well foot bridge leading over the swollen

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River Severn from the centre of shrews break to the other side. The

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other side of town. And from the air it looks like this. A mass of water

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engulfing the area. Gareth does this as a hobby. He's actually a web

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designer. But today he was attracting attention from those here

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to see the floods. I thought it was like something out of Star Trek with

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the headgear on and the remote control in his hand. From the

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footbridge it was easy to see that no`one would be able to buy a

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parking ticket here. And the only way to see this sign welcoming you

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to this town is from above. Shrewsbury coping with the forces of

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nature, and being filmed by something hi`tech and entirely man

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made. Those are terrific pictures. Thank

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you to Gareth for sharing them with us.

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And you can watch Gareth's film of the floods in Shrewsbury on the

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Midlands Today Facebook page. And our Environment Correspondent

:24:11.:24:12.

David Gregory`Kumar has been looking at flooding in the Midlands and

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analysing how things have changed since the Easter floods of 1998. You

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can read more and leave your own thoughts on his blog at

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bbc.co.uk/davidgregorykumar. Well, we've had it all today.

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Torrential rain, a snowstorm and sunshine. I'm very confused. What's

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next, Shefali? sunshine. I'm very

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You are probably going to be completely baffled by the end of

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tomorrow. To clarify things for you, we have more snow arriving later on

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tonight and that will be more substantial than the lot you saw

:24:43.:24:45.

this morning but it all arrive is ahead of a deep area of low

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pressure, the next low`pressure system that rattles up from the

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south`west through tomorrow and it will bring a whole host of other

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problems with it. This is what you can expect over the next 24 hours.

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We have got snow, strong winds and we have got heavy rain. Yellow

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warnings for all three of those things but particularly for the

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winds and four Shropshire, is there surely we have got amber warnings so

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that is more serious and it looks as though Shropshire will get a

:25:12.:25:15.

clobbering tomorrow. For right now we have showers affecting the

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eastern half of the region, still falling as now, but we have got a

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slight lull in proceedings in between. That goes through the

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middle part of tonight when the temperatures and the winds will drop

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and they will lead to some frost and ice problems. As you saw, we had

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lots of white patches in the region and they will produce two or three

:25:33.:25:38.

centimetres of snow. The leading edge of the next weather system will

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come into contact with the cold air and turned to snow. That estimate of

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snowfall is quite conservative and could be more than that. You will

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probably wake up to snow tomorrow morning, not just falling at higher

:25:52.:25:54.

levels, but also at lower levels and could just be about anywhere but the

:25:55.:25:58.

transition between that and the next system piling in from the West is

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going to be pretty seamless. That will all revert back to rain as the

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temperatures rise slightly because we have got a warm sector going

:26:06.:26:08.

through it in the middle part of the day. We are looking at a lot of rain

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and those strong winds, that will finally clear away to drier

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conditions by the end of the day and perhaps a spot of sunshine, taking

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temperatures up to eight or nine Celsius and gusts of around 60 mph.

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Finally, we are looking at things coming down to tomorrow night but

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still some showers and a good till all as snow in some places but this

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will set the trend for Thursday is self which is actually looking much

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camera. Just a few showers dotted about but he largely dry day and the

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driest of the week. Thank you.

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Back now to our top story tonight, and the rising river levels which

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threaten even more flooding later this week.

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Thank you. Back now to our top story Cath

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Mackie is in the heart of Worcester for us now. What's likely to happen

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in the next 48 hours, Cath? It really is a waiting game. I have

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been told by agency staff in Ironbridge have put on life jackets

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as a precaution and I have been informed that the river bridge in

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Worcester will be closing at 8pm. The best thing is to listen to the

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BBC Radio Ulster nation but with 39 flood warnings and 41 flood alerts,

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it really is a worrying time for local people across Worcestershire

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and other parts of the Midlands this evening. `` listen to the BBC local

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radio stations. Tonight's main headline from the

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BBC: More communities hit by floods ` in the Thames Valley as well as

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the West Midlands. The Prime Minister warns it'll get worse

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before it gets better. That was the Midlands Today. I'll be

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back at ten o'clock with the night's football results and the latest

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update on river levels, including a live report from Ironbridge. Have a

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good evening and we leave you with pictures of the swollen

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It was only for a second or two but I know -

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You're dragging up the past and into our house. She's my family

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