15/02/2014 Midlands Today


15/02/2014

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That's it for now we'll be back at 6pm. Stay with us on BBC One. It's

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time Good afternoon.

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As the flood waters start to drop, very strong winds and more rain

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overnight have caused problems in the region. Army trucks have been

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ferrying people across flood water in Upton on Severn. And narrow

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escapes for many motorists as Warwickshire police and West

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Midlands Ambulance Service received numerous calls of fallen trees. And

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there's one severe flood warning at Alney in Gloucester and 40 flood

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warnings in the rest of the region. In Worcester, water levels are going

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down but may rise again later. Tim Aviss has this report.

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The swollen river Severn still flowing fast through the heart of

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Worcester. Its level had dropped but overnight more heavy rain fell

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across the county. Despite this the Environment Agency believes the

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worst is over. It appears that the weather systems we have seen coming

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across the Atlantic may be starting to subside, although the there could

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be some rain later. We may see levels start to water within the

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River Severn and there could be right at the end of the tunnel. We

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have had a brief respite but it has started to rain again and river

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levels are expected to rise. Perhaps ten or 15 centimetres.

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For district nurse Liz McCauley the waters can't recede quickly enough.

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She and 11 others care for dozens of patients who can't get out of their

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homes. The flooding has made their jobs extremely difficult. Patients

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are getting their visits, they are being very, very patient with us. It

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pits the team under the members pressure, with all the transport

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issues and because they are visiting patients they are unfamiliar with.

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But the floods remain a sight to behold for many, with keen

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photographers making the most of the situation. You think, you have a

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photogenic subject but then you think of all of the unfortunate

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people who have been hurt by it. For now the Worcester Road Bridge

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remains open to traffic. Tomorrow work begins to clear up the mass of

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debris collected underneath. Tim Aviss BBC Midlands Today, Worcester.

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We have just heard that around 400 homes in Shropshire or without power

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at this lunchtime because of the storms. For the latest information

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chin into your local BBC radio station.

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A West Midlands police officer is being investigated for alleged

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misuse of his Twitter account. The force has confirmed that Inspector

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Michael Brown's Twitter account "mental health cop" has been

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suspended. The officer ran a blog alongside Twitter on mental health

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policing. In sport, Coventry and Cheltenham's

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games are off today, but Shrewsbury Town's match against Port Vale will

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go ahead. Ground staff worked long hours to make sure the game would

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survive the rain of the past week. It's another opportunity for

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Shrewsbury's caretaker manager Mike Jackson to make a claim for the job

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full`time. I have always set myself the target of being the manager by

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the time I was 40. I am 14 and in that is something I am passionate

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about and what to do. It will not be easy. You don't just drop into a job

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where everything is going great. It is up to me to prove I am not doing

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it. A look at the weather now here's

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Sara Blizzard. We will see the weather slowly

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improve through the day ten, the wind. Trees down what we do have

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quite a few heavy showers around and one or two could contain hail and

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thunder and it could be a little bit when today over the hills as well.

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Into the evening the showers start to diminish, the winced at ease of

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further as well. A daytime temperature of nine Celsius. It will

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not feel like name, because of the wind, but overnight we can call

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there. They contrast to the wet and windy weather from last night. Frost

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developing over Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. It could be a see

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tomorrow. The latest on the weather at ten past six. Goodbye.

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That's it. Good afternoon. It looks as though

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we could be heading towards a sunny Sunday, something I assure we will

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all be grateful. What a store the! In Berry head in Devon winds were in

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excess of 80 miles an hour. In Heathrow airport, they were seeing

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winds of over 60 miles an hour. These will ease through the rest of

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the day and we will have a few decent showers to encounter. You can

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see this lump across the far north and

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