15/02/2014 Midlands Today


15/02/2014

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Good afternoon. As the flood waters start to drop,

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very strong winds and more rain overnight have caused further

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problems in the region. Army trucks have been ferrying people across

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flood water in Upton on Severn. And narrow escapes for many motorists as

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Warwickshire police and West Midlands ambulance service received

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numerous calls about fallen trees. And there's one severe flood warning

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at Alney in Gloucester and 40 flood warnings in the rest of the region.

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In Worcester, water levels are going down but may rise again later. Tim

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Aviss has this report. The swollen River Severn still

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flowing fast through the heart of Worcester. Its level had dropped but

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overnight more heavy rain fell across the county. The authorities

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are staying alert. It appears that the weather systems we have seen

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coming across the Atlantic may be subsiding slightly. There might be

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level is falling within the River Severn and there could be laid at

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the end of the tunnel but the work does not stop there. We must check

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the infrastructure and the barriers that we have in place to make sure

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that they are all case should anything happen in the future. We

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had a brief respite but it has just started to rain again. That means

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river levels are expected to rise, something like ten or 15 For

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

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Centimetres in the next 24 hours. She and 11 others care for dozens of

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patients who can't get out of their homes. The flooding has made their

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jobs extremely difficult. Patients are getting their visit, they are

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being very patient with us, but it puts the team under tremendous

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pressure with all of the transport issues and because they are visiting

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patients who are unfamiliar with. But the floods remain a sight to

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behold for many ` with keen photographers making the most of the

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situation. We have mixed feelings because you think, you have a

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photogenic subject here but then you think all of the unfortunate people

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

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And in other parts of the region, around 400 homes in Shropshire are

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still without power because of the storms. The rail line between

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Leamington and Banbury has been closed because of a landslip. And

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bus and rail users are being asked to check before they travel as many

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services have been delayed or cancelled.

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For the latest information listen to your BBC local 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. Onto the days football and in the

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Championship Birmingham City lost 2`1 to Huddersfield at St Andrews.

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Ollie Lee with the consolation goal deep into injury time. Blues haven't

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won at home in the league now since October.

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In League One it ended goalless in the lunchtime kick`off between

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Shrewsbury and Port Vale. Coventry's clash with Bradford was postponed

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due to a waterlogged pitch. And Wolves are now three points clear of

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third place Leyton Orient after a 2`0 win against Notts County at

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Molineux. In League Two it finished one all

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between Burton and Dagenham and Redbridge. Meanwhile, Cheltenham's

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home game with Wycombe Wanderers was postponed due to the recent bad

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weather. And in the Conference Premier,

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Barnet beat Tamworth one nil. Kidderminster lost 2`0 away at

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Lincoln City. Hereford United suffered a 7`0 thrashing at the

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hands of top of the table Luton Town. Luton got six of their goals

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in the second half. And it finished Nuneaton one, Hyde zero.

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Finally one rugby result to bring you and in the Aviva Premiership

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Worcester are still looking for that elusive win after losing to

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Northampton by 30 points to 14. A look at the weather now with Sara

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Blizzard. It has only felt very cold today

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with that strong winds that has changed direction, it is coming more

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from the North West but the good news is it is easing now and the

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showers that have been present throughout today are starting to

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diminish with the exception of one or two towards Stoke`on`Trent. The

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cold night in prospect, a contrast to the windy weather from last

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night. We will see a fast developing with Herefordshire and

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Worcestershire seeing low temperatures. A cold and frosty

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start to Sunday, it will be bright with sunshine and the wind will be

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much lighter. Daytime temperatures to model a That's it.

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Maximum of nine degrees. Sunday Politics will be discussing the

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Midlands towns vying for a stop on the controversial high speed rail

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link. That's with Patrick Burns from 11 o'clock tomorrow morning. But for

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now enjoy your Saturday night. Hello, good evening, finally some

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quieter weather on the way for the British Isles for the remainder of

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this weekend, also somewhat for the week ahead. More on that in a

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moment.

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