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Construction is about to begin on a ?4 million flood scheme
in Worcestershire, ten years after 300 homes
The money has been provided by the Government,
Environment Agency and local councils and will create
July 2007, and heavy rains caused chaos in the normally
More than 300 homes and businesses suffered severe damage,
but it was homes near the Badsey Brook that found
It almost looked like a little tidal wave coming across the field
It just came down the garden in straight in the house.
For ten years, residents in the area have been campaigning
to find a solution that would protect their homes
All these residents who flooded, and those near the ones who flooded,
They go away and they hear it's raining and they ring
A multi-million-pound flood scheme is now underway that stores water
We are going to construct a three-to-four-metre-high earth
There is going to be a control structure which is going to limit
the amount of water that flows down into the water course,
and at times of high, intense rainfall, water will store
in the storage area, rather than going down into peoples homes.
Archaeological digs on this area have proven that people lived
With a ?4 million investment in this flood defence scheme,
the Environment Agency are hoping that future generations
will continue to live here without flooding.
Joan Cummins, BBC Midlands Today, Broadway.
The body of a woman has been found after a fire in an alleyway
in Cradley Heath in the Black Country.
The police say the death is not being treated as suspicious
Coventry City football club have sacked their manager Russell Slade
after less than three months into the job.
In a brief statement, the club said that they would like to wish Russell
Slade was appointed manager in December and although under his
management the team qualified for the EFL trophy,
the club are anchored at the bottom of League One,
An investigation has begun into crowd trouble which forced
the game between Hereford FC and Didcot Town to be abandoned.
The referee abandoned the game at Didcot after Hereford supporters
became involved in scuffles with home-team players.
Two 19-year-old men from Hereford have been arrested.
After a long campaign by relatives, countless names which were left
fading from Quedgeley's War Memorial in Gloucestershire,
The century-old monument honours local men killed in the first
and second world wars, but it was showing signs of old age,
and families decided something had to be done.
A corner of Quedgely that certainly does still remember -
nearly a century after it was first built,
a ceremony's been held this weekend to rededicate the old memorial.
After years exposed to the elements, many of the names were becoming
illegible, something relatives felt shouldn't be allowed to happen.
My uncle David Morgan was a member of the 5th Battalion
of the Gloucestershire Regiment, and he died during the
He has no known grave, and, actually, his family didn't
receive confirmation of his death until five years later.
Concerned his name could disappear, Rachel wrote to the parish council,
which led to this new section of the memorial being added.
I thought, eventually these won't be legible,
and they will be...these people will be forgotten,
and I feel very strongly that they shouldn't be forgotten.
They sacrificed a lot for us and future generations.
The new plinth replicates all of the names on the original,
A busy route into Birmingham reopened today, more than three
months after a water main burst, creating a sinkhole.
Thousands of gallons of water flooded Harborne Lane,
close to the Queen Elizabeth hospital, after the main
Laurie Fisher's future as head coach at Gloucester Rugby is in doubt,
after he tweeted that it was time to "make room for someone else"
The club says it's aware of the tweet but can't comment further.
Rugby, and in the Premiership, Worcester boosted their survival
The Birmingham high-jumper Robbie Grabarz has won
a silver medal at the European indoor championships.
Grabarz cleared a season's best of 2.30m in Belgrade.
The Environment Agency still has flood alerts
We've still got a few showers in the forecast as we go
through the rest of this evening and overnight.
They will tend to peter out through the night.
There will be a few clear spells to be had as well,
and temperatures overnight will drop down to around two or three Celsius
A chilly start, then, to Monday morning, but it's actually
Yes, there will still be a few scattered showers in the forecast,
but we should see some good spells of sunshine coming through as well,
and where you get the sunshine, temperatures of around ten or 11
Through the rest of the week, there is quite a lot
Temperatures by the middle part of the week up to a high
Hello, as was the case on Saturday there was a lot of whether around
today. Showers for some, some saw the staff of postcard material, for
others it was more Christmas card material. We had pictures like that
quite widely across the Midlands and Wales as well. This weather system
has been here for a good part of the day in Wales and the North Midlands
and southern England. It is not that warm underneath that particular
front. Some winter arenas about some of the rain as it clears away to the
near continent. In the south-west we have already seen gusts of 60 miles
an hour. That could be a feature of the first part of the night and then
it gets a bit quieter. If the skies are clear, there could be a touch of
frost. On Monday across the South West watch out for a lot of surface
water and spray, perhaps 20 millimetres. It fades away with time
through the morning. Elsewhere a lot of bright weather in Scotland, but
once we get into the afternoon it is not a bad day for March. The
temperatures are pretty much where we were today between 7-11.