Residents told to remain on flood alert after days of destruction

Residents are warned to "be prepared" for flooding as river levels remain high across the West Midlands.

Flooding in the Stourport area this week
Flooding in the Stourport area this week

Government flood warnings are still in place for areas along the River Severn in Worcestershire, and the Sow and the Penk in Staffordshire.

More than 200 flood alerts were reported across England this morning, with residents told: "Flooding is possible – be prepared."

Water levels remain high at the river gauge at Bewdley, where flood barriers were breached last week.

The warning system said: "Flooding of roads and farmland is expected to continue. We expect flooding to affect low lying land and roads adjacent to the river from Highley to Tewkesbury."

The Government's flood warning for the Severn covers low-lying areas down the river near Bridgnorth, Highley, Bewdley and Worcester, as well as further up including Ironbridge and Shrewsbury.

Revised snow warning

Meanwhile a snow warning that had been issued across much of western England for Saturday has been revised to cover a smaller area – the Met Office said that snow is not expected in Staffordshire or the Black Country, but could affect areas further to the west and south like Herefordshire and Powys.

Water levels have risen at the River Stour's Stourbridge and Swindon river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. The warnings also apply to the Rivers Sow and Penk in Staffordshire, and Worfe at Cosford.

There are amber flood alerts in place on the River Severn through Shropshire and also on the Upper Teme in the south of the county.

Upstream there are alerts on the Severn Vyrnwy confluence from Llanymynech near Oswestry down through Melverley and Pentre while across the Welsh border alerts are in place for the Upper Severn in Powys and the Vyrnwy catchment.

Last week flooding hit Shrewsbury and Ironbridge with shops and homes damaged. Flood barriers remain in place.

Forecasters say some rural communities in other parts of the country could become “cut off” due to the downpours.

Ice is predicted to begin forming in the North East and Scotland from Friday afternoon, causing “difficult driving conditions”.

See the Met Office's latest forecast here:

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