In Pictures: Floods bring misery on cusp of Christmas after a year like no other

A river burst its banks at Worcester while Ironbridge and Tewkesbury were also braced for the deluge.

Worcester racecourse was flooded as the River Severn rose (Jacob King/PA)
Worcester racecourse was flooded as the River Severn rose (Jacob King/PA)

It looked like being a soggy Christmas for some as rising floodwaters threatened to disrupt the festive period.

Tewkesbury Abbey, which has regularly been affected by flooding, was one building to be encircled by water as it prepared for the Christmas season.

The Severn was also causing concern in Ironbridge, where flood barriers were being raised to try and contain the risk at the heritage site, as well as in regular flooding spot Bewdley where barriers have also been installed.

Environment Agency personnel place flood barriers on a bank of the high River Severn, near Ironbridge
Rising water levels at Ironbridge
The flood barriers along the River Severn in Bewdley. Photo: Mark Garnier
Preparations earlier this week to but the barriers up in Bewdley
Children’s playground equipment pokes out from floodwater surrounding Tewkesbury Abbey
Flood watches are in place at Tewkesbury Abbey
Tewkesbury Cricket Club was also flooded
Flooding along footpaths in Bridgnorth
Flooding on farmland near Shrewsbury
The River Severn at Atcham near Shrewsbury
Submerged land next to the river at Atcham

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