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Army called in as flooding disruption continues

Worcester Editorial 13th Feb, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

ABOUT a hundred troops arrived in the city this afternoon to help with the flood relief effort.

The members from the Shropshire based 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment brought a number of 4x4s with them but it is not yet clear what their exact task will be.

But with more heavy rain expected tomorrow (Friday) and the river set to rise even further above the record levels set yesterday, there are fears more homes and businesses could be flooded at the weekend.

Meanwhile engineers from Western Power Distribution (WPD), the electricity distributor for Worcester, have been closely monitoring water levels at substations in flood affected areas between Kidderminster and Upton on Severn.

The company said its staff have been working around the clock since last week to safeguard electricity supplies to thousands of customers in the area.

Dave Park-Davies,  Worcester distribution manager, said:  “The main issue that we are experiencing is a high volume of faults caused by the inclement weather and access difficulties caused by the traffic.

“Everywhere is gridlocked and no one can get across the river at the moment. Many key roads are completely blocked and getting to some of our substations is proving very difficult; it’s very challenging.”

Despite a number of city centre roads being closed, the University of Worcester confirmed classes would resume tomorrow (Friday) after they were cancelled today.

“Due to the significant flooding in Worcester, the decision was made yesterday to cancel all of today’s classes, although the University has remained open,” a University spokeswoman said.

“The University Arena and the Riverside building will remain closed on Friday, due to the restricted access caused by the ongoing closure of Hylton Road. Any teaching scheduled to take place in these buildings will be relocated to the St John’s campus. The Garage building, which is accessible from Hardwicke Close, will reopen tomorrow.
“All other University facilities, including St John’s Campus, The Hive and City Campus are operating normally and will remain open.”
To keep up-to-date with the latest transport disruption and school closures log onto www.worcestershire.gov.uk and flood warnings will be updated at www.environment-agency.gov.uk.

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