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Flood peak set to hit city on Thursday

Worcester Editorial 6th Jan, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

RIVER levels in the city are not expected to peak until Thursday following another week of heavy rain.

At 4am yesterday morning (Monday), the level at the Diglis gauge was 4.02 metres above normal and steady, but the Environment Agency is warning the River Severn will remain elevated with a likely peak of between 4.1 and 4.4 metres in the next 24 hours.

However, there could be some respite in sight, with less rain in the forecast in the coming days.

Areas surrounding the River Severn, which remains on Flood Warning in south Worcester, have now been under water for almost a fortnight including New Road Cricket Ground, Pitchcroft Racecourse and South Quay and a number of roads are closed in the county.

Hylton Road was shut for a couple of hours on Friday night as Severn Trent Water set up its pumps to remove excess flood water from the sewer system.

Paul Acton from Severn Trent Water said: “We will have engineers working 24 hours a day to monitor the pumps and river levels and we’re ready to draft in extra measures if needed.

“In extreme wet weather it may not be possible to prevent all flooding from the sewer in Hylton Road but our customers can be assured that we will do all that is possible to minimise disruption.

“We’ve worked hard to make some changes to the drainage system since last year to improve the pumping arrangements which will hopefully enable us to keep the road clear as river levels rise.”

Police are also warning people not to attempt to drive through flooded roads, no matter how shallow it may seem.

Inspector Andy Smith of West Mercia Police said: “It can be very dangerous – especially when flood waters are rising.

“At the least people are going to get wet feet and in the worst cases you can lose your life.

“Flood waters can be very deceptive and even if one driver manages to get through a stretch of flood water, it does not mean that it is safe to follow. Even four-wheel-drive vehicles are not invincible when it comes to floods.

“Drivers need to think very carefully before trying to go through flood water. Do you want to risk damaging your vehicle and possibly losing your life just for the sake of turning around and finding another route?”

To keep up to date with the latest flood warnings visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk.

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