LiveFlooding: Day 15. Hylton Road, Worcester, reopens

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  • Flood warnings are still in place on the river Severn, but there is no heavy rain forecast for the next seven days.
  • This should allow levels that have already peaked to recede in a day or two.
  • Join this live report using Twitter #rainWN, add a comment on the end of this story or text 80360 WN News.


That's it for today.

Back tomorrow, when Severn in Worcester is expected to peak and all this flooding might at last start receding.


Local round-up

Flood warnings are in force at Holt Fleet, Bevere, north Worcester, south Worcester, Callow End and Court Meadow, Kempsey, East Waterside at Upton, Hanley Road at Upton, Rectory Road, Upton, Clifton and Severn Stroke.

At Worcester the peak will be tomorrow afternoon at about five metres.

The river is responding to the rainfall at the weekend.

No significant rainfall is expected this week.


Reader Paul Whitehead, of Little Comberton, near Pershore:

Floods can cause a lot of problems for people, but they can also be inspirational. It was virtually dark when the starlings appeared...

Cotswold Journal: Reader picture starlings



Owen Paterson, secretary of state for the environment, visited Upton today with Harriett Baldwin, MP for West Worcestershire, to view the £4.5 million flood wall.

Mr Paterson praised the flood defences which have protected the town, said insurance arrrangements for people hit by flooding were being reviewed and offered sympathy to people from the 20 homes in Kempsey, near Worcester, which were flooded in November after a gauge which controls the pumps failed.

Cotswold Journal:





Keith the seal is spotted in the flood waters of Bewdley. Full story click here



PRETTY: Reader Gail Lewis Braznell saw the beauty in this scene looking across the Severn to Hylton Road, Worcester.

Cotswold Journal: Hylton Road flooding reader picture


ROAD OR RIVER? It's open now, but this was how reader Stacey Clark pictured Hylton Road, Worcester, during the height of the flooding there.

Cotswold Journal: Hylton Road flooding reader picture



A443 in Eardiston Closed for Repairs: Jan 2- Jan 4 

n emergency closure of the A443 in Eardiston is being undertaken to allow repairs to take place following damage caused by a burst water main.

The road will be closed from 9am on Wednesday, Jan 2, and estimated to be completed on Friday, Jan 4, depending on the extent of the damage.

The section of A443 to be closed is a short length in the centre of Eardiston so drivers will be reach the village from both directions but not go through the centre.

Through traffic is being diverted at Newnham Bridge for eastbound vehicles along A456 to Clows Top then along B4202 to Great Witley and for westbound drivers the diversion will be along B4202 from Great Witley to Clows Top then along A456 to Newnham Bridge.

Information from Worcestershire County Council


AT LAST! Traffic flows freely again as Hylton Road, St John's, Worcester, is reopened after flooding. The road has been closed for more than a week.

Cotswold Journal: Traffic flowing again after floods on Hylton Road, Worcester


Clearing the drains in Hylton Road, St John's, Worcester, which has just reopened after flooding.

Cotswold Journal: Clearing drains after flooding in Hylton Road, Worcester


Hylton Road, St John's, Worcester, has just reopened following flooding.

Cotswold Journal: Hylton Road reopens after flooding


HYLTON Road in Worcester will reopen at 3pm today after being closed for more than a week due to flooding.

The road was closed on Sunday, December 23 after finding itself under several inches of surface water following heavy rainfall in the run-up to Christmas.

Last week Severn Trent Water admitted that drains in Hylton Road simply cannot cope with the amount of rainwater that battered the county last month.


The flooded cricket pavilion at the King's School fields, Worcester. By reader Roger King.

Cotswold Journal: flooded pavilion worcester


Flooding scene by reader Paul Whitehead

Cotswold Journal: reader picture flooding


Another reader picture. This one is of a sunset at Pitchcroft, Worcester, by Tom Hunt.

Cotswold Journal: reader picture pitchcroft



Throughout today I'll be uploading some pictures of the flooding taken by our readers. Here's the first. It's the winning post at Pitchcroft, Worcester, and it was taken by Will Edwards.

Cotswold Journal: reader pic pitchcroft


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Local round-up

WORCESTER is braced for more flooding as river levels continue to rise following heavy rain.

The Severn at Worcester is expected to peak tomorrow at about 5.1 metres following downpours in Wales, where there was up to two inches of rain on Monday.

But there is better news on the horizon, with a period of brighter, drier weather expected to see waters gradually subside later this week.

Dave Throup, Environment Agency manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, said river levels in Worcester could go up a further four to six inches over the next 24 hours, reaching similar levels to those seen over Christmas.

He said: “If properties flooded at Christmas there is a risk they will flood again because levels will rise slightly, but there was only a handful that did flood.”

River levels rose to 5.2 metres at Worcester over Christmas, the highest level recorded since 2008.

In Bewdley water levels could rise by up to half-a-metre. The high water levels in the town caused yesterday’s annual duck race to be cancelled.





The following roads across Worcestershire are currently closed:

B4088 Eckington Bridge - remains closed 31/12/12

B4211 Hanley Road, Upton - remains closed 31/12/12

U40214 Holt Fleet Lane, Ombersley - NEW UPDATE 28/12/12 - ROAD CLOSED

U23422 Houndsfield Lane, Wythall - closed until the New Year

A443 Hylton Road, Worcester - remains closed 31/12/12

C2153 Old Burcot Lane, Bromsgrove- NEW UPDATE - ROAD OPEN 31/12/12

C2141 Owlhill Lane, Doverdale, Ombersley - remains closed 31/12/12

U20553 Woodbury Lane, Norton - remains closed 31/12/12

C2099 New Street, Upton - remains closed 31/12/12

Worcester City Riverside (Cleeve Walk) - closed until after Chistmas period, due to silt levels.

C2263 between Ab Lench and Rous Lench - NEW UPDATE 28/12/12 - Road closed due to damage to road surface.

Information from Worcestershire County Council


The following bus services are currently disrupted

15 (Kidderminster – Bewdley – Stourport): This service is currently omitting Stourport Road in Bewdley due to the flood barriers being up at Beale's Corner. The service is therefore diverting via the A456 Bypass and Kidderminster Road to the town centre, and vice versa.

42 / 43 (Malvern – Upton): These services are currently operating to its Standard Flood Timetable due to flooding at Hanley Road in Upton.

362 (Worcester – Kempsey – Upton): This service is currently operating to its Standard Flood Timetable due to flooding at Hanley Road in Upton.

363 (Worcester – Callow End – Upton): This service is currently operating to its Standard Flood Timetable due to flooding at Hanley Road in Upton. Hanley Castle is therefore being omitted.

564 / 565 (Village Hopper service): Due to emergency road works at Rous Lench, this service is diverting between Radford and Lenchwick. Rous Lench and Church Lench are consequently being omitted and the service will operate with delays due to the diversion route. (NEW UPDATE)

758 (Worcester – Hallow – Great Witley – Tenbury): This service is diverting via Henwick Road instead of Hylton Road in Worcester due to flooding. The service will additionally be diverted between 2nd – 4th January 2013 between Newnham Bridge and Stockton (omitting Eastham, Lindridge, Eardiston and part of Stockton) due to an emergency road closure following repairs to a burst water main.

760 (Tenbury – Stourport – Kidderminster): The service will be diverted between 2nd – 4th January 2013 between Newnham Bridge and Stockton (omitting Eastham, Menithwood, Lindridge, Eardiston and part of Stockton) due to an emergency road closure following repairs to a burst water main.

Information from Worcestershire County Council.


Click here for flood warnings/alerts in place in Worcestershire.



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