County no longer in drought after record rainfall

By Rob George 11/05 Updated: 11/05 16:52

WORCESTERSHIRE is among 19 areas across the South West, Midlands and Yorkshire which are no longer in drought, according to the Environment Agency.

The organisation has lifted the drought status despite only imposing the order just over three weeks ago thanks to record rainfall across the county in the wettest April for more than 100 years.

The poor weather has increased river and reservoir levels which the Environment Agency say has reduced pressure on the environment and public water supplies in some parts of England.

Agency chiefs have also said that it's unlikely that water companies will now impose hosepipe bans in Worcestershire over the summer.

Parts of East Anglia and South East England remain in drought, with water company restrictions in place on public water use.

Despite lifting the drought order, the organisation has stressed the groundwater levels across England are still low and are unlikely to return to normal levels before the winter.

Environment Agency Chief Executive, Dr Paul Leinster, said: "Water resources across England and Wales are kept constantly under review.

"The recent record rainfall has eased pressure on water resources in some parts of England, helping levels in rivers and reservoirs to recover and providing relief to farmers, gardeners and wildlife.

Popular Stories »

1 Giles Potter misses out on X Factor dream

2 Turkey on the menu as lunch club celebrates

3 Lack of players sees football team close

4 Round Table steps in to beat thieves

5 Hundreds of homes planned for west of city

More news »

Mercian heroes will march through city

BRAVE troops who have just returned from the

Maya riding high after top attendance

A PUNCTUAL school girl from Worcester was riding

Gibraltar veterans pay respects

VETERANS took a trip down memory lane when

Hundreds aiming for success in the long run

HUNDREDS of runners are limbering up to take

Regional news »


Stratford Observer
Ex magistrate blames mechanical fault for Stratford coffee shop crash

A FORMER Warwickshire Magistrate whose car ploughed into a town ...

Bromsgrove Standard
Frankie and Bennys in Rubery is robbed at knifepoint

A WOMAN was punched and threatened with a knife by ...

Redditch Standard
£50,000 worth of fish taken from Redditch reservoir

MORE than £50,000 worth of fish were stolen after thieves ...

Evesham Observer
Family fun day to support good causes

THE PAIN of seeing a loved one's life significantly change ...

Business Directory »

See your advert here »