Heavy rain batters county

By Gary Smee Thursday 22 November 2012 Updated: 23/11 15:17

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HOMES were flooded, drivers had to be rescued from their cars and forecasters are warning of more rain to come as parts of Worcestershire suffered their worst flooding in more than five years.

The County's fire and rescue service were called to over 20 flood related incidents on Wednesday (November 21) as torrential rain battered the county.

Firefighters were mostly needed to help motorists stranded in their vehicles or residents whose homes had flooded as more than half the average monthly rain fell in just 12 hours.

Some of the worst affected areas were in the Vale of Evesham where the deluge saw flash flooding in numerous villages including Honeybourne, Ashton-under-Hill, Broadway, Fladbury, Eckington and Bretforton.

Firefighters had to pump out more than 80,000 litres of water from the car park of Organic Farm Foods in Honeybourne to stop the business from being submerged.

Low-lying parts of Pershore including the High Street were also hit with some schools closing early.

Several flood warnings were in place on the River Avon which was expected to peak at between 3.5 metres and 3.7 metres today but with more rain forecast the worst could yet be to come.

The River Severn in Worcestershire is currently on flood alert.

Pershore-based forecaster Paul Michaelwaite, who runs the Netweather website, said people needed to keep a close eye on the forecast.

“31.8mm of rain fell on Wednesday, which is over half the average monthly rainfall in November,” he said.

“We are expecting another ten to 20mm or more today (Thursday) with some torrential bursts and squalls moving through, albeit quite quickly fortunately.

“Saturday and into Sunday is uncertain at this time - a low pressure system will push up from the southwest but how far north it will get is the biggest question mark. If it does affect the region then another spell of wet and windy weather is likely but it may just stay a little further south. Definitely one to watch though.

“Flooding wise, river levels are already very high with more rain to come today, so further flooding is likely.”

With major disruption expected to roads over the next few days Vicki Bristow from the Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia urged motorists to exercise caution.

She said: "Localised flooding still exists in places and the current forecast is predicting more of the same so our advice is to stay alert to local weather and news reports and if your area is experiencing flooding it's advisable to leave any non essential travel until any flooding has subsided."

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