Clean up begins as floods recede

By Tim Clarke Friday 30 November 2012 Updated: 03/12 13:18

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A MAJOR clean up of Worcester's riverside is underway as flood levels slowly begin to recede in the city.

The worst appears to be over in Worcester with levels on the River Severn now dropping after peaking at just over five metres on Wednesday afternoon.

But people are still being urged to take extra care with the clean up of silt and dirt left behind by flood water likely to take several days and freezing temperatures also creating icy conditions.

“When the water levels start to fall it’s very tempting to go rushing down to have a look, but we’re advising people to take extra care around the riverside paths for a few more days, because they will be dangerously slippy,” Councillor Roger Knight, Cabinet member for Cleaner and Greener, said.

“The paths could be particularly dangerous for cyclists, so they should stay away from silted areas. We’ve starting the clean-up operation today (Friday) but with a lot of our teams working hard to make this weekend’s Victorian Christmas Fayre a big success, it will take until Monday for the big clean-up to really kick in.”

Despite the flooding the council says it is not aware of any homes being flooded in the city.

Some of the council’s car parks were either fully or partially closed while the floods were at their peak, but Pitchcroft car park is the only one where a small number of spaces are now inaccessible.

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