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Summary

  1. Four flood warnings still in force and 20 lesser flood alerts
  2. Flood defences operating in Shrewsbury, Upton upon Severn and Kempsey
  3. Nurse suspends River Severn swim
  4. Drivers rescued from stranded cars
  5. Some areas see three months of rain in just a week
  6. More rain expected over weekend
  7. Updates on Friday 14 June 2019

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Rivers levels 'to stay high into weekend'

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Water levels on the River Severn and the River Vyrnwy are expected to stay high into the weekend, the Environment Agency said.

    River Severn in Coalport, Shropshire

    There are still two flood warnings on the Severn and two on the Vyrnwy in Shropshire and Worcestershire and the agency said it was expecting more rain in the next 24 hours.

    It also has nearly 20 flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible, at locations across the West Midlands.

  2. Our floods coverage across the day

    That's it for our live floods coverage through the day.

    We'll continue our live coverage of all things news, sport, travel and weather on the BBC Midlands Live page.

    If you want to get in touch with us or send us your photos of flooding near you, you can still email us.

  3. Drinkers advised to avoid river walk home

    Drinkers are being warned to stay well clear of the River Severn this weekend after a spate of deaths in recent years.

    Craig Jackson from Shropshire Fire and Rescue called for revellers to stick with friends and avoid walking home alone.

    Kirsty Walsh works as an ambassador with the West Mercia Search and Rescue team after the death of her husband Shane in 2017, following a night out with friends

    Here she is talking in 2018:

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    Video caption: Widow of river victim highlights water safety awareness
  4. Your photos: Flooded fields and rivers

    BBC Weather Watchers

    The weather forecast may be improving but there's still plenty of the wet stuff around in photos from our local BBC Weather Watchers.

    These three are from users Z70 in Stafford, Bucko in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire and Mikesnapper in Worcester:

    Stafford
    Uttoxeter
    Worcester
  5. Video: What's the weather got in store?

    Rebecca Wood

    BBC Midlands Today

    Can we expect the rain to dry up over the next few days?

    Here's the weekend forecast.

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  6. Road closed for flood pump installation

    BBC News Travel

    The installation of flood pumps will close a road in Worcester for about two hours on Saturday.

    There will be diversions in place away from Hylton Road from 07:00, said the county council.

    View more on twitter
  7. Floral display appears in river

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    The River Severn's looking high this afternoon in Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire, and has burst its banks.

    But the Environment Agency has said, so far, its flood defences are working and the town is "fully open".

    Flowers almost submerged in Upton-upon-Severn

    In the last day, it has closed flood gates on New Street and Waterside.

  8. Charity race cancelled due to flooding

    A charity inflatable obstacle race in Shewsbury - set for Sunday - is the latest event to be cancelled due to the wet weather.

    Severn Hospice said the Kapow! event, due to be at the West Midlands Showground will now be run on Saturday 3 August.

    Entrants will be refunded the entry fee if they cant make the new date.

    View more on twitter
  9. Rural areas bear brunt of floods

    It's mainly rural areas affected by flooding at the moment, with flood defences protecting the biggest towns like Shrewsbury and Upton upon Severn.

    Villages like Hook-a-Gate, near Shrewsbury, however have seen deep floods.

    Hook-a-Gate

    Elsewhere, fields have been covered as the flood-plains slow the pace of the Severn and stores some of the water heading for places such as Bewdley and Worcester.

    Flood-plain at Atcham
  10. Historical flooding in Shrewsbury

    While we've been covering the impact of the heavy rain this week in Shrewsbury, Shropshire Archives has been taking a look back at the flooding situation in past years.

    This was the scene under the railway bridges, Castle Foregate in 1946.

    Flood water
    Flooding in Shrewsbury in 1946

    Also pictured in 1946 this is a car driving through flood waters in Bridge Street, with Rowley's House and Hills Lane in the background.

    Flood water

    This image was taken in 1899 in Abbey Foregate, an area of the town always one of the worst hit, it said.

  11. Flood water engulfs ford

    Nick Jones said he encountered this scene when he approached a ford near Homer, in Shropshire.

    He added that he "bottled it" and took a five-mile detour. Smart move by the looks.

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    Video caption: Flooded ford
  12. Parts of wildlife trust HQ flooded

    Visitors to Staffordshire Wildlife Trust's headquarters are being warned that parts of it are under water.

    The site's in Wolseley, near Stafford:

    Flooded field
  13. A38 still shut by floods

    BBC News Travel

    A main road's still shut on the outskirts of Birmingham because of flooding.

    It's the A38 in Castle Vale, between Forge Lane and Midpoint Boulevard roundabout, with local firms telling travel firm Inrix that there's heavy flooding under the railway bridge.

    Several other roads are also blocked including Sandon Road, Stafford, the B4101 Balsall Street, near Knowle and Gresty Lane, Shavington, Cheshire.

    There is better news on the trains as National Rail Enquiries said services are running normally between Shrewsbury and Newtown after earlier flooding.

  14. People rescued from stranded cars

    Fire crews in Warwickshire helped rescue passengers after two cars became stuck in flood water overnight.

    It called on drivers to avoid floods after being called to help in Crofton Ford, Alcester and Pelham Lane, Great Alne, in the early hours of this morning.

    View more on twitter
  15. Flood warning lifted in Warwickshire

    A flood warning's been lifted in Warwickshire by the Environment Agency.

    It said the risk of flooding on the River Anker at Mancetter, Witherley and Atherstone's reduced.

    Swans in Worcester

    There are still three warnings in place in Shropshire, one in Worcester (pictured) and one in Coleshill, Warwickshire.

  16. Pumping out after floods

    The area around Crewgreen in Shropshire, where the rivers Severn and Vyrnwy converge, has been one of the worst affected by flooding.

    This is the scene in nearby Edgerley this morning as fields resemble lakes and pubs pump out the flood water.

    Pumping out
    Flooded field
    Flood sign
  17. Low lying road affected by flooding

    A flood alert for the Middle Tame in the West Midlands is in place with flooding likely in the area.

    Flood map

    Low lying lanes and roads adjacent to the river between Horseley Heath and Castle Vale are being affected and the Ford Brook between Walsall and Bescot.

    River levels are expected to remain high throughout the day said the Environment Agency, with drivers being advised to avoid roads in the area.

  18. Pumps, barriers and gates used to battle floods

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Flood barriers, pumps and gates - they're all being used in different places in the West Midlands today to try to minimise the impact of flooding in people's homes.

    They're mainly being deployed along the River Severn, Britain's longest river, which flows through much of Shropshire and Worcestershire.

    Barriers being used previously in Frankwell

    In Shrewsbury, the temporary barriers are up in Frankwell, holding back the water as it keeps rising.

    While the Environment Agency last night shut the flood gates on New Street in Upton upon Severn to do a similar job.

    The Kempsey pumps in use in 2014

    In the Worcestershire village of Kempsey, they Environment Agency has also been using the flood pumps, installed at a cost of £1.5m in 2012.

  19. In pictures: Nice weather for swans

    This is the scene in Worcester this morning where river levels continue to rise slowly.

    Worcester
    Worcester

    Old Vigorians, the account of former pupils of The King's School in the town, tweeted the pictures, adding "hope everyone has a brighter day than the weather forecast".