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  1. Our live coverage across the week

    Andy Giddings

    BBC News

    We'll be back with the news, sport, travel and weather from 07:00 on Monday.

  2. Drier weather forecast for the next few days

    Shefali Oza

    BBC Midlands Today

    After what's been a wet week for much of the West Midlands, a better outlook for the weekend and the start of next week:

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    Video caption: Shefali Oza

    Keep up-to-date with the weather forecast for your area at any other time by going to the BBC Weather website.

  3. Behind the scenes at floods control room

    Here's a peak behind the scenes in the control room at Evesham's fire station, where the emergency services and the Environment Agency are planning their response to the flooding... fuelled by biscuits donated by a local supermarket.

    As well as rescues, monitoring river levels and putting up flood defences, they've been talking to people in affected homes and businesses - and the police and fire service have been out to visit some of those most vulnerable.

    Control room
    Control room

    At the end of yesterday, Dave Throup from the Environment Agency tweeted "What a day!"

  4. Flood water continues to rise as darkness falls

    The River Severn is still rising in Worcester and is expected to go up by another 30cm before it peaks.


    And this is the scene in Evesham where Dave Throup from the Environment Agency prepares to give the latest update on the flooding.

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    Video caption: Firefighters rescue 100 people from cars and homes

    A fire chief in Worcestershire has said the force has had a "very busy" 24 hours.

  6. In pictures: Stratford prepares for river's peak

    The river in Stratford-upon-Avon is expected to peak at about 19:30, with flood defences set up and ready to protect the town.


    It's the first time the defences have been put up by the Environment Agency in a flood situation.

  7. Watch: Part of town 'turned into lake'

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    One of the places worst hit by flooding this week looks to be Evesham, in Worcestershire.

    This video shows an area in the town known as Waterside, which, with the River Avon swollen beyond its banks, has turned into a lake:

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    Video caption: Flooding in Evesham
  8. Homes prepare for flooding to get worse

    River levels in Worcester are forecast to carry on rising until tomorrow afternoon, with a peak similar to the floods in 2014.

    These homes have fitted their own flood gates and pumps.

    Flooded homes

    Once the river has peaked, the Environment Agency said it was expected to remain high for a number of days.

  9. 'No threat to safety' in Evesham

    There is no "immediate or expected" threat to the safety of residents in Evesham, the fire service has said.


    The needs of residents of 15 properties in the town that are at risk of flooding are being assessed, it added.


    Flood barriers are up and properties around the Greyfriars Bridge, which are at higher risk, are being monitored, the fire service says.

    Area Commander Mark Preece said: “Surface water flooding on the highways has closed more than 100 roads in Worcestershire and many in Herefordshire and is expected to remain a problem over the weekend."

  10. Roads and footpaths will remain 'dangerous'

    Although flood levels are expected to fall over the next 24 hours we're being warned that roads and footpaths will remain dangerous.

    The Environment Agency said roads would be dangerous because of mud and gravel left behind and footpaths near rivers will be slippery, even when the water has gone.


    Homes and businesses that have been flooded could be contaminated by oil, silt and sewage and the Environment Agency has advice on how to safely clean up afterwards.

  11. Flood defence lake keeps water away from homes

    This is an aerial shot of the Kidderminster flood defence scheme, which was set up to store up water and keep it away from the town.

    The Environment Agency has a flood alert in place for the town and said there was some flooding affecting farmland and the area around the River Stour.

    Flood defence
  12. Floodwater being washed into homes

    The old bridge in Clun is closed, because of the high river levels, but people have been moving the signs and vehicles are still driving over it.

    People living nearby have complained that means floodwater is being washed into their homes.

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    Video caption: The River Clun is running high around the old bridge in Clun
  13. More than 100 people rescued from cars and properties

    A fire chief in Worcestershire said has said the force has had a "very busy" 24 hours.

    Group commander George Marshall from Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said crews had rescued more than 100 people, "predominantly from cars but others from properties".

    Group commander Steve Marshall

    "We all feel a bit silly when these things happen but mistakes do happen and we fully understand that, and ultimately they're the ones that have got to pick up the bill.

    "The message from the fire service is please don't drive into floodwater, but if you do we're there to rescue you.

    "We had to over-staff our control room in order to deal with the volume of calls."

    "Surface water is now feeding into rivers which are now overflowing, and we're getting more flooding into properties."

  14. Watch: River levels keep rising

    Phil Mackie

    Midlands correspondent, BBC News

    River levels have continued to rise today in Worcestershire as residents battle through flood water.

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    Video caption: River levels keep rising in Worcestershire.

    Fire crews have rescued people trapped by flooding after nearly two inches (40mm) of rain fell.

    The Environment Agency says it could take until Sunday before all the rivers reach their peak.

  15. Watch: Park flooded by River Avon

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

    It's not just in Stratford-upon-Avon where the flooded River Avon's burst its banks.

    Parts of Myton Fields, Warwick have also been left submerged by the waterway:

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    Video caption: Flooding in Myton Fields, Warwick
  16. People reminded not to park in flooded car park

    People are being reminded not to park in Worcester's Pitchford car park.

    It looks like that should be obvious, because it's under water, but Worcester City Council isn't taking any chances and is pointing out the River Severn isn't expected to peak there until the weekend.

    Pitchford car park
    Pitchford car park
  17. 'I've got barriers and pumps, my nerves are just on edge'

    Tom Edwards

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Water has reached Waterside in Evesham, threatening nearby homes.

    One resident, who has lived here for eight years, told me this is the second time in two weeks the nearby land has flooded.


    "I've got pumps and I've got barriers, but I think that maybe more could be done to prevent the river flooding, like dredging, but I don't know if that's possible," they said.

    "I am fully defended, I've got barriers," she added, "it's just my nerves are a bit on edge today."

  18. Watch: Fladbury flooded by River Avon

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    The River Avon's causing flooding problems in Warwickshire and Worcestershire as this video from Instagram user @bosys_d3300 shows, taken in Fladbury:

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    Video caption: Flooding in Fladbury