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Live Reporting

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  1. Floods coverage on Friday

    For coverage of flooding across the West Midlands on Friday, as well as all the day's news, sport, travel and weather, follow us on the BBC Midlands Live page.

    Your local BBC radio station is also following the latest developments.You can listen live on the links below:

  2. Our live coverage across the day

    This is the end of live updates on the flooding today.

  3. Flooded restaurant may take months to reopen

    A couple who run a restaurant in Bridgnorth badly damaged in floods say it could take until the summer before it reopens.

    The River Severn peaked in the town on Tuesday, leaving a number of homes and businesses flooded. Levels are dropping, but a flood warning remains in force.

    Hamid Zare and Joanna Pokorska-Zare

    Joanna Pokorska-Zare and Hamid Zare (pictured), run the Boatyard restaurant and said they hoped this week's floods would soon be nothing but a "bad memory".

    "At this point we've just got to pick up the pieces and just keep going," Joanna said.

    "We love the place, we love Bridgnorth, we've got a fantastic community around here so we've had a great response from people willing to help.

    "That makes you think 'we've got to make things right'."

    Floods outside restaurant
    Flood damage in restaurant
  4. Flooding eases in Ironbridge as warning downgraded

    A severe flood warning for the River Severn in Ironbridge has been downgraded by the Environment Agency.

    Ironbridge this week

    It's been lowered from the worst level, meaning there's a danger to life, to being a flood warning, meaning flooding is still expected in the area.

    There are still five severe flood warnings in place in the West Midlands, two in Herefordshire around Hampton Bishop and three in Worcestershire, covering Upton upon Severn and Uckinghall.

  5. 'Worst flooding since records began'

    Herefordshire has seen the worst flooding "since records began" - more than 200 years ago, the council's chief executive said.

    Alistair Neill

    Alistair Neill said it had been a "remarkable series of days," which had left more than 300 homes flooded across Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire.

    "We think the number will grow," he added, "when we find out in due course."

    Forecast rain this week would not be as "significant in terms of pure volume," he said allowing the council to move into "recovery mode".

    "But there's more rain next week scheduled."

  6. Call for better flood defences

    Better flood defences are being called for in Ironbridge after the flooding this week.

    A severe flood warning remains in force, with the Environment Agency saying there is still a danger to life, although the water has started to recede.

    Barriers in Ironbridge this week

    The River Severn burst its banks and rose high up the temporary defences earlier this week.

    Council leader Shaun Davies wants fast investment from the government for "permanent flood barriers designed into the Wharfage and then flood barriers where there aren't any at the moment".

    Environment Secretary George Eustice has said the government was investing £2.6bn in flood defences.

  7. Improving weather forecast for Friday

    From the look of the weather forecast for the next 24 hours, while it is an improving picture in terms of rain, we're not completely out of the woods following Storm Dennis.


    Tonight, the West Midlands will see a few showers which should ease, with milder conditions and rain from the west by dawn.

    Then tomorrow should be windy, cloudy and mild through much of Friday with rain spreading in at times from the west.

    Keep up-to-date with the latest forecast for your area with the BBC Weather website.

  8. Worcester still flooded along River Severn

    Much of Worcester around the River Severn is still affected by flooding this afternoon, even as levels start to drop.

    Swans on the River Severn

    The Environment Agency still has five flood warnings covering the city and the surrounding area but said the river had reached its highest level yesterday.

    However, with more rain forecast, levels are expected to stay high.

    The city council's said night shelters will open again tonight for rough sleepers and applications for relief funding are open to residents and businesses.

    The River Severn in Worcester today
  9. River dredging solution 'ineffectual and quite harmful'

    Calls for more dredging of the River Severn to tackle flooding in Shropshire could do more harm than good, according to a council expert.

    Flooding this week in Shrewsbury

    North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson's called for the action as part of a new flood defence policy, along with more tree planting and soil management.

    But Dan Wrench, biodiversity officer for Shropshire Council, told BBC Shropshire dredging wasn't the answer.

    "In certain places, where there is particular blockages, around bridges and so forth, you need to have some dredging in those areas to ensure free-flow in those spots, but, by and large, dredging is ineffectual and quite harmful in places," he said.

  10. Forecast rain will lead to 'normal winter floods'

    Peaks on the Rivers Severn and Wye expected tomorrow will be "significantly less" than levels registered earlier this week, the Environment Agency has said.

    Flood briefing

    At a briefing held to discuss flooding issues across Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire, the Environment Agency's Dafydd Evans said the rain currently falling in Wales would flow down through Shrewsbury (and beyond to Worcestershire) and Hereford.

    Dafydd Evans

    Forecast rainfall over the next few days will lead to "normal winter floods’, not of the level of Storm Dennis, he said.

    "The rainfall total that the Met Office are telling us about are much, much lower than what we had before, so it is saturated and we will see rivers respond to what I would call 'normal winter floods'".

  11. Clean-up under way in Ironbridge

    While there are still concerns over further flooding in Ironbridge, Telford and Wrekin Council says works been under way today to clean-up where teams can.

    It tweeted photos of staff clearing up by the Museum of the Gorge and pumping water from people's homes:

    House being pumped out
    Cleaning in Ironbridge

    There's still a severe flood warning, meaning there's a danger to life, covering the River Severn at the Wharfage, Ironbridge.

  12. Floods linger in Herefordshire

    We've seen better weather in general across the West Midlands today but it's worth showing just how much water's still about after Storm Dennis.

    These two photos are from today in Herefordshire:

    A main road cuts through flooded countryside near Hereford
    Flooded countryside near Hampton Bishop in Herefordshire
  13. Bin collections resume in Ironbridge

    A sure sign that normal service is starting to return - bins have been collected in the Ironbridge Gorge today.

    Telford and Wrekin Council said Veolia UK crews managed to get to most areas but would be back for missed collections on Saturday.

    Bin lorry going through water
    Water on the road in Ironbridge
  14. Free service to collect flood-damaged items

    A free service to collect flood damaged items has been set up by Herefordshire Council.

    Residents are being asked to register for the service.

    View more on twitter
  15. Vintage bus offers free flood rides

    A vintage bus is running a free bus service in Worcestershire due to the floods.

    The bus

    Private hire firm Wyvern Omnibus usually use their 1956 double-decker vehicle for events and shows.

    But they started running it as a shuttle service in Bewdley yesterday due to the River bridge being shut.

    They said on Facebook they're continuing today until 18:00.

    Several users have praised them, with Bewdley Farm Shop saying they're "very grateful for this kind gesture" and Jane Taylor Cohen commenting "you did an amazing free service today".

  16. Your photos: Floodwaters slow to drop

    Even though the weather seems to have improved in Shropshire, there's still a lot of water sitting on land across the county.

    BBC Weather Watchers have been out snapping photos of it and of soggy animals:

    Image caption: Shrawardine
    Lydbury North
    Image caption: Lydbury North
    Image caption: Longnor
  17. Wye floods worst in 110 years

    We heard earlier in the week that levels on the River Wye in Hereford had reached record levels.

    To put it in perspective, the Environment Agency's Dave Throup shared a post featuring measurements on the Belmont gauge just outside the city.

    It showed this week's floods were more than half a metre higher than anything else seen in the last 110 years.

    He said two of the five most severe floods recorded in the area had happened in the last four months.