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Live Reporting

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  1. Our floods coverage across the day

    That's it for today in terms of live updates on flooding issues in the West Midlands for Thursday.

    BBC Midlands Live will return tomorrow from 07:00.

  2. Your photos: Soggy scenes after the rain

    BBC Weather Watchers

    There's plenty of surface water around across the West Midlands from the look of the photos we're getting sent by our local BBC Weather Watchers.

    These three are from users Peter Steggles in Condover, Shropshire, Mollies Meadow in Redditch, Worcestershire and Bucko in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire:

  3. Rea Brook swollen after heavy rain

    The Rea Brook in Shropshire's continuing to swell with all the water from the rain this week pouring into it.

    Dave Throup, from the Environment Agency,says this is the situation in the village of Hook-a-Gate, near Shrewsbury, this afternoon:

    Rea Brook at Hook-a-Gate

    He added it was fast-flowing as well, and that flows of 25 tonnes-per-second had been recorded.

  4. Weekend events cancelled due to rain and flooding

    Events this weekend are being cancelled with the bad weather, and with more rain forecast over the next couple of days.

    Water pooled in car park

    Great Dawley Town Council, Shropshire, has said it won't be holding its Malinslee and Dawley Bank Day in Telford on Saturday as the car park and fields are waterlogged.

    While Wyre Forest District Council tweeted that the pop-up cafe planned for Saturday at Brinton Park, Kidderminster, won't be going ahead because of the rain.

  5. Moves to stop flood water coming up drains

    BBC Shropshire

    Parking's going to be restricted on a road next to the River Severn in Ironbridge this evening.


    Telford and Wrekin Council says it's to allow staff to clear gullies and deploy bungs at the Wharfage, to stop any flood water coming up through drains.

    The authority's not expecting flood barriers to go up on the route as the weather forecast is improving.

    Residents in houses below the level of Wharfage are going to be offered sandbags this evening from opposite the Tontine Hotel, in case they're needed.

  6. More rain on the way

    Alex Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    There's some respite on the way from the rain in the latest weather forecast for the West Midlands.

    But the wet weather is due to return tomorrow morning:

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    Video caption: Alex Hamilton

    You can get a latest forecast at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

  7. Flood gates close as River Severn rises

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Flood gates have been shut in Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire, this evening.

    The Environment Agency said the level of the River Severn was rising and it would keep monitoring it over the weekend.

    Flood gate being closed
    The closed gate
  8. Flowers given to care homes after horse race abandoned

    Flowers that would have been used for a horse racing event in Staffordshire today have been given away after flooding forced it to be abandoned.

    The flowers being delivered

    This morning, Uttoxeter Racecourse said it had had 100mm (four inches) of water in six days and couldn't go ahead with its Ladies Night.

    It tweeted that freshly cut flowers from the cancelled event were given away to local care and retirement homes.

  9. Village's flood defences activated

    The flood defences in a Worcestershire village prone to flooding are being used today as levels on the River Severn rise.

    The flood defences in Kempsey in 2018

    The Environment Agency installed the pumps in Kempsey, near Worcester, in 2012 after a 20-year campaign by villagers.

    There's a flood alert, meaning flooding is possible, covering the village after the week's heavy rain and the agency said it expected the river level to keep rising.

  10. BreakingRailway lines reopen after flooding

    BBC News Travel

    The railway lines which were blocked by flooding near Solihull have reopened this evening.

    Railway lines under water

    They have been shut southbound between Whitlocks End and Stratford-upon-Avon since this morning.

    National Rail Enquiries tweeted that they were now open, but there would still be delays and alterations to services.

  11. Roads turned into rivers

    The number of flooded roads keeps increasing with new ones being reported in Cheshire and near Shrewsbury.

    Cheshire East Council's tweeted that its latest one is Wrinehill Road, Nantwich, which it describes as extensively flooded:

    Wrinehill Road, Nantwich

    While Shrewsbury Police tweeted that they are checking rural roads for flooding and published this photo:

    Flooded road
  12. New flood warnings in West Midlands

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    After telling you the number of flood warnings had fallen in the West Midlands and Cheshire this afternoon, they've increased again.

    Footpath closure sign in Stafford

    The Environment Agency now has 10 in place with the newest ones including the River Penk, near Stafford, and the River Anker at Mancetter, Warwickshire.

    You can see a full list here and there are also nearly 20 flood alerts also still in place across the region.

    The agency's flood warnings mean flooding is expected while alerts mean flooding is possible.

  13. Flooding continues to disrupt transport

    BBC News Travel

    Large number of roads, especially in rural areas, are blocked by flooding this afternoon which is also still affecting train services near Stratford-upon-Avon.

    Road transport's replaced southbound trains with the railway lines under water between Whitlocks End, near Solihull, and Wilmcote, Warwickshire.

    While both the Environment Agency in Shropshire and West Midlands Police in the Solihull area have said many country roads have been flooded.

    Travel information firm Inrix has a number of main roads affected by flooding, including the A38 Kingsbury Road in Castle Vale, New Street in Upton-upon-Severn and Gresty Lane in Nantwich, Cheshire.

  14. Drivers warned about flooded fords

    Walcott Ford, in Drakes Broughton and Shell Ford near Droitwich are both closed due to flooding, Worcestershire County Council says.

    Shell Ford in particular has a reputation for catching people out, with a number of drivers having to be erscued in recent years.

    This was the scene in July 2014:

    People stranded at Shell Ford in 2014
  15. Rural roads flooded in Solihull area

    BBC News Travel

    Drivers using country roads in the Solihull area are being warned that some are flooded this afternoon.

    West Midlands Police said the heavy rain has flooded numerous fields.

    Police officer next to flooded field
  16. Driving conditions 'hazardous'

    Driving conditions remain hazardous in parts of the West Midlands, the Environment Agency is warning, with surface water and river flooding combining to cause problems.

    There have been several reports of people getting stranded in flood water.

    Flooded road
  17. River Severn remains high in Shrewsbury

    Flooding is affecting low lying land and roads adjacent to the River Severn from Shrewsbury to Upper Arley, the Environment Agency is warning.

    This was the scene at the Welsh Bridge in Shrewsbury a little earlier. Flood barriers remain up across the river in Frankwell.

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    Video caption: River Severn up in Shrewsbury