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Help for flood-hit households

Worcestershire County Council says flood-hit households will be eligible for up to £500 in hardship payments, as well as being given up to three months of council tax relief.

Herefordshire and Shropshire councils have offered the same, as residents and business across the region continue to count the cost of Storm Dennis.

Letters are being hand-delivered to homes in flood affected areas covered by Telford and Wrekin Council today outlining what it can offer to residents to help them get back on their feet.

A dedicated flood advice line has been set up in Worcestershire, with Herefordshire residents offered a free service to collect flood-damaged household items.

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Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a windy but dry day with highs of 11C (52F).

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a morning of sunshine and blustery showers before heavier rain moves in later with highs of 9C (48F).

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'It would be good to have a helpline that actually works'

BBC Shropshire

A woman who has helped several drivers stuck in floodwater in Shropshire said she had struggled to get in touch with Shropshire Council for help on Sunday.

Flooding in nearby Clun

Jane Allsop lives on the B4367 between Broome and Clungunford, near Clun, and said she also managed to clear one blocked drain.

She added: "Unfortunately I haven't been able to get to the grids on three other sections of flooding to try and clear them with a spade and I've failed to get any help really from the local council.

"It would be really good to have a helpline that actually works, where we could contact Shropshire Council. It would be excellent if we could get hold of somebody."

Shropshire Council's chief executive admitted this morning to BBC Shropshire that teams had been "overwhelmed" by the weekend's flooding but vowed to help individuals more from today.

'We were overwhelmed' council admits

BBC Shropshire

Shropshire Council has defended itself over criticism it didn't give people enough information about the flooding situation in the county over the weekend.

Compared with councils in Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Telford & Wrekin, less information seemed to be shared on Shropshire Council's website or social media about road closures, evacuations and the extent of flooding - that was despite a major incident being declared and the Environment Agency saying there was a "risk to life".

Flooding in Ludlow

Callers to BBC Radio Shropshire also complained about delays in providing support on the ground, a lack of access to sandbags and no answer on the council's advertised Highways flood line.

Clive Wright, Shropshire Council's chief executive, described it as an "unprecedented weekend" with the worst flooding centred around Ludlow, Clun and Ashford Carbonel.

He said teams had faced a lot of demand for help over the past two days.

"The priorities are to first protect life, the next priority is to protect major infrastructure and then the third priority is around assisting people, but obviously things yesterday, we were overwhelmed by the first two," he told BBC Shropshire.

Drivers urged to avoid entering floods

Firefighters in Shropshire are urging drivers to avoid entering floodwater after receiving more than 300 calls during Storm Dennis, many of which were to rescue stranded motorists.

Jon Temple of Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service said there were "a lot of people stuck in their cars" after their vehicles "conked out" in the water.

He said there were also people stuck on top of their cars.

"Crews are having to risk their lives to save other people who have entered these types of waters," he said.

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Teme 'above typical range'

The Teme in Ludlow was 4.35m high at 04:00 this morning above its typical range.

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Severe flood warnings for River Teme

A severe flood warning meaning there is a danger to life is in place for the River Teme at Ludlow.

The Environment Agency said the river level peaked at 5.2m on Sunday evening and it expects levels to stay high over the next couple of days.

Severe flood warnings are also in place on the river at Eardiston, Little Hereford and Ashford Carbonel, Tenbury Wells and Burford.

You can find the latest flood warnings here.

Flood warning map
Environment Agency

Floods 'worse than 2007'

In Ludlow, at least 27 properties were flooded yesterday, mainly on Temeside and Lower Corve Street.

Coronation Avenue (pictured) was also threatened.

Tony Edwards, who has lived in the town since 1963, said it was the worst flooding he'd seen and much worse than 2007.

Coronation Avenue

His daughter's house was one of about 10 flooded on Temeside.

"She was at work yesterday and one of her customers came in and said 'you'd better get back to your house'.

"She couldn't get in, because the water was halfway up the door.

"She's staying with a friend at the moment and I'm going to go down and see what the damage is like."

Green light for government floods funding

Norman Smith

Assistant political editor

The government has announced it is activating its emergency funding scheme to help areas hit by Storm Dennis.

Ministers have agreed to allow a number of affected local councils to apply for funding under the Bellwin scheme.

The scheme allows councils to apply for 100% of the non-insurable costs they incur to deal with storm damage.

The areas approved include in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, Worcestershire and Herefordshire.

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River Teme to peak tonight

There are still four severe flood warnings in England - all of them on the River Teme in north Worcestershire and south Shropshire.

The latest information from the Environment Agency suggests the river is expected to peak tonight in all four locations.

However, more rain is expected over the next 12 hours and river levels are expected to remain high over the next couple of days.

Flood barriers put up to protect homes

Temporary flood barriers are being put in place in Romsey in Hampshire in a bid to protect up to 200 properties at risk of flooding.

The Environment Agency and fire and rescue crews have been working to put the 175m of barriers in place on Greatbridge Road as the level of the River Test continues to rise.

The agency said that even with the barrier in place,the risk of flooding remains for up to 48 hours as the surrounding ground is saturated.

Flood defences

Earlier today, similar barriers were put up in Shropshire. A major flood incident has since been declared in the area.

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Ludlow area worst hit part of Shropshire

The area around Ludlow seems to be the worst affected part of Shropshire.

A severe weather warning is in place for the River Teme.

A flood warning is also in force for the River Corve in Ludlow. There is also a flood warning for the Teme at Ashford Carbonell, south of Ludlow.

The British Red Cross said it had sent teams to Shropshire to offer support to people affected.

Clunton, in Shropshire, is flooded

Major incident declared in Shropshire

Police have declared a major incident following flooding in Shropshire.

Similar incidents in nearby Worcestershire and Herefordshire have also been announced.

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'Danger to life' as River Teme rages in Ludlow

Severe flood warnings, posing a danger to life, are in place at the Teme river in Ludlow, Shropshire.

The Environment Agency said water levels are rising because of heavy rainfall, with further downpours expected.

Here is the current picture:

River Teme

Compared to September 2018:

River Teme

If you are in the area of a severe warning, this is what the agency recommends..

River Teme rages in Ludlow

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online

The River Teme in Ludlow is also badly affected.

This is the scene at Ludford Bridge, next to the Charlton Arms pub.

River Teme rages in Ludlow

Severe disruption: A49 Shropshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A49 Shropshire both ways severe disruption, between A4117 Rocks Green and Ludlow Town Football Club.

A49 Shropshire - A49 in Ludlow closed in both directions between Rocks Green Roundabout and the Ludlow Town Football Club junction, because of flooding.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Your weather forecast: A cloudy night ahead of Storm Dennis

BBC Weather

It will be mainly cloudy this evening with some drizzle and lows of 7C (45F).

BBC Weather Watchers/Grum

It will be a very wet and windy Saturday with outbreaks of heavy rain for much of the day and gales expected.

Yellow warnings for rain and wind are in place for much of the West Midlands until midnight on Sunday.

You can find a detailed forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

Warning storm could cause rail delays and cancellations

BBC News Travel

Rail passengers are being warned there could be delays and cancellations this weekend, because of Storm Dennis.

West Midlands Trains pointed out Storm Ciara had left "some areas of land already saturated and tree branches weakened".

West Midlands Train

Last weekend Network Rail workers had to go out to clear fallen trees and other debris from the lines and also repair damaged overhead cables.

Giant polar bear goes on show in climate protest

Here are some photos of climate change protesters out in Ludlow with a 10ft tall model bear.

They'd feared it might be too windy and wet for the giant paper-covered construction, but it managed to survive.

Bear protest
Bear photos

There are now plans to take the bear to a demonstration in Scotland next month.

Flood barriers deployed in Hereford

Flood defences are to be put up in Hereford on the River Wye due to the forecast of heavy rain over the weekend, said the Environment Agency.

Defences are already up in Shrewsbury and Bewdley, said agency manager Mark Bowers.

Drivers are being warned of car park closures in Shrewsbury due to the flood barriers.

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Climate change bear could be hit by approaching storm

Plans to carry a 10ft-tall model of a polar bear through Ludlow, in Shropshire today could be affected by high winds in advance of Storm Dennis.

Activists plan to take the bamboo, willow and tissue sculpture on a procession through the town to raise awareness of climate change.

Polar bear sculpture

The creator of Clarion the bear, Bamber Hawes, from Bishop's Castle, said there were hooks to attach guy ropes, but if it got really windy he would have to be carried on his back.

Later in the the year he will be carried to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a generally dry day with sunny spells in the morning and some patchy drizzle this afternoon and highs of 12C (54F).

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Your weather forecast: A dry and clear night in store

BBC Weather

Any evening showers should die out leaving a dry night with clear spells and lows of 0C (32F).

BBC Weather Watchers/Anna L

It will be a dry morning before cloud thickens with rain moving in on Friday afternoon.

You can find a detailed weather forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

Hospital looking for solutions to A&E issues

The issues at Shropshire's two accident and emergency departments aren't new and the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust is looking for solutions.

And one of the key issues has been a shortage of staff at the two A&Es.

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine recommends they should have 20 consultants across the two sites, but at one point the number dropped as low as three.

The numbers have improved since then, but the hospitals have said they've struggled to attract enough staff and that it's a vicious circle because consultants don't want to come and work there, if they know they're going to be overstretched.


The solution could be the move to have just one centre of emergency medicine in the county and that forms a major part of the Future Fit review of hospital services, which got government approval last year.

The hospitals are also looking to increase the number of accident and emergency beds they have available.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a breezy day with sunny spells and showers with highs of 9C (48F).

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Weather: Stormy weather forecast to return

BBC Weather

Enjoy the sunshine while you can, because the wind and rain is forecast to return tomorrow.

The Met Office is issuing more yellow weather warnings for the area and by the weekend we'll have high winds similar to the ones we saw last weekend.

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Police make eight burglary arrests

Eight men have been arrested today in connection with a series of burglaries across Worcestershire, Shropshire and Birmingham.

West Mercia Police said the crimes involved the theft of 26 cars between 17 December and 7 February, after thieves had broken into homes to get car keys.

Police car door

The eight men are aged between 16 and 24 and are all from Worcestershire, Birmingham or the Black Country.

Flooding levels falling, but more on the way

Flooding is continuing to cause problems across the West Midlands, with a number of Environment Agency flood alerts still in place around rivers.

There is also a flood warning for the River Severn in Shrewsbury, but water levels are expected to fall over the next couple of days.

Flooding near Buildwas

The Environment Agency warned that river levels could rise again, with more stormy weather forecast at the weekend.

Cuts to youth services put on hold

Funding cuts to youth centres in Shropshire have been put on hold, to allow groups to make other arrangements.

Shropshire Council is due to withdraw £200,000, which it plans to reinvest in six youth support workers, but agreed to wait another 12 months.

Shropshire Council

The Conservative-run local authority has warned that after March next year there will be no help.

Weather: Sunshine and snow forecast

BBC Weather

Depending on where you are in the West Midlands, you could have sunshine, or snow, or a mixture of both tomorrow.

Staffordshire is the area most likely to see a snow shower, while temperatures could be as high as 7C (45F) in other parts of the region.

Temperatures tonight will be around freezing.

Lydbury North
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Flood warnings continue

River levels across the West Midlands are expected to remain high and the Environment Agency still has flood warnings in place for parts of the River Severn in Shropshire.

It also has flood alerts for the rivers Lugg, Wye, Avon, Trent and Dene, among others.


The Environment Agency also said that with the rain set to continue, it expected the flooding to remain for a number of days.

Flooded road

Your weather forecast: A cold and clear night in store

After the snow in some parts of the region, it'll be a dry night with clear spells and lows of 0C (32F).

BBC Weather Watchers/Mrs Baggins

A warning for snow and ice remains in place for the Staffordshire Moorlands which could cause further travel disruption to that we told you about earlier.

You can find a detailed weather forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

Warnings issued over snow and ice

As we've been seeing, snow in Staffordshire, Shropshire and other parts of the West Midlands is already causing some travel disruption.

The Met Office is now warning this could continue until 19:00, with a yellow warning issued for snow that also takes in parts of Warwickshire.

Snow warning
Met Office

A warning for ice is in place for parts of the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Flooding 'likely' across the region

Flood warnings have been issued for the River Vyrnwy at Maesbrook and Melverley in Shropshire and the River Weaver at Shrewbridge Lodge near Nantwich.

High river
BBC Weather Watchers/ Coldhilldip

Dozens of less serious flood alerts are also in place across the region with water likely to affect low-lying roads.

Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours, said the Environment Agency.

Storm Ciara: Hundreds still without power

About 400 properties are still without power across the West Midlands after Storm Ciara swept through the region.

Fallen Tree
Sutton Walker

Western Power Distribution said it had restored supplies to 115,000 customers in its area on Sunday with restorations still ongoing.

Flooding continues to cause problems for rail passengers on the West Coast Main Line, with no trains running north of Preston because of flooding at Carlisle.

Storm Ciara: Revised rail services

BBC News Travel

Storm Ciara is still affecting rail travel across the region due to trees falling on to the overhead power lines.

Network Rail has been assessing damage to lines and passengers are urged to check their routes before travelling.

West Midlands Railway will not operate services between Stafford and Wolverhampton and Rugely to Walsall.

A revised hourly train service will also be in place between Crewe and Stafford via Stoke-on-Trent.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will remain windy today with some showers and highs of 7C( 45F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Your weather forecast: Rain later before wind picks up

BBC Weather

Rain will move in for a time later, with strong winds picking up on Saturday.

BBC Weather Watchers / Sutton Walker

There's a yellow warning for wind for the whole of the West Midlands from midnight on Saturday until midnight on Sunday.

You can find a detailed weather forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

Storm Ciara: Rail passengers advised not to travel

Rail customers are now being advised to avoid travelling on Sunday if at all possible, said CrossCountry Trains.

It has cancelled all trains between Birmingham New Street and Cardiff Central and running an amended service between Birmingham and York, Manchester Picadilly, Reading and Bristol Temple Meads.

Due to speed restrictions services are expected to take an hour longer than usual.