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West Midlands flood warnings prompt 'remain vigilant' alert

Severn Stoke area Image copyright Environment Agency
Image caption The Environment Agency was out around Severn Stoke keeping an eye on water levels, as flood plains between Worcester and Tewkesbury continued to fill

Residents have been warned to "remain vigilant" as more than a dozen flood warnings are in place in the West Midlands with more rain forecast.

There are 10 warnings affecting Worcestershire, along the River Severn and Avon, and six in Shropshire.

Flood defences were put up in Ironbridge on Saturday evening.

The Environment Agency (EA) said river levels were "relatively stable" in Worcestershire but would remain high "through the week".

All ford crossings in the county remain closed, the county council said earlier.

Although levels were dropping on the Teme and Wye, Chris Bainger, from the EA, said: "We will see standing water on roads, a lot of surface water.

"Don't drive through it... We need people to remain vigilant. In lower Severn we'll have a prolonged peak.

"We will have further rain before water starts to drain out of the flood plain."

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Image caption Temporary barriers went up in Ironbridge on Saturday evening

Shropshire has four warnings in place along the Severn, including for Ironbridge and Jackfield, and two on the Vyrnwy.

Temporary barriers went up as a precaution from 17:00 on Saturday in Ironbridge and were likely to be removed within 48 hours of being erected, the agency said.

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Image caption Flood defences were put up in Ironbridge as a precaution, the Environment Agency said

One of the warnings on the Severn relates to the Showground and The Quarry in Shrewsbury.

Water levels peaked in the town on Saturday afternoon.

The two remaining flood warnings in Warwickshire have been lifted and Stratford's flood barriers were being taken down on Sunday.

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