Water levels at the River Severn in Worcestershire are expected to peak on Friday, according to the Environmental Agency.
Experts are forecasting the water could surge to levels seen when storm Desmond caused widespread flooding in parts of the UK last month.
The Chief constable of West Midlands police has been ordered to produce information, in response to a claim that the force may have been tipped off in advance of the Birmingham pub bombings, by an IRA mole.
A coroner made the order after hearing legal submissions about whether there was enough evidence to reopen inquests into the 21 people who died.
Chris Halpin reports.
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