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Midlands on flood alert: News and advice

Three elderly people had to be rescued from their car in Warwickshire after it was swept along by a swollen river Photo: West Midlands Ambulance Service

The Midlands is bracing itself for more flooding chaos after forecasters predicted worsening weather conditions.

The continued rain will worsen the problem in areas already suffering from severe weather.

Forecasters predicted up to 40mm of rain to fall in some areas last night, with winds measuring 70mph on the south coast and 60mph as far inland as London and the East Midlands.

Flooding and strong winds have caused many areas to be flooded and many people to be injured across the Midlands.

Three elderly people were rescued from their car in Warwickshire on Friday after it was swept down a swollen river in Coughton near Alcester around 11.30am on Friday (23 November).

The car was carried by the water for 500 yards before a local farmer managed to secure the vehicle and bring it to the water's edge.

For the latest news on flooding in the Midlands and click here. To get the latest on flood alerts across the region see the Environment Agency website.

What to do in the event of a flood

The Environment Agency says you should be prepared to act quickly and get yourself to safety in a flooding emergency, to put the safety of people first and listen to advice from the Police and the Emergency Services.

The Agency urges people to take the following precautions in the event of a flooding emergency:

  • Tune into your local radio station on a battery or wind-up radio.
  • Switch off your electricity / gas supplies.
  • If you have a flood plan, put it into action. Click here to find out how to do this.
  • Move important items to safety.
  • If there is time, fit any flood protection products you might have such as
  • Flood boards, airbrick covers, sandbags or alternative barriers, toilet bungs (only needed for downstairs toilets), any other flood product.
  • If you require sandbags in an emergency you should contact your local authority.
  • You can buy bags and sand from DIY stores and local builders merchants if you wish to prepare.

What is localised flooding?

Also known as 'surface water flooding'. This usually happens where drainage systems are unable to cope with heavy spells of rainfall. The Environment Agency cannot give you a direct warning for this type of flooding.

Instead they forecast where it might be a problem in certain counties and put a daily flood risk forecast on the Environment Agency website.

You can also find out about the possibility of 'surface water' flooding in your area by checking local weather forecasts.