To dredge or not to dredge?

Widespread flooding across the country has been marked by calls for rivers to be dredged - but not everyone agrees.

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Flooding in Albrighton

Parts of the Midlands are dealing with flash flooding this morning. This photo shows Newport road in Albrighton is closed because of flooding.

Is there any flash flooding where you live? Email your photos to centralnews@itv.com with your name and location.

Firefighters dealing with flash flooding in Streetly

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Currently in attendance at flooded roadway,Chester road little Aston/ streetly. If out travelling avoid this road http://t.co/Hnyy8pfEpO

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So then, Streetly is slowly flooding, we have no electric, and court just saved a cat. It's all going down here! http://t.co/USqvZR2Ox1

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Valley Rd/Boundary Rd, Streetly. You'll need more than wellies now. http://t.co/Wkr7sVGd0J

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Heavy rain and flooding in Streetly and Aldridge areas

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Heavy rain and flooding in the #Streetly and #Aldridge areas. Avoid driving in the area if poss, and pls don't risk entering flood water...

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... one incident involves a big hole opening up on the Chester Rd in #Streetly. We've also rescued ppl from stranded vehs nr Bourne Pool.

West Midlands Fire Service say there is heavy rain and flooding in the Streetly and Aldridge areas.

They are advising people not to drive into flood water.

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Protection group given training following Southwell's flash floods

Cars left floating in a pub car park after the floods
Cars left floating in a pub car park after the floods Credit: PA Wire

Members of the Southwell Flood Forum have received training in road closures in advance of any potential flooding this winter.

The town was badly affected last Summer after four inches of rain fell in just an hour, leaving more than 200 homes damaged.

Volunteers will now be able to put up warning signs and close roads if similar conditions occur again, once consent has been given from local authorities.

Computer model to help stop freak flash flooding

Cars and homes in Southwell were left covered in mud after flash flooding in July 2013 Credit: ITV News Central

People in Southwell in Nottinghamshire will get their first view of a flood model designed to help protect the town after freak flash floods last summer.

A month's rain fell during the flash flooding when 56mm was recorded across Nottingham in 3 hours.

The computer-generated model will be shown at a public meeting tonight. It's hoped it will help protect homes and businesses in the future.

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***Watch: Freak flash floods leave trail of destruction - full report*

Read: Southwell residents still clearing up properties after floods

Flood-hit Worcester businesses say town is open for business

by Hannah Stokes

It's not just the cost of the clear-up operation many companies have had to deal with, but for many the loss of business was a big factor.

The county experienced the highest floods since those in 2007, displacing some from their homes and disrupting daily life for many.

But today everyone remains upbeat and the message is clear - firms are now very much open for business.

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