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Fire service urging people not to travel due to flooding

Floods by Sandwell and Dudley railway station Credit: ITV News Central

West Midlands Fire Service is urging people not to travel and only to call 999 in a genuine emergency, after torrential downpours across the West Midlands this afternoon.

They are currently dealing with more than 20 weather-related incidents, many involving people trapped in cars, mainly in Birmingham and the Black Country.

Staffordshire and West Midlands Fire Control is receiving high volumes of calls, and people are urged only to call 999 for the time being if life or property are at risk.

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Ladder used in rescue attempt after van stuck in floods

Footage has emerged of people trying to retrieve equipment from their work van, which was caught up in flood waters.

It happened in Green Road in the Hall Green area of Birmingham this morning, following heavy overnight rain.

The footage, filmed by onlooker Mick McKinney, shows four men on dry land extending a ladder out onto the roof of the van.

The van driver had tried to reverse when he realised the extent of the flooding but was pulled back in by the water. A second employee was sent to pick him up and they returned to the company’s base before going back to the van to retrieve equipment left inside.

Several roads closed in Worcestershire due to flooding

Road closures are in place after flooding in various parts of Worcestershire.

Latest updates say there are now six flood warnings and 28 flood alerts in the Midlands.

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Environment Agency: Flood barriers to go up in Hereford

The Environment Agency says that flood barriers in Hereford will be deployed this afternoon.

It comes as rainfall in Wales is expected to make water levels on the River Wye rise.

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