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Heavy rain and flooding in Streetly and Aldridge areas

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 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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Flood-hit Worcester businesses say town is open for business

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.

Government grant for homeowners to tackle future flooding

People could be eligible for up to £5,000 under the grant Credit: PA

The government has announced that people whose homes and businesses were flooded between 1 December and 31 March can now apply for a government grant of up to £5,000 through their local authority, regardless of where they live.

Dan Rogerson the Environment Minister the government is encouraging anyone who has been flooded to apply for a grant to become more flood resilient.

Floods cost Worcestershire farmer more than £61k

Stephen Watkins' farm was badly affected by the flooding Credit: ITV News Central

A farmer in Worcestershire says he is more than £61,000 out of pocket because of this year's floods.

Stephen Watkins, who has a farm in Severn Stoke, has cleared three of his fields, but still has 53 more to go.

Stephen Watkins' farm looked like this a month ago Credit: ITV News Central

Later today, the Farming Minister, George Eustice MP, will appear before a select committee to answer questions about the recent floods.

Around £700k ploughed into fixing potholes after floods

Around £700,000 has been ploughed into repairing thousands of potholes plaguing Worcestershire roads after the recent floods.

Thousands of potholes have been fixed in Worcestershire since the start of the year Credit: Danny Lawson/PA

So far this year, the team at the county's highways department has filled in around 6,400 potholes - though had to wait until the waters receded before they could tackle the most recent weather-damaged sections of road.

Last year, around 27,000 potholes were fixed by the county council - and leaders have now urged anyone who spots any damage on the roads to get in touch.

Hylton Road in Worcester at the height of the floods last month Credit: Joe Giddens/PA

Highways chief Councillor John Smith said:

Our teams have been working hard all year, with the pace accelerating a few weeks ago when the flood recovery work began.

Inspections and repairs have increased and this will continue as we fix the inevitable problems caused by the heavy rainfall and flooding we've experienced so far this year.

I'd like to say thank-you to everyone that's been in touch and reported any problems they spot. Please continue to let us know.

To report a problem, visit the council's highways page.

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