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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.

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