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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 grants for for flood-hit homes

Homes and businesses that have been flooded in the last four months could be eligible for a government backed grant of up to £5,000.

Wychavon District Council in Worcestershire says the purpose of the grants is to help protect buildings from flooding.

To be eligible, the living areas or business areas of a property must have been flooded. The grant can be spent on things like flood gates, air brick covers or moving sockets higher up.

Rapids hit New Road

Worcestershire's new T20 logo Credit: Worcestershire CCC

The flood water may have dropped but the Rapids are about to rise at New Road as 2014 will see Worcestershire County Cricket Club transform into the Worcestershire Rapids for NatWest T20 Blast.

The county will use its new name for the T20 competition, which it hopes refers not only to the annual floods associated with New Road but also at the entertainment fans may enjoy at the games.

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Ploughing match raises money for flooded farmers

One of today's competitors taking part in the fundraising ploughing match Credit: ITV News Central/Keith Wilkinson

Farmers from across the region have taken part in a ploughing match to raise money for their colleagues hit by recent flooding in the Midlands & the South West.

More than 70 historic tractors took part in the match to raise money for farms affected by flooding Credit: ITV News Central/Keith Wilkinson

The event at Elm's Wood farm in Market Bosworth on the Leicestershire & Warwickshire border was organised by the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.

One of the newer tractors and ploughs being used in today's contest Credit: ITV News Central/Keith Wilkinson

More than 70 farmers took part using some of the latest, and the oldest technology to plough their section of field.

A manually controlled plough from the 1920s when digging up a field was a two man job Credit: ITV News Central/Keith Wilkinson

Concerns over quality of standing water in flooded Worcester

There are concerns that the standing water from the recent floods could be contaminated.

Snow ploughs are being used to help clear the debris and pavements are also being power washed by the council as part of the clean-up operation - it's thought it will take several weeks.

David Sutton says that fallen trees also need chopping up and carrying away.

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