The Environment Secretary has celebrated the successful flood scheme recently opened in Upton upon Severn during a tour of the town.
The two flood defence schemes which have protected houses and businesses for the first time this winter cost £4.5m.
Mr Paterson toured the town with MP Harriett Baldwin. Both MPs paid tribute to the work of the Environment Agency for their work in helping people threatened by the bad weather.
Environment Agency figures show the River Teme could rise considerably in places in the next 24 hours.
If you are affected, or at risk of flooding, here you will find the latest advice on what to do and how to monitor the risks.