A spokesman for UK Coal, Andrew Macintosh, has told ITV News Central:
"As you can feel here, the place is empty. It's not how we wanted it to be at all. It's very sad and difficult news for our workforce and we're trying to get out and see as many of them as we can".
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Gradually becoming drier and less windy across the region but some showers may continue.
The weather will remain very windy with blustery showers and persistent rain overnight.
Tributes have been paid to Reagan Asbury at a fundraiser in his name after he was killed in a stabbing in Walsall Town Hall last week.