Flood warnings still in place across Midlands after weekend deluge

A clean up operation is underway after severe flooding across the weekend in the Midlands.

Emergency services were out in force to aid those who had been left stranded in their homes.

People had to be rescued by boat after flooding Hereford - at least 20 homes were affected as well as residents at a care home.

Over the weekend the River Wye was at its highest level ever recorded.

Flooding is extensive in the Tewkesbury area near the Worcestershire and Gloucestershire boarder.

Meanwhile, there are a number of flood warnings still in place across the Midlands.

As this drone footage shows the extent of the deluge.

Dozens of roads in Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire were also shut due to flooding.

Some road users have ignored advice to avoid travelling unless necessary, leaving vehicles stranded.

Emergency services have criticised drivers for continuing to drive through floodwater.

They say this sent waves surging into people's properties and pedestrians soaked.

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There are flood warnings for Worcester, Upton-upon-Severn, Bridgenorth, Shrewsbury and flood barriers are in place in Ironbridge.

Herefordshire and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, Station Commander Phil Major said they have made over 200 rescues - including two hamsters.

Water levels in Herefordshire but fears still remain for when heavy rain returns.

How to prepare for flooding:

You can check whether you're at risk from flooding by entering your postcodeon the Environment Agency’s website.

You can also download the ‘Prepare Act Survive’ flood guide .

If you live in an area at risk of flooding, prepare a bag of essential items now to take with you if you have to leave your home. Keep this in a safe place. You could include things like spare medication, glasses, clothing, important documents and contact numbers.

Create a checklist of things to do to protect your family such as turning off the electricity and gas to prevent a fire. You could also add important contact details such as the number of your insurance company.

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