Floodwatch: Rising River Levels

Flood-hit communities in the Midlands are facing further disruption as river levels rise following the heavy rain fall - we take a look at some of the worst hit parts of our region.

The Abbey Park in Evesham has been submerged in water as the River Avon is expected to peak for the first time in five years.

Properties and businesses across the Midlands remain at risk of flooding and the environment agency is advising people to stay vigilant.

Hereford and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Services have released the following advice for the wet weather:

  • Don't drive if you don't have to

  • Don't ignore road closures

  • Find alternative routes if possible

  • Don't drive or walk into flood water

  • Just 60cm of flood water will float your car

  • Just 15cm of fast-flowing water can knock you off your feet

Motorists face major disruption with a number of roads across the Midlands closed due to the flooding.

Railway services have been forced to suspend or delay lines across the Midlands.

East Midlands Railway posted this footage showing the line between Derby and Long Eaton completely submerged in water.

A number of schools have been forced to close due to flooding in Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire.

Flood barriers are going up to try and reduce damage to properties and businesses in the region.

Warwickshire Police have lent a hand to the Environment Agency putting up barriers along the Waterside in Stratford.

Carol Checkett from Repton, South Derbyshire said the flood barriers she put installed at her front door didn't stop the water from damaging her home.

Rural part of the Midlands have been left barley visible with from the deluge. Fields in Ambaston, Derbyshire have been badly affected.

Flooding around Ambaston in Derbyshire. Credit: Derbyshire Constabulary Drone Unit