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Main road closed after Christmas flooding

Malvern Editorial 30th Dec, 2013 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

HIGHWAYS officers were called out to Upton-upon-Severn on Christmas Day to close one of the main roads as the town was put on flood alert.

The Hanley Road was closed for around 48 hours as water submerged both lanes.

It was reopened on Friday afternoon (December 27) although barriers remained in place to divert vehicles around water which remained on the river side of the road.

A spokeswoman from Worcestershire Highways confirmed workers continued to monitor the area over the Christmas period while other teams including gulley emptiers and tree removal contractors kept a close eye on other flooding hot spots.

Last Monday (December 23), officers from the Environment Agency closed the floodgates on New Street and the Waterfront to reduce the risk of flooding to nearby properties.

The gate on Dunns Lane was closed on Christmas Eve as a further precaution however it was reopened on Friday (December 27) while the others remain closed.

A Met Office spokesman confirmed the majority of rain came on December 23 with around 26mm falling. Rain was minimal in the area on the following days with nothing recorded on Christmas Eve, 1.6mm on Christmas Day and 3.6mm falling on Boxing Day.

He said the measurements were taken from the nearest weather station at Pershore College and there had been fairly large local variations.

The town has had a long history of flooding and the Environment Agency has worked with the community to develop a two phase alleviation scheme worth £4.4 million.

In November 2011 the flood gate in New Street was opened while the defences at Waterside which protect 64 properties were unveiled in July 2012.

Jackie Surtess, chairman of Upton in Bloom, provided regular flooding updates and pictures (below) to her Twitter feed @Uptonuponsevern over the Christmas period.

She said: “The flood defences have proved effective from the start, we had about four floods over last winter and I think people are a lot more relaxed about them now.

“However, properties on the other side of the river, in east Waterside are still threatened whenever the river rises.”

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