NEW flood warnings have been put in place to help the communities living in Upton-upon-Severn.
The Environment Agency has improved the free flood warning system which will provide more information when situations arise to help people be better prepared.
The risk of flooding in these areas has not increased and people’s home and business insurance will not be affected by this move.
The Environment Agency said flooding was dangerous, could happen very quickly and its effects devastating.
It was therefore important that the ability to take quick action was available and the flood warning system was the most effective way to highlight risks and enable people to get personal belongings to safer areas.
Last winter saw some of the highest levels ever recorded across the West Midlands including the third highest level ever recorded at Saxon’s Lode, a level of 5.49m. This has only been surpassed by the flood events of 2007 and 1947.
The Environment Agency is always looking for ways to help communities impacted by flooding be better prepared.
Data from recent years has shown that additional warnings, along with the existing ones, would help those living and working in Upton-upon Severn and Leominster be prepared for flooding.
Among the areas covered by the new warning system are the River Severn at Upton-upon-Severn, including Church Street, High Street and Lancaster Close, along with the River Severn at Ryall, including properties in the Beeches and Ryall Meadow
For more on the new warning areas, visit gov.uk/check-flood-risk or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188.
Alternatively email the local flood resilience team at: firstname.lastname@example.org where advisers can assist.
The new flood warning services now operating in the Upton-upon-Severn area are in addition to the recent modifications that have seen additional properties in the Leominster area included in the flood warnings.