Emergency services meet to discuss further flood plans

Flood barriers at the River Severn in Bewdley.

Flood barriers at the River Severn in Bewdley.

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EMERGENCY service organisations coordinating Worcestershire's flood response have discussed contingency plans for dealing with the situation.

The Worcestershire Silver Tactical Group met this evening to discuss flooding across Worcestershire - including Wyre Forest where Bewdley bridge remains closed.

The group is made up of the Environment Agency, Worcestershire county and district councils, Public Health England, Worcestershire Health and Care Trust, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, West Midlands Ambulance Service and West Mercia Police.

The county has contingency flood plans in place and it is the task of this group to make decisions and put these plans into action.

Advice and updates can be found on each of the agencies websites which members of the public are encouraged to keep checking.

Group chairman, spt Ivan Powell, said: "The public are encouraged to think carefully about necessity of journeys and to allow more time for those that must be made.

"Parents and carers should check on the county council and schools websites to check for any disruption to schooling.

"Please be assured the position is under constant review and we are committed to ensure that we return to a position of normality as soon as possible."

Check The Shuttle website throughout tomorrow for any information regarding Wyre Forest school closures, bus or road disruptions.

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8:34pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Jamie225 says...

Inside the Environment Agency have been exposing the failings of the Environment Agency for going on a year now - others have been exposing these failings for much longer. http://www.insidethe
environmentagency.co
.uk
Inside the Environment Agency have been exposing the failings of the Environment Agency for going on a year now - others have been exposing these failings for much longer. http://www.insidethe environmentagency.co .uk Jamie225
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11:11pm Sun 9 Feb 14

harryurz says...

Chris Smith is so obviously well out of his depth ( excuse the pun) he should resign.
Its what happens when former cabinet ministers ( in this case Labour) are retired off and rewarded by their then bosses with a quango they have no expertise in running .
When someone like Eric Pickles says Smith should make a public apology for its mistakes your know your in trouble!!.
Chris Smith is so obviously well out of his depth ( excuse the pun) he should resign. Its what happens when former cabinet ministers ( in this case Labour) are retired off and rewarded by their then bosses with a quango they have no expertise in running . When someone like Eric Pickles says Smith should make a public apology for its mistakes your know your in trouble!!. harryurz
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9:07am Mon 10 Feb 14

Wagtail59 says...

The Government has responsibility for the Environment Agency.
The Government has responsibility for the Environment Agency. Wagtail59
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6:05pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Gobby Robby says...

When someone like Pickles says someone should apologise the person asked to do so will feel very little compunction to do so as Pickles is one of the most idiotic MP's in parliament & he is clearly passing the buck.

"The former Conservative MP & Shadow Environment Secretary Peter Ainsworth has backed Lord Smith's claim that Treasury spending rules were the reason why rivers in the Somerset Levels were not dredged, a decision that Pickles blamed on bad advice from the Environment Agency" -The Times. The Coalition waited until last month to exempt the Levels from Treasury rules, under which flood spending has to deliver £8 of benefit for every £1 spent."We made it very clear what the impact of the rules that we had to abide by were" - Smith.
Not forgetting that Cameron & the local Tory MP Liddell Grainger refused to spend money when asked urgently last year because they think that state spending is a waste of time. Also let's not forget Cameron's famous quote "get rid of all this green crap". Oh dear.
When someone like Pickles says someone should apologise the person asked to do so will feel very little compunction to do so as Pickles is one of the most idiotic MP's in parliament & he is clearly passing the buck. "The former Conservative MP & Shadow Environment Secretary Peter Ainsworth has backed Lord Smith's claim that Treasury spending rules were the reason why rivers in the Somerset Levels were not dredged, a decision that Pickles blamed on bad advice from the Environment Agency" -The Times. The Coalition waited until last month to exempt the Levels from Treasury rules, under which flood spending has to deliver £8 of benefit for every £1 spent."We made it very clear what the impact of the rules that we had to abide by were" - Smith. Not forgetting that Cameron & the local Tory MP Liddell Grainger refused to spend money when asked urgently last year because they think that state spending is a waste of time. Also let's not forget Cameron's famous quote "get rid of all this green crap". Oh dear. Gobby Robby
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