County emergency teams prepared for flooding to escalate

County emergency teams prepared for flooding to escalate

County emergency teams prepared for flooding to escalate

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EMERGENCY services in charge of Worcestershire's response to the flood crisis say they are prepared for the situation to worsen.

The Worcestershire Silver Tactical Coordinating Group met this morning to discuss flooding across the county - including the River Severn at Bewdley and Stourport.

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.

Bosses said county contingency plans in place were working and "agencies are ready if the situation escalates".

Speaking on behalf of the group, spt Mark Travis, said: "The contingency measure which have been put in place are working and all agencies are working together and are prepared should the situation escalate. We would reiterate previous messages about not driving or entering flood water.

"Decisions are not being made lightly and we are working together to have an effective response balancing keeping our cities open while keeping people safe. Agencies are working to provide support to people who are vulnerable due to the flooding. If you have concerns about yourself due to flooding, or someone else, please make yourself known to the agencies who are out and about round the county."

The Shuttle website will have details of any road closures, school closures or public transport disruptions. Details can also be found on the Worcestershire County Council website at worcestershire.gov.uk

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