BEWDLEY Bridge will remain closed until the water levels drop and there is no risk to properties, it has been claimed.

Agencies in charge of Worcestershire's flood crisis said there was a danger of a serious traffic accident if the bridge was reopened while the barriers were in place.

Worcestershire Silver Tactical Co-ordinating group met this morning to discuss the current situation.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Superintendent Kevin Purcell, Silver Group Chairman, said: "Since last weekend when we saw the flooding beginning to impact here the residents of Worcestershire have been pulling together and helping each other out along with supporting their local businesses.

"Through the different agencies involved we too have been working as a team to keep people safe and the county moving and I would personally like to thank all of those involved so far."

He added: "Due to the danger of a serious traffic accident if Bewdley Bridge reopened whilst the barriers are in situ that will remain closed until the water level drops  to one where there is no threat to properties and then the barriers will come down and the bridge will reopen.

"We as a multi-agency team will continue to monitor the, what now appears  to be slowly improving, situation very closely and will continue to  keep you updated."