HIGH river levels in Wyre Forest are expected to reach their peak on Tuesday, the Environment Agency says.

Flood barriers were deployed at Severnside and Beales Corner in Bewdley on Sunday morning after the Environment Agency enforced a flood alert for the region, which is still in place.

Persistent rainfall is already causing flooding on low lying land and roads adjacent to the River Severn, and levels are expected to remain high until Thursday, March 21.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: "River levels have risen at the Bewdley river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of farmland is possible.

"Flooding is affecting low lying land and roads adjacent to the river from Highley to Tewkesbury.

"Other locations that may be affected include Stourport, Holt Fleet, Worcester, Kempsey, Severn Stoke and Upton upon Severn.

"The floodplain will start to fill. We expect river levels to remain high until March 21.

"We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff have erected flood barriers at Severnside and Beales Corner, Bewdley. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded."

Bewdley bridge is back open after being closed while water pumps were installed.