THE River Severn in Bewdley is predicted to reach a height of more than 4.2m by the end of this week.

A flood alert remains in place as river levels are continuing to rise.

Kidderminster Shuttle: Stourport Road is closed as flood defences prevent damage to properties. Stourport Road is closed as flood defences prevent damage to properties. (Image: Martin Priest.)

Environment Agency forecasters have predicted that the river will reach around 4.26m at 12 am on January 13.

The highest level record was 5.56m on November 2, 2000.

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Stourport Road remains closed while flood defences are deployed to prevent damage to nearby properties.

The road has been closed since January 9 and is expected to stay closed until January 16.

Nationally, the Met Office has said “some disruption” is expected in areas, including “flooding of a few homes and businesses”, “spray” on the roads, increased journey times on public transport, and “possible” power cuts.

Kidderminster Shuttle: Image/ Martin Priest.Image/ Martin Priest. (Image: Martin Priest.)

More than 160 flood warnings have also been issued across Britain by environment regulators because saturated ground caused by recent wet weather means that even areas which avoid the worst of this week’s deluge could be at risk of flooding.

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RAC Breakdown has advised motorists to “be on their guard” during the wet weather by driving slowly and leaving a large space between their vehicle and those ahead.

Rod Dennis, a spokesman for the vehicle repair and insurance company, said: “Rain now appears to be a constant feature of January’s weather, so we urge drivers to be on their guard.”