AN amber flood alert is in place as river levels rise in Bewdley following heavy rainfall. 

The Environment Agency warns on its website that "flooding is possible" and to "be prepared" as Storm Gerrit hits the country.

The agency said: "River levels are rising at the Bewdley river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall.

"Consequently, flooding of roads & farmland is possible.

"We expect flooding to affect Low lying land and roads adjacent the river from Highley to Tewkesbury.

"Locations affected are Stourport, Holt Fleet, Worcester, Kempsey, Severn Stoke and Upton upon Severn".

Further rainfall is forecast today and over the next five days and the Environment Agency will be closely monitoring the situation and liaising with emergency services.

They have asked motorists to plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses.