Flooding Update

Please note general updates for Friday 13 January 2023:

  • Weather – Met Office
  • Some respite today with light showers – issues overnight with some prolonged heavy rain into Saturday expected from around 21:00 – 22:00hrs
  • Expect 15-20mm and on higher ground / catchments 20-40mm
  • Saturday – light rain with another episode on Sunday
  • Monday into next week – Wind moving from a Northerly direction bringing showers – possible sleet / snow
  • Conditions getting colder – expect frost

Rivers – Severn

  • 18 flood warnings / 5 flood alerts
  • Bewdley gauge – A peak expected of 4.9m Saturday PM

 Operational Deployment

  • Bewdley barriers Phase 1 / 2 deployed
  • Beales corner deployed Thursday evening and the bridge close to traffic – Beales barrier overtop at 5m
  • EA staff will be moved to other side of BC barrier at 4.8 for safety reasons
  • Pedestrian access in place and a free shuttle bus in service covering alternative circular route
  • Stourport Rd closed due to pumping equipment
  • B194 (Switchback) still open however this road will close as river rises

 Tactical Command

  • Worcestershire TCG established Thursday 12 January – Meets Friday / Saturday established
  • Bronze Cell established Thursday 12 January at Bewdley Riverside Elim Church – Meets Saturday 09:00 dial in
  • Property lists supplied to TCG for known addresses flooding over 5m
  • Likewise, all Caravan sites at risk notified
  • Tactical Comms being led by the EA – Adam Bealby adam.bealby@defra.gov.uk (incidentroom.wmd.shwg@environment-agency.gov.uk)
  • WRS organising some Environmental Health resource for Monday to contact any flooded businesses then. Anyone who actually floods this weekend is unlikely to be able to open without clean-up before then.
  • Major Incident Status – Not Met

February in the Forest

February in the Forest

When I worked at the Wyre Forest Discovery Centre as an environmental educator we had an engaging activity called ‘Meet a tree’. Children or adults would work in pairs: one blindfolded, one leading the way to a tree of their choice which the other had to get to know using their sense of touch. (We took pains to teach safe ways of working although these were sometimes forgotten in the excitement of the moment. Payback time for any shortcomings in the leader’s carefulness or safety awareness came when the roles were reversed!). On being taken back to the start the blindfold was removed and the now sighted participant tried to locate ‘their’ tree. There were many learning points: how vulnerable we feel when we can’t see, the usefulness of our neglected other senses, the tendency of slugs to sit on tree trunks in damp weather, or the unreliability of our best friend!  What impressed me most was the individuality of trees – not so much in a plantation but very evident in a woodland of mixed species and ages.

It is in my nature to care about individual trees. I know that forest management demands a more general approach and that trees need to be removed during thinning to help the growth of those remaining and bring light into the woodland environment. Sometimes trees have to be felled for safety reasons or because they have grown in the ‘wrong’ place. These decisions depend on a value judgement but trees are very often treated as an expendable inconvenience. (I’m not talking about the growth of timber here, i.e. the harvesting of a renewable resource in a sustainable way.)

To me, each tree felling is a sadness, whatever the reason. These organisms photosynthesise, using the sun’s energy to build complex sugars out of water and carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen back into the air. They form relationships with fungi in the soil and are eventually returned to the soil by fungi when they die. Their shape encourages rain water to penetrate into the soil rather than adding to surface flood water. They shelter us from hot sun, strong winds, noise and pollution. They provide homes and food for a huge variety of wildlife. And of course they are beautiful.

Some of us will have favourite trees: they may be ancient, or have childhood associations (or both!), they may have unusual shapes or characteristics, or significance as landmarks. I’ll leave you with this photo of a tree which my ex-colleague Mandy Jones encountered in Eymore Wood. Unlike Tolkien’s Ents, described in  ‘The Two Towers’, this one stays still, but you can imagine the great strides it would make as it toured the woods, shepherding its flock of young and old trees that define, nourish and shelter all the wildlife of the woodland ecosystem.

Linda Iles


Flood Warning: River Severn at Severnside, Bewdley


A Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency.

Flood Warning in force: River Severn at Severnside, Bewdley.

Flooding is expected for: River Severn at Severnside, Bewdley.

Immediate action required.

Flooding is possible in this area. Monitor local water levels and weather conditions. Avoid using low lying footpaths or entering areas prone to flooding. Start acting on your flood plan if you have one. As the Severnside Barriers have been deployed and are fully operational, we are currently not expecting protected properties in this area to be impacted. The Environment Agency Flood Warning System has issued this message based on rising river or tidal levels. We are temporarily automating our messages due to industrial action.

What you should consider doing now

* Act on your business flood plan if you have one.

* Move your staff and customers to a safe place.

* Move cars or other vehicles to higher ground, if it is safe to do so.

* Use flood protection equipment, such as flood barriers, air brick covers and pumps to protect your property. Any equipment should be professionally supplied and installed to help reduce the impact of flood water.

* Move stock and other valuable items upstairs or to a safe place in your building.

*Turn off gas, electricity and water mains supplies before flood water starts to enter your building. Never touch an electrical switch if you are standing in water.

* If it is safe to do so, make sure neighbouring businesses are aware of the situation and offer help to anyone who may need it.

* Listen to the advice of the emergency services and be ready to evacuate your building if told to do so.

* Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. 30 cm of fast-flowing water can move a car and 6 inches can knock an adult off their feet.

* Flood water is dangerous and may be polluted. Wash your hands thoroughly if you’ve been in contact with it.

To check the latest information for your area

* Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast: https://gbr01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fcheck-for-flooding.service.gov.uk%2Ftarget-area%2F031FWFSE360&data=05%7C01%7Ctownclerk%40bewdleytowncouncil.org%7C2987ed64f1a64f5ae62908daf50176db%7C644052cdd9534d3f90d23f4c92850b6d%7C0%7C0%7C638091684003381852%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=X2ZQSvMBdEPQ6flNLte11MZweYRnI06hvkYDyKxS9l8%3D&reserved=0

* Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 309060.

* Follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.

* Tune into weather, news and travel bulletins on local television and radio.

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Weather Alert – Flood Activity Update



  • Unsettled conditions continue with more rain overnight – expect 10-20mm
  • Thursday – Rain more West to Southwest of WM region – Gales expected
  • Friday – More rain overnight falling in Wales and river Severn catchments
  • Saturday / Sunday – Cooler with showery conditions
  • Expect some road surface flooding


River Levels on Severn / Operational Barriers:


  • Rivers already becoming heavy
  • Expecting 5-7 warnings
  • Two river peaks expected on Friday pm 4.5m / Saturday pm 5m
  • Bewdley Severnside Barriers operational – Beales Corner ready – Switchback Rd closed
  • Sandbags deployed
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First Notice of Order – Road Closure – Bewdley



Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

(B4195 Stourport Road, Bewdley) (Temporary Closure) Order 2023

Proposed Order: to close that part of B4195 Stourport Road from its junction with B4190 Kidderminster Road to its junction with Ricketts Close.

Reason: Replacement electricity cable by Western Power Distribution.

Exemptions: to permit access to any land or premises fronting the highway affected where there is no other form of access; and to allow the works to be undertaken.

Alternative route: B4195 Stourport Road (Eastbound), A456 Bewdley Bypass, B4190 Kidderminster Road and vice versa.

Maximum duration: 18 months. Anticipated duration:5 days Commencing:13 February 2023

Thomas Pollock Head of Commercial Law (Legal & Governance) County Hall Spetchley Road Worcester


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