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Flooding Update 21 February 2022

Please note key update to this event: Storm Franklin Flooding Event 14:30hrs

 Incident – Major incident declared – Immediate action required

Environment Agency

  • Flood Warning in force: River Severn at Wribbenhall, Bewdley – Flooding is expected for: River Severn at Wribbenhall, Bewdley.
  • BEALES LOADED WARNING – The Barriers at Beales Corner are operational and have approximately 1m of water against them. All Environment Agency maintenance activities will now stop, and the site will be fully evacuated behind the defences. Residents must evacuate from behind the defences due to the risk. The risk remains as the barrier system is a temporary structure which cannot be guaranteed to perform. The barrier system is nearing its standard of service.
  • Predicted Peak:- Bewdley 5m to 5.4m Wednesday 23/02/2022.
  • We are closely monitoring the situation.  Our incident response staff are liaising with emergency services.  This message will be updated as the situation changes.

Key issues

WFDC leading door knocking – warning & informing all affected residents to evacuate – Rest Centre on standby at Wyre Forest House

  • Review of vulnerable at-risk person pending action at 15:00hrs today
  • Caravan sites affected have been contacted and evacuation is happening on the following caravan sites, (all holiday):
  • Lickhill Manor
  • Redstone Caravan park
  • Severnside Holiday Park off sandy lane
  • Stourport Motor yacht and Bungalow Association
  • Stourport Caravan Park
  • The Walshes Caravan Park
  • about 5 caravans at Riverside in Bewdley to have water around but may not evacuate as minor impact.
  • No issues raised about caravan owners having temporary accommodation elsewhere at this point – Likely evacuation of properties in Bewdley and Stourport due to flooding may result in some contact but very limited previous requests for help.
  • Bronze cell being established at Elm Methodist Church in Bewdley
  • Multi-agency comms cell established – WFDC warning / informing / signposting

 Met Office

  • Storm Franklin’s strongest winds and showers are set to continue to ease as we had though this rest of Monday across the West Midlands – but the rest of the week is looking much less unsettled.
  • Yellow Warning for the risk of potential disruption from the gales will end at 1300 today – so a Low Likelihood of Medium Impacts remains until then.
  • Despite some more rain or showers and gusty winds this week – conditions for resilience teams are not expected to be as challenging as recent days.
  • a quieter night tonight with some showery rain or drizzle, Tuesday morning is expected to see a short spell of heavy rain breeze through quickly. This could be accompanied by squally south westerly winds gusting to 50 or 55mph for a time.
  • Although, clearly unhelpful for any ongoing recovery operations, once this risk of gales has cleared to the east, winds will reduce in strength. Further, possibly wintry, showers and winds gusting to around 25 to 35mph are expected during Tuesday afternoon and evening – and easing further tomorrow night.
  • After some showery rain on Wednesday, an area of rain will sweep southeast overnight into Thursday. This clears to leave sleet and snow showers on Thursday and Thursday night, before less cold conditions return on Friday and through the coming weekend.
  • Once today’s warning expires, no further Met Office warnings are currently out for the West Midlands. However, we will continue to monitor conditions for possible low impact ice, snow, wind, or rain warnings over the coming days – but these would be deemed more ‘typical’ winter weather.