Severe Weather Update – Wyre Forest District Council

Dear All,

Please note operational update for Friday 20 October 2023


  • We have a Yellow warning for rain both today and Saturday – Low to Medium Impacts valid until 06:00hrs tomorrow
  • 25-50mm across the region – 5-10mm rest of today with weather pattern moving eastwards and then wrapping back around
  • Some overnight rain and into Saturday – Sunday / Monday much better position – some rain Tuesday then brighter
  • Environment Agency
  • Low level flood alerts for three main towns – moves to very low on Sunday
  • River levels described as Normal Winter Flood Levels however Severn rising
  • 8 current flood warnings on the Severn – 2 Bewdley / 3 Kidderminster / 3 Stourport
  • Significant rain fall, which has created surface flooding – impacts to tributaries Bewdley / Stourport
  • Situation will improve as rial fall eases
  • Operational barriers at Severn Side North were being deployed however this has been terminated following plant equipment failures
  • This deployment has now been cancelled and levels are expected to come close to properties
  • Situation will be monitored
  • Decision regarding Severn Side South deployment will be made over the weekend
  • Beales Coner will not be deployed – Joint agency working group currently reviewing this
  • Severn at Bewdley will peak today – second peak over weekend
  • Peak gauge summary sheets will be issued by the EA later today


  • Highways
  • 20 road closures across County network
  • Significant surface water flooding
  • B4194 Switchback issues


  • At this stage, No formal TCG required
  • Proceed with situational awareness


  • Properties – NWWMT
  • 15 residential properties with external flooding across North Worcestershire Water Management Area
  • 10 businesses with internal flooding in WFDC area – single location of overland run off from golf course – Long-bank Bewdley
  • 2 internal properties flooded Stourport
  • NWWM team are continuing to get calls in and responding – close liaison work across WFDC teams


  • Depot Operational Services
  • Sandbags already deployed in preparation at normal key locations – Bewdley / Stourport / Kidderminster
  • Team responding to flash flooding with sandbags across the district – large number of locations
  • Team also looking at leaf-fall clearance
  • Residual waste collections today in Stourport and this could be affected
  • Flood recovery work next week