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Last Updated: Monday, 23 July 2007, 16:39 GMT 17:39 UK
River levels falling over county
Stratford-upon-Avon under flood water
Stratford-upon-Avon town centre has been hit by flooding
Several places in Warwickshire remain badly affected by flooding, but river levels have fallen overnight.

There are now no severe flood warnings in place, although the Avon is on flood watch from Rugby to Salford Priors.

There is also a flood warning on the River Leam from Marton to Leamington Spa, the Environment Agency said.

Many roads are closed, with towns in the south of the county worst hit by flooding, including Stratford, Alcester, Leamington, and Kenilworth.

Nick Burke, regional controller of the Environment Agency, said that river levels in the county were now slightly less cause for concern.

"They are stabilised or in some cases starting to fall slowly but that's not going to improve quickly.

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"The forecast for today (Monday) is for showery rain and more later in the week, so that may slow down the rate at which river levels fall."

In north Warwickshire, some motorists who abandoned their cars at the height of the flood waters are now discovering their vehicles have been broken into.

Recovery vehicle driver Eric Hammond told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire that several cars were targeted.

Ilmington in Warwickshire was left under water over the weekend

"It's happened at Coleshill - there's four or five vehicles parked because of the floods," he said.

"We've had a couple of vehicles parked in the middle of the road.

"The police used their powers to remove them and every one of the vehicles had been broken into with radios and property taken."

Stratford District Council is holding an emergency meeting later to discuss how best to respond to the floods.

It said more than 500 people's homes were flooded and the council dealt with about 300 calls.

Trevor Askew, strategic director for the district council, explained what action had been taken already.

"We did have several rest centres having to be opened around Shipston, Southam and of course Stratford itself and we had housing advisers in Alcester who were able to talk to individuals who had difficulties with accommodation.

"What we're looking at now is to try to help people who have been affected by ruined furniture and so on."

River levels are now beginning to fall

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