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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 December 2006, 20:12 GMT
Warning as heavy rain predicted
Flooding at the River Wye in Ross
Flooding has affected the River Wye in Ross-on-Wye
People in parts of Shropshire and Herefordshire have been warned about flooding because of heavy rain being forecast.

The Environment Agency issued flood warnings for the River Severn in Shrewsbury and the River Wye from Hereford to Ross-on-Wye on Wednesday.

Several vehicles parked at the Frankwell car park in Shrewsbury were under water on Wednesday evening.

Almost 50,000 homes lost power after a weekend of storms in the West Midlands.

Gusts of 50mph (80km/h) brought down electricity poles and trees and 12,000 homes were cut off.

A spokesman for the Met Office said more heavy rain and strong winds are expected for southern parts of the UK over the next few days, in particular on Wednesday night and into Thursday.

Phil Rothwell, head of Flood Risk Management Policy at the Environment Agency, said: "We will continue to monitor the situation closely and flood watches or warnings will be issued where appropriate, in order to give people as much notice as possible."

A flood warning suggests flooding of homes and businesses is expected.

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