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Flood fears after overnight rain
Flood barriers in Upton-upon-Severn
Flood barriers have been in place since Friday
Barriers are in place in Worcester and Upton-upon-Severn after heavy overnight rainfall raised fears of further flooding.

In Upton-upon-Severn, where barriers failed to arrive in time to prevent the devastating July floods, the defences have been in place since Friday.

In Herefordshire and Worcestershire, there are flood warnings on the rivers Severn, Wye and Teme.

Barriers are holding the water back but levels will not peak until Wednesday.

A spokesman for Herefordshire Council said the River Wye is 3.8m (12.5ft) above normal, projected to rise to at least 4.66m (15.3ft).

The Environment Agency said people should check its website for updates.

David Troup, from the Agency, said he expected the rain to finish by about lunchtime but river levels were likely to continue rising.

'Steady rises'

He said: "The good news is that river levels have dropped from the peak of Saturday night so there is a bit of capacity left in the rivers at the moment.

"What we are seeing at the moment is most of the rivers beginning to respond to the current rainfall so we're seeing some steady rises.

"At the moment I think we're likely to be issuing a few more flood warnings but we're not expecting widespread flooding."

In Herefordshire, a few roads including the A4110 Lawton Cross to Bainestree Cross and the A4113 Church Road at Leintwardine, are closed. Others are passable with care.

Many pubs and hotels hit by the summer floods in Upton-upon-Severn have still not reopened.

Clint Varndell, who lives in the town, said he feared the worst.

"People are feeling nervous. A lot of people have lost income due to their hotels and pubs closing in the town and basically here it comes again.

"Just last week I noticed that we were starting to get back to normal, starting to look like Upton again, but unfortunately it's water, water everywhere," he said.

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