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(Note: I didn't take any of these caps but I have credited as many as possible. Please click through to flickr for further information or ask me in comments.)

The flood defences built in Worcester (pop. c.100,000) and the surrounding area, especially Upton upon Severn and Bewdley, after the record floods of July 2007 have worked despite new record high river levels in the Severn and Teme but there were only a few centimetres to spare and there are about 50 homes flooded in Worcester, mostly around the suburb of Diglis (I think?), with more in the wider local area. The fastest/largest flow/volume of water through the centre of the city was about 500 metric tonnes per second under Worcester bridge (built 1781 and 1841). The only road bridge and both pedestrian bridges in the city were all closed at least temporarily but the Carrington Bridge across the Severn, for the bypass south of the city, remained open. It’s invidious to pick out one token worker or act of bravery but, for example, at one point two Western Power electricity workers waded through three feet of fast flowing water to fix a flooded electrical substation.

01 Eastern bank of Severn at Diglis, Worcester, 02-14, by ?Environment Agency?

02 Storm waves, Severn at Diglis, Worcester, 02-14, by Environment Agency

03 Central Worcester looking west, 02-14, by Environment Agency

04 Central Worcester looking north, 02-14, by Environment Agency

05 Central Worcester looking south, 02-14, by Environment Agency

06 Worcester city centre shuttle bus, 02-14, by Peter Summers:Newsteam

07 Worcester, not built on Severn floodplain, 02-14, by Environment Agency

08 A4440 Worcester bypass on embankment at Powick Bridge, 02-14, by ?Environment Agency?

The flood defences at Upton upon Severn (pop. c.3,000) held but all the roads flooded and Upton temporarily became an island, albeit an island with a shuttle "bus" service using a special high-axle vehicle (access by stepladder!) provided and driven by the Armed Services.

09 Upton upon Severn cut off as an island, 02-14, by Environment Agency

10 Temporary flood barrier across road, Upton upon Severn, 02-14, by Environment Agency

11 Severn through glass flood defences, Upton upon Severn, 02-14, by Environment Agency

The adjustable and the temporary flood defences at Bewdley (pop. c.9000). These are withstanding not only the weight of the water but also having tree trunks &c smashed into them by the river.

12 Bewdley flood defences, 02-14, by Environment Agency

13 Temporary flood defences, metal and plastic sheets, Bewdley, 02-14, by Environment Agency

One of the weirdest problems with this flooding is that even where there’s no surface water the ground is saturated so any hole immediately fills with water… which makes burying the dead unfeasible.

Oh, and while people in other parts of the country might complain about the Environment Agency, Worcester people have set up fan clubs on twitter and facebook for one of our local EA managers @DaveThroupEA as a token show of respect to him and his fellow workers.

Date: 2014-02-16 02:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shirebound
Wow! What a terrible situation.

Date: 2014-02-19 02:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] everbright
Thanks for putting these all together. I saw the roundabout-island picture before, but there really hasn't been any coverage (that I'm aware of) about how bad it is in England. I suppose at least this is round 2, so everybody Has A Plan. Good luck!

(ETA: I got here via Newredshoes's link mongering posts. Hi from wider DW!)
Edited Date: 2014-02-19 02:40 am (UTC)

Date: 2014-03-27 10:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ysilme
I'd been following the floodings as much as possible - there wasn't really much coverage in our news/magazines in Germany, but I got also pics from two affected friends. This collection of yours really brings it home, though, how bad it has been and how serious. It's particularly nice to hear that the EA people did their job so well, and were recognized for it.

Date: 2014-03-27 11:56 am (UTC)
ysilme: Pencil drawing detail of an illumination page (Season)
From: [personal profile] ysilme
Strange coincidence indeed! One would think Germany would cover themes like this as well, since we have had our share of floodings. News-wise, though, Britain seems sometimes to be further off than the U.S. *rolls eyes*

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