Live blog: Herefordshire Flood Watch - Friday

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  • More bad weather is expected to hit the county today.
  • Roads and public transport remain affected.

5:27pm

The forecast isn't a great deal better for the weekend so make sure you take care when out and about.

Send any flooding stories and pictures to ljo@herefordtimes.com for possible inclusion in this week's flood round up.

And have a great weekend despite the weather!

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Road closures as of 5.15pm

A4110  Adforton - Leintwardine  Flooding  Passable with care

A4110  Portway  Flooding  Passable with care

A4113  Walford to Leintwardine  Flooding  Passable with care

A438  Bridge Sollers - The Weir  Flooding  Passable with care

A49  Dinmore Hill - Northbound  Tree partially blocking road  Passable with care

B4224  Hampton Bishop  Flooding  Closed

B4224  Mordiford Bridge  Road closed - pump in place  Closed

B4347  Ewyas Harold*  Flooding  Passable with care

B4348  Vowchurch  Land slide  Passable with care

B4348  Bull Ring, Kingstone  Flooding  Closed

B4348  Winnal - Kingstone  Flooding  Passable with care

B4348  Winnal  Flooding  Passable with care

B4352  Tyberton - Blakemere  Flooding  Closed

B4362  Coombe between Byton - Presteigne (this affects the junction with

C1007)  Flooding  Passable with care

C1001  Buckton  Flooding  Passable with care

C1014  Trippleton Lane, Leintwardine  Damaged road surface  Closed

C1017  Adforton – Burrington   Flooding  Closed

C1036  Kingsland village  Flooding  Passable with extreme care

C1039  Kingsland - Yarpole  Flooding  Passable with extreme care

C1086  Kinnersley  Flooding  Passable with care

C1112  A49 to Stoke Prior  Flooding  Passable with care

C1115  Shortwood Farm, Little Cowarne  Damaged road surface  Closed

C1120  Marden - Moreton on Lugg  Flooding  Closed

C1122  Marden to A49  Flooding  Closed

C1125  Wergins Bridge - Sutton St Nicholas  Flooding  Closed

C1149  Watery Lane, Yarkhill  Flooding  Closed

C1196  Madley  Flooding  Closed

C1203  Craswell - Hay on Wye (damaged surface in Powys)*  Road surface

damaged  Closed

C1221  Kingstone  Flooding  Closed

C1258  Huntsman Bridge, Goodrich  Flooding  Closed

C1260  Goodrich  Fallen tree  Closed

C1261  Hoarwithy Road, Hoarwithy  Flooding  Closed

C1267  Carey - Hoarwithy  Flooding  Closed

C1268  Holme Lacy Road, Rotherwas  Damaged road surface  Closed

U71000  Tresseck Mill Road, Hoarwithy  Flooding  Closed

U71006  Foy (near Strangford Tip)  Collapsed road  Closed to HGVs

U71015  Winters Cross, Glewstone  Damaged road surface  Closed

U72015  Lower Bullingham Lane/Watery Lane  Flooding  Closed

U72201  Church Lane, Hampton Bishop  Flooding  Closed

U72621  Litmarsh Lane, Marden  Tree down with power cables  Closed

U72627  Ford Lane, Wellington  Flooding  Closed

U73211  Shenmore Village  Tree down  Closed

U91200  The Yeld, Kington  Land slip  Closed

U92206  Paytoe Lane, Leintwardine  Flooding  Closed

U92210  Jays Lane, Leintwardine  Flooding  Closed

U93605  Newton Lane, Ivington  Flooding  Passable with extreme care

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Ross Abell sent these pictures in from Portway in Hereford.

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Sandbags have been put out at this Leintwardine house. By Mark Bowen.

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One Leintwardine resident appears to be preparing for flooding. Picture by Mark Bowen.

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A SWIFT Water Rescue Team from Hay-on-Wye has been sent to assist with flooding in the Thames Valley.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service deployed the team from Hay on Wye Fire Station and the Service is also providing specialist pumping equipment to support the efforts in Hampshire.

Assistant chief fire officer, Derek Masson, said: “We are very pleased to be able to offer our support and assistance to other UK Fire and Rescue Services and their local communities to help with the extreme flooding conditions currently being experienced in other areas of the UK.

“Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service forms a key part of the national resilience arrangements for large scale emergencies such as flooding. As such, we have specialist equipment, alongside highly trained and motivated staff to provide a response to large scale flooding incidents in Wales as well as the rest of the UK. In this instance, the needs of the rest of the UK, particularly in England are greater than those in Wales and we are pleased to be able to provide the additional support and resources required”.

4:40pm

This picture, also by Mark Bowen, shows torrential rain falling on the fast flowing River Teme in Leintwardine.Hereford Times:

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This picture, taken by Hereford Times deputy news editor Mark Bowen, shows water flowing through the High Street in Leintwardine.

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Members of Ledbury Rugby Club with the flood bund last year. Picture by Jan Long.

LEDBURY Rugby Club's new flood defences have passed their first test.

Floods have plagued the club for years, as their base on playing fields off Ross Road is so close to the River Leadon, but the worst came in 2007 when 2ft of water entered the club house, causing thousands of pounds of damage.

This started a fund-raising campaign to pay for flood defences, and £80,000 was raised through grants and fund-raising to fund the bund, which was installed by UK Flood Barriers and presented at an open day last Friday (September 27).

However, despite the winds and rain that have battered the county over the past week, Wynne Rogers says the defences - that go all around the club - are holding up well.

Wynne, one of the club's directors, said: "It's quite timely that we got them finished when we did at the end of last year.

"This weather will be a test for them but they have held up well so far.

"From our point of view, the flood barriers have given us peace of mind, although we hadn't planned on them being tested so soon.

"They allow me to sleep easy in my bed at night now knowing the club is safe."

4:28pm

With more heavy rain and winds forecast for the rest of today and into the weekend, West Midlands Ambulance Service is urging the public to take some simple precautions to stay safe.

The ambulance service continues to liaise closely with fellow emergency services and the Environment Agency in flood hit areas of the Region. Additional vehicles with 4x4 capabilities are also on standby to provide further resilience if needed.

WMAS Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Steve Wheaton, said: “We would ask all members of the public to follow the advice of the Environment Agency and other emergency services and stay away from flood control channels, rivers, streams and other waterways at this time.

“The forecasted strong wind and heavy rain will no doubt make driving conditions treacherous. Please take extra care if you are out on the Region’s roads this weekend and keep up-to-date with road closures via your local radio stations and council websites. However tempting it is, we urge motorists to avoid driving through flooded roads.

“Not heeding the many safety warnings puts lives at risk, including ambulance staff and other emergency service personnel called to provide a service in these most challenging of conditions.

“Please only call 999 for life threatening emergencies.  For less urgent cases of illness, injury or pre-existing conditions, the public are advised to consider alternative medical assistance such as their GP, NHS 111, visit a walk-in centre or consult a pharmacist.”

4:13pm

Road closures as of 4.10pm

A4110  Adforton - Leintwardine  Flooding  Closed

A4110  Portway  Flooding  Passable with care

A4113  Walford to Leintwardine  Flooding  Passable with care

A438  Bridge Sollers - The Weir  Flooding  Passable with care

A49  Dinmore Hill - Northbound  Tree partially blocking road  Passable with care

B4224  Hampton Bishop  Flooding  Closed

B4224  Mordiford Bridge  Road closed - pump in place  Closed

B4347  Ewyas Harold*  Flooding  Passable with care

B4348  Vowchurch  Land slide  Passable with care

B4348  Bull Ring, Kingstone  Flooding  Closed

B4348  Winnal - Kingstone  Flooding  Passable with care

B4352  Tyberton - Blakemere  Flooding  Closed

B4362  Coombe between Byton - Presteigne (this affects the junction with

C1007)  Flooding  Passable with care

C1001  Buckton  Flooding  Passable with care

C1014  Trippleton Lane, Leintwardine  Damaged road surface  Closed

C1017  Adforton – Burrington   Flooding  Closed

C1036  Kingsland village  Flooding  Passable with extreme care

C1039  Kingsland - Yarpole  Flooding  Passable with extreme care

C1086  Kinnersley  Flooding  Passable with care

C1112  A49 to Stoke Prior  Flooding  Passable with care

C1115  Shortwood Farm, Little Cowarne  Damaged road surface  Closed

C1120  Marden - Moreton on Lugg  Flooding  Closed

C1122  Marden to A49  Flooding  Closed

C1125  Wergins Bridge - Sutton St Nicholas  Flooding  Closed

C1149  Watery Lane, Yarkhill  Flooding  Closed

C1196  Madley  Flooding  Closed

C1203  Craswell - Hay on Wye (damaged surface in Powys)*  Road surface

damaged  Closed

C1221  Kingstone  Flooding  Closed

C1258  Huntsman Bridge, Goodrich  Flooding  Closed

C1260  Goodrich  Fallen tree  Closed

C1261  Hoarwithy Road, Hoarwithy  Flooding  Closed

C1267  Carey - Hoarwithy  Flooding  Closed

C1268  Holme Lacy Road, Rotherwas  Damaged road surface  Closed

U71000  Tresseck Mill Road, Hoarwithy  Flooding  Closed

U71006  Foy (near Strangford Tip)  Collapsed road  Closed to HGVs

U71015  Winters Cross, Glewstone  Damaged road surface  Closed

U72015  Lower Bullingham Lane/Watery Lane  Flooding  Closed

U72201  Church Lane, Hampton Bishop  Flooding  Closed

U72621  Litmarsh Lane, Marden  Tree down with power cables  Closed

U72627  Ford Lane, Wellington  Flooding  Closed

U73211  Shenmore Village  Tree down  Closed

U91200  The Yeld, Kington  Land slip  Closed

U92206  Paytoe Lane, Leintwardine  Flooding  Closed

U92210  Jays Lane, Leintwardine  Flooding  Closed

U93605  Newton Lane, Ivington  Flooding  Closed

4:07pm

MEP Nikki Sinclaire is on her way to Lea, near Ross-on-Wye, to speak to villagers about the flooding

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There is a lot of water on Canon Pyon Road just before the crossroads with Roman Road. It is passable with care so drive slowly.

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Hereford Times: The road closed after the incident between Sandy Lane and Bremhill

Below is a list of frequently asked questions about the floods and road closures from Herefordshire Council.

 

Keeping road users safe during this extreme weather is a priority for the highway service and Balfour Beatty Living Places have teams working around the clock to ensure that flooded roads are signed, diversions and sand bags are in place where needed and emergency repairs are undertaken as soon as the conditions and the availability of resources allow.

How do you decide when to close a road?

The decision to close a road is taken when either the level of surface water on the roads could be an immediate or imminent danger to road users; or the damage caused to the highway also presents a similar hazard that cannot be rectified through any immediate repair. 

Who decides that a road should close?

The decision to close a road is taken for the Council as the Highway Authority through the highway service. We rely on information provided by our highways inspectors,  the police and tips from the public on where flooding or damage is taking place. Ultimately it is up to the highway authority or the police to determine when a road should be closed and although it might seem inconvenient to some motorists our top priority is public safety.

What if I see a flooded road, will you come out and close it?

We really appreciate people letting us know when and where there is flood water, or when it is receding, but ultimately we rely on the expertise of the road crews to inform the final decision on closing or re-opening any road.

How often are the inspectors out checking the roads?

Balfour Beatty Living Places have crews out on the roads each day, inspecting the condition of roads and putting up closures when required, arranging repair works and helping with sandbags. We do all we can to ensure that people are safe when travelling around the county.

I don’t think my road should be closed, yet there is a sign saying it is?

No road is closed without good reason and we only reopen roads when we are satisfied that it’s safe to do so. We accept that this can lead to roads appearing to be closed for no good reason, particularly as flood waters subside. We will endeavor to re-open roads as soon as possible and we do appreciate people telling us when a flood has subsided, as we cannot know the depth of water at all locations throughout the 2000 plus miles of road that we are responsible for all of the time. We advise that drivers do not drive through a road that is closed; to do so is breaking the law and if you were to damage your vehicle on any defect you may find that you have invalidated your motor insurance. Using a diversion route, may be inconvenient, but should see you on your way safely.

Your road closures page doesn’t seem very accurate at times

We rely on the intelligence of the crews on the ground to inform the decision to close/re-open any road and we post changes as a result of our decisions as quickly as possible. . The situation on the ground can change rapidly and decisions are made and updates are posted as quickly and accurately as possible. We can’t post any road information until the decision to close/re-open has been implemented.

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Herefordshire and Ludlow College Nursery is asking parents to collect their kids by 4.30pm instead of 5.30pm because of the weather.

3:19pm

The River Arrow in Herefordshire is on flood alert. For more see here.

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The view just now looking out of our window. Not looking good!

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Road closures as of 3.10pm

A4110  Adforton - Leintwardine  Flooding  Closed

A4110  Portway  Flooding  Passable with care

A4113  Walford to Leintwardine  Flooding  Passable with care

A438  Bridge Sollers - The Weir  Flooding  Passable with care

A49  Dinmore Hill - Northbound  Tree partially blocking road  Passable with care

B4224  Hampton Bishop  Flooding  Closed

B4224  Mordiford Bridge*  Road closed - pump in place  Closed

B4348  Vowchurch  Land slide  Passable with care

B4348  Bull Ring, Kingstone  Flooding  Closed

B4348  Winnal - Kingstone  Flooding  Passable with care

B4352  Tyberton - Blakemere  Flooding  Closed

B4362  Coombe between Byton - Presteigne (this affects the junction with

C1007)  Flooding  Passable with care

C1001  Buckton  Flooding  Passable with care

C1014  Trippleton Lane, Leintwardine  Damaged road surface  Closed

C1017  Adforton – Burrington   Flooding  Closed

C1036  Kingsland village  Flooding  Passable with extreme care

C1039  Kingsland - Yarpole  Flooding  Passable with extreme care

C1086  Kinnersley  Flooding  Passable with care

C1112  A49 to Stoke Prior  Flooding  Passable with care

C1115  Shortwood Farm, Little Cowarne  Damaged road surface  Closed

C1120  Marden - Moreton on Lugg  Flooding  Closed

C1122  Marden to A49  Flooding  Closed

C1125  Wergins Bridge - Sutton St Nicholas  Flooding  Closed

C1149  Watery Lane, Yarkhill  Flooding  Closed

C1196  Madley  Flooding  Closed

C1221  Kingstone  Flooding  Closed

C1258  Huntsman Bridge, Goodrich  Flooding  Closed

C1260  Goodrich  Fallen tree  Closed

C1261  Hoarwithy Road, Hoarwithy  Flooding  Closed

C1267  Carey - Hoarwithy  Flooding  Closed

C1268  Holme Lacy Road, Rotherwas  Damaged road surface  Closed

U71000  Tresseck Mill Road, Hoarwithy  Flooding  Closed

U71006  Foy (near Strangford Tip)  Collapsed road  Closed to HGVs

U71015  Winters Cross, Glewstone  Damaged road surface  Closed

U72015  Lower Bullingham Lane/Watery Lane  Flooding  Closed

U72201  Church Lane, Hampton Bishop  Flooding  Closed

U72621  Litmarsh Lane, Marden  Tree down with power cables  Closed

U72627  Ford Lane, Wellington  Flooding  Closed

U73211  Shenmore Village  Tree down  Closed

U91200  The Yeld, Kington  Land slip  Closed

U92206  Paytoe Lane, Leintwardine  Flooding  Closed

U92210  Jays Lane, Leintwardine  Flooding  Closed

U93605  Newton Lane, Ivington  Flooding  Closed

 

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The military have been helping out in Herefordshire today. Here is an update of what they've been doing around the UK.

 

More than 2,000 servicemen and women have been committed to tasks, with thousands more at a state of high readiness to assist if required.

Military personnel remain embedded in various silver and gold command headquarters across flood-affected areas to facilitate emerging requests for assistance.

The Royal Air Force have also now flown missions with Tornado GR4 and Sentinel aircraft to capture optical and radar imagery to help the civilian authorities co-ordinate flood relief efforts with a view to preventing further flooding.

In the Thames Valley area, military personnel are supporting the civilian authorities in a number of locations.

In Berkshire, around 100 personnel from 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers are still in Wraysbury, while more than 300 military personnel remain in Windsor, Datchet and Bisham.

They are conducting a variety of tasks including filling and distributing sandbags, erecting barriers, assisting residents, examining the condition of existing flood defences and general duties in support of the emergency services.

In nearby Chertsey, personnel from 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles and the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment are assisting civil authorities in erecting a 600-metre ‘Aquadam’ flood barrier brought over from Sweden along the Chertsey Bridge Road.

In Reading, more than 30 personnel from 9 Theatre Logistic Regiment are creating a sandbag wall in Southcote Mill.

And, across Surrey, over 360 military personnel from 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles and 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh, as well as elements of both 19 and 47 Regiments Royal Artillery, have been assisting the multi-agency relief effort.

Other key military taskings over the last 24 hours have included completion of a sandbag wall to help defend Desborough Island and the ongoing assessment and protection of critical national infrastructure assets.

In addition, army personnel have been involved in assisting and evacuating vulnerable residents in the area.

And in Croydon and Kenley, army personnel have been sandbagging and constructing flood defences with particular focus on protecting a water chlorination plant which is vulnerable to potential flooding.

In Chieveley, 80 members of the RAF are working to fill sandbags on behalf of the Environment Agency at a Highways Agency depot – more than 20,000 sandbags have already been filled at this site over recent days

Around 100 Royal Marines continue to work throughout the Somerset Levels moving and filling sandbags, filling ‘Hesco’ barriers, relocating pumps, and providing general support to the local authorities and emergency services.

Royal Marines from the same unit have also built flood defences in the Alney Island area of Gloucester.

There is also a military presence in Winchester in Hamsphire, where assistance is being provided to people whose homes have been affected by flooding.

And an army engineers dive team is available to assist with removing blockages from water courses.

2:55pm

Janet Gardner took this picture of soldiers in Hampton Bishop ready to help.

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ALL football activities at Old School Lane this weekend are POSTPONED as the pitches are still waterlogged.

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The pressure on A&E at Hereford County Hospital has eased off for a second day.

A&E had its high alert status downgraded yesterday.

A patient surge that started last weekend  put the department under "extreme pressure" with attendances averaging between 145-150 over recent days or 20% up on what could be expected.

2:30pm

BLUE-light ambulance crews in the county are getting on with the job with no weather-related disruption or emergencies reported – as yet.

Nor have crews seen any specific upsurge in calls because of the weather and flooding.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has put 4x4 vehicles on standby across the Herefordshire response area, but, so far, they have not been needed.

2:17pm

The latest list of roads affected by flooding at 2pm, courtesy of Herefordshire Council.

A4110 Adforton to Leintwardine - closed

A4110 Portway - passable with care

A4113 Walford to Leintwardine - passable with care

A438 Bridge Sollers to The Weir - passable with care

A49 Dinmore Hill - Northbound Tree partially blocking road - passable with care

B4224 Hampton Bishop - closed

B4348 Vowchurch - passable with care due to land slide

B4348 Bull Ring, Kingstone - closed

B4348 Winnal - Kingstone - passable with care

B4352 Tyberton to Blakemere* - closed

B4362 Coombe between Byton and Presteigne (this affects the junction with C1007) - passable with care

C1001 Buckton - passable with care

C1014 Trippleton Lane, Leintwardine - closed due to damaged road surface

C1017 Adforton to Burrington - closed

C1036 Kingsland village - passable with extreme care

C1039 Kingsland to Yarpole - passable with extreme care

C1086 Kinnersley - passable with care

C1112 A49 to Stoke Prior - passable with care

C1115 Shortwood Farm, Little Cowarne - closed due to damaged road surface

C1120 Marden to Moreton on Lugg - closed

C1122 Marden to A49 - closed

C1125 Wergins Bridge to Sutton St Nicholas - closed

C1149 Watery Lane, Yarkhill - closed

C1196 Madley - closed

C1221 Kingstone - closed

C1258 Huntsman Bridge, Goodrich - closed

C1260 Goodrich Fallen tree - closed

C1261 Hoarwithy Road, Hoarwithy - closed

C1267 Carey to Hoarwithy - closed

C1268 Holme Lacy Road, Rotherwas - closed due to damaged road surface

U71000 Tresseck Mill Road, Hoarwithy - closed

U71006 Foy (near Strangford Tip) - closed to HGVs due to collapsed road

U71015 Winters Cross, Glewstone - closed due to damaged road surface

U72015 Lower Bullingham Lane/Watery Lane - closed

U72201 Church Lane, Hampton Bishop - closed

U72621 Litmarsh Lane, Marden - closed due to tree down with power cables

U72627 Ford Lane, Wellington - closed

U73211 Shenmore Village Tree down - closed

U91200 The Yeld, Kington Land slip - closed

U92206 Paytoe Lane, Leintwardine - closed

U92210 Jays Lane, Leintwardine - closed

U93605 Newton Lane, Ivington - closed

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Chapel Lane in Bodenham is currently under water. Villagers claim this street would provide the main access to a field where developers would like to build housing. No planning application has yet been submitted but talks have been held between developers and villagers over the site that is behind the hedge on the right of the photograph.

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Road closures as of midday:

A4110  Adforton - Leintwardine  Flooding  Closed

A4110  Portway  Flooding  Passable with care

A4113  Walford to Leintwardine  Flooding  Passable with care

A438  Bridge Sollers - The Weir  Flooding  Passable with care

A49  Dinmore Hill - Northbound  Tree partially blocking road  Passable with care

B4224  Hampton Bishop  Flooding  Closed

B4348  Vowchurch  Land slide  Passable with care

B4348  Bull Ring, Kingstone  Flooding  Closed

B4348  Winnal - Kingstone  Flooding  Passable with care

B4352  Tyberton  Flooding  Passable with care

B4362  Coombe between Byton - Presteigne (this affects the junction with

C1007)  Flooding  Passable with care

C1001  Buckton  Flooding  Passable with care

C1014  Trippleton Lane, Leintwardine  Damaged road surface  Closed

C1017  Adforton – Burrington   Flooding  Closed

C1036  Kingsland village  Flooding  Passable with extreme care

C1039  Kingsland - Yarpole  Flooding  Passable with extreme care

C1086  Kinnersley  Flooding  Passable with care

C1112  A49 to Stoke Prior  Flooding  Passable with care

C1115  Shortwood Farm, Little Cowarne  Damaged road surface  Closed

C1120  Marden - Moreton on Lugg  Flooding  Closed

C1122  Marden to A49  Flooding  Closed

C1125  Wergins Bridge - Sutton St Nicholas  Flooding  Closed

C1149  Watery Lane, Yarkhill  Flooding  Closed

C1196  Madley  Flooding  Closed

C1221  Kingstone  Flooding  Closed

C1258  Huntsman Bridge, Goodrich  Flooding  Closed

C1260  Goodrich  Fallen tree  Closed

C1261  Hoarwithy Road, Hoarwithy*  Flooding  Closed

C1267  Carey - Hoarwithy  Flooding  Closed

C1268  Holme Lacy Road, Rotherwas  Damaged road surface  Closed

U71000  Tresseck Mill Road, Hoarwithy  Flooding  Closed

U71006  Foy (near Strangford Tip)  Collapsed road  Closed to HGVs

U71015  Winters Cross, Glewstone  Damaged road surface  Closed

U72015  Lower Bullingham Lane/Watery Lane  Flooding  Closed

U72201  Church Lane, Hampton Bishop  Flooding  Closed

U72621  Litmarsh Lane, Marden*  Tree down with power cables  Closed

U72627  Ford Lane, Wellington  Flooding  Closed

U73211  Shenmore Village  Tree down  Closed

U91200  The Yeld, Kington  Land slip  Closed

U92206  Paytoe Lane, Leintwardine  Flooding  Closed

U92210  Jays Lane, Leintwardine  Flooding  Closed

U93605  Newton Lane, Ivington  Flooding  Closed

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Hereford Times:

MP Jesse Norman has been out and about helping residents affected by flooding in the county.

Yesterday the MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire assisted residents in the village of Lea, near Ross-on-Wye, after torrential rain led to flooding and a temporary closure of the A40.

He was joined by Councillors Harry Bramer and Andrew Atkinson who helped arrange a meeting in the village led by the Environment Agency's Geoff Woodyatt.

The meeting discussed immediate steps required to clear foul water from the area, as well as medium-term measures to improve drainage, and longer term plans.

Later in the day the Environment Agency sent a tanker which cleared 14,000 gallons of foul water. The tanker will be on site again today.

Herefordshire Council has also deployed its contractors Balfour Beatty to clear gullies and drains, in preparation for further rainstorms.

Jesse said: "Residents have had to struggle with rain and contaminated local water for weeks, and I am delighted that Welsh Water, Herefordshire Council and the Environment Agency have now stepped in vigorously to help them.

"This really shows the power of working together.

"The key is now to maintain momentum, get through the next few weeks, and then push on to a long-term solution to these protracted problems."

Hereford Times:

11:19am

Janet Gardner posted this picture to our Facebook page of soldiers and community support officers in Hampton Bishop this morning.

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DAD-of-two James Harrison likes to build things, and he pushed his hobby to new limits by building a submarine for his two-year-old twins Monty and Hector - a Yellow Submarine.

Made out of an LPG tank and materials sourced from all over the county, the submarine joins a speed boat in the Harrison household.

James said: “I just love to build and collect wacky things. They’re just fun to mess around with.”

 

The 41-year-old added: “The kids absolutely love playing around with it, they think it’s great.”

The submarine comes complete with portholes and a propeller, which will come in handy for James’ next development.

 

He said: “I am going to attempt to seal up the submarine and make it watertight so that it can actually go underwater. You never know – if it carries on raining we might just need to use it.”

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Some useful advice here

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The Hereford Times understands that soldiers are expecting to be here helping with the flood effort until Tuesday.

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The army is looking to set up a temporary home in the TA Centre as soldiers continue to help those affected by flooding in Herefordshire.

9:59am

The Army will today be helping out residents in Hampton Bishop, Leintwardine, Madley, Vowchurch and Moreton-on-Lugg. These are considered the areas most in need of their help.

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Road closures as of 9.30am

A4110  Adforton - Leintwardine  Flooding  Closed

A4110  Portway  Flooding  Passable with care

A4113  Walford to Leintwardine  Flooding  Passable with care

A438  Bridge Sollers - The Weir  Flooding  Passable with care

A49  Dinmore Hill - Northbound  Tree partially blocking road  Passable with care

B4224  Hampton Bishop  Flooding  Closed

B4348  Vowchurch  Land slide  Passable with care

B4348  Bull Ring, Kingstone  Flooding  Closed

B4348  Winnal - Kingstone  Flooding  Passable with care

B4352  Tyberton  Flooding  Passable with care

B4362  Coombe between Byton - Presteigne (this affects the junction with

C1007)*  Flooding  Passable with care

C1001  Buckton  Flooding  Passable with care

C1014  Trippleton Lane, Leintwardine  Damaged road surface  Closed

C1017  Adforton – Burrington   Flooding  Closed

C1036  Kingsland village  Flooding  Passable with extreme care

C1039  Kingsland - Yarpole*  Flooding  Passable with extreme care

C1086  Kinnersley  Flooding  Passable with care

C1112  A49 to Stoke Prior*  Flooding  Passable with care

C1115  Shortwood Farm, Little Cowarne  Damaged road surface  Closed

C1120  Marden - Moreton on Lugg  Flooding  Closed

C1122  Marden to A49  Flooding  Closed

C1125  Wergins Bridge - Sutton St Nicholas  Flooding  Closed

C1149  Watery Lane, Yarkhill  Flooding  Closed

C1196  Madley  Flooding  Closed

C1221  Kingstone  Flooding  Closed

C1258  Huntsman Bridge, Goodrich  Flooding  Closed

C1260  Goodrich  Fallen tree  Closed

C1261  Red Rail Road, Hoarwithy  Flooding  Closed

C1267  Carey - Hoarwithy  Flooding  Closed

C1268  Holme Lacy Road, Rotherwas  Damaged road surface  Closed

U71000  Tresseck Mill Road, Hoarwithy  Flooding  Closed

U71006  Foy (near Strangford Tip)  Collapsed road  Closed to HGVs

U71015  Winters Cross, Glewstone  Damaged road surface  Closed

U72015  Lower Bullingham Lane/Watery Lane  Flooding  Closed

U72201  Church Lane, Hampton Bishop  Flooding  Closed

U72627  Ford Lane, Wellington  Flooding  Closed

U73211  Shenmore Village  Tree down  Closed

U91200  The Yeld, Kington  Land slip  Closed

U92206  Paytoe Lane, Leintwardine  Flooding  Closed

U92210  Jays Lane, Leintwardine  Flooding  Closed

U93605  Newton Lane, Ivington  Flooding  Closed

9:35am

Will Cheshire sent us these pictures on Facebook.

This picture shows the field next to Kings Acre caravan park.

Hereford Times:

This picture shows the caravan park.

Hereford Times:

9:27am

9:24am

Becky Palmer also sent us this picture of her fiancé, Steven Jones, playing in the floods - thanks, keep them coming! Hereford Times:

9:21am

9:13am

School closures as recorded on Herefordshire Council's website:

Westfield School, Leominster

Peterchurch Primary School

Wigmore High School and Primary School

Fairfield High School

Kingstone High School and Primary School is to close at 12.30pm today

Let us know of anymore

9:12am

Westfield School in Leominster is closed today due to today's forecast of heavy rain.
Staff able to get to school safely, are asked to contact their teacher.
 

9:09am

Some useful information from Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service on using generators for pumping out flood water safely:
 

Business and home owners affected by the floods are being urged not to use petrol or diesel water pumps in confined spaces as they can pose a significant safety risk and as has happened in the past, can lead to a loss of life.

Petrol or diesel fuelled generators used to power water pumps or other flood recovery devices such as dehumidifiers or fans, which can be used following flooding will give off a variety of toxic gases including carbon monoxide fumes.

These fumes can overcome people in the building or near vicinity if used in an enclosed space.

Area Commander Jon Pryce, Head of Operations for Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Whilst we completely understand that people will want to remove floodwater from their properties, pumps and other machinery powered by petrol or diesel are designed for outdoor use. This is because they emit hazardous carbon monoxide fumes. We would urge people not to use them inside buildings or in areas without adequate ventilation.”

Signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure:

 

The signs or symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure copy many common illnesses and can easily be confused with flu or simple tiredness.

At low levels, carbon monoxide exposure may cause poor concentration, memory and vision problems, and loss of muscle coordination and can have an accumulative effect poisoning the individual over a period of hours or even days.

At higher levels, it may cause headaches, fatigue, vomiting and nausea. At very high levels, the symptoms intensify and it can prove fatal within a matter of hours.

As a precaution we recommend the use of battery powered carbon monoxide detectors which look similar to smoke detectors and can be easily purchased and fitted by anyone.

 

8:59am

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8:41am

THE military have been called in to help people in the areas of the county worst affected by the floods.

Soldiers will today accompany other agencies in visiting people and properties thought to be vulnerable and help them in any way they can, whether by evacuating them from their homes or delivering sandbags.

They will also provide additional 4x4s as well as specialist vehicles that can drive through up to 1.5m of water.

8:33am

This picture was taken by Becky Palmer yesterday at midday. No such luck of getting any of that sunshine today!

Hereford Times:

8:31am

The River Wye from Hereford to Ross-on-Wye remains on Flood Alert this morning.

8:29am

8:28am

Today's weather forecast for the West Midlands area from the Met Office:

Turning wet and very windy with gales.

Today:

Dry at first, but rather cloudy and turning wet and windy through the morning as rain spreads northwards, some heavy rain at times. The rain will become more showery through the afternoon as winds increase further bringing gales. Maximum Temperature 9 °C.

Tonight:

Very windy with gales coupled with further showers or longer periods of rain. Later in the night the showers should start to become less frequent but with winds staying strong. Minimum Temperature 4 °C.

Saturday:

Strong winds, perhaps gale force initially, will slowly lessen through the day. Scattered, blustery showers will also ease but could still be heavy at times, some bright spells. Maximum Temperature 7 °C.

8:05am

A message from Superintendent Ivan Powell of West Mercia Police:

I am the policing area commander for Herefordshire but am writing to you in my capacity as “silver commander” of the multi-agency response to the current adverse weather and flooding.

In situations such as those we face now, staff from Herefordshire Council, the Environment Agency, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue service, West Midlands Ambulance Service and West Mercia Police meet regularly to agree necessary joint or single agency actions. This is described as a silver co-ordinating group. I chair these meetings and see regular updates on what each agency is doing to keep local people safe.

Most people will not be aware of the activity these agencies are undertaking. Over the past few days we have been involved in practical tasks such as the supply of sandbags and the removal of fallen trees and in making plans for specific areas such as yesterday when we were making plans in the event of a need to evacuate a residential home.

We also work hard to ensure that you and your neighbours have the support and information you need to remain resilient throughout the severe weather we are experiencing. Herefordshire has very strong communities and I know that people are looking out for their neighbours across the county.

All of the local public services have plans and procedures in place for flooding and severe weather. I want to reassure you that we are working together effectively to keep people safe and to ensure that disruption is kept to an absolute minimum.

I am very pleased that Herefordshire will benefit from assistance from the military from tomorrow (Friday 14 February 2014). They will provide additional 4x4s as well as specialist vehicles that can drive through up to 1.5m of water.

They will not only provide logistical support but help increase the visible presence on the ground, which I know local residents find very reassuring. They will support other agencies with visits to people and properties that are thought be vulnerable and helping them in any way they can.
 

 

8:01am

7:59am

Road closures as of 8am

A4110  Adforton - Leintwardine  Flooding  Closed

A4110  Portway  Flooding  Passable with care

A4113  Walford to Leintwardine  Flooding  Passable with care

A438  Bridge Sollers - The Weir  Flooding  Passable with care

A49  Dinmore Hill - Northbound  Tree partially blocking road  Passable with care

B4224  Hampton Bishop  Flooding  Closed

B4348  Vowchurch  Land slide  Passable with care

B4348  Bull Ring, Kingstone  Flooding  Closed

B4348  Winnal - Kingstone  Flooding  Passable with care

B4352  Tyberton  Flooding  Passable with care

B4362  Coombe between Byton - Presteigne (this affects the junction with

C1007)  Flooding  Closed

C1001  Buckton  Flooding  Passable with care

C1014  Trippleton Lane, Leintwardine  Damaged road surface  Closed

C1017  Adforton – Burrington   Flooding  Closed

C1036  Kingsland village  Flooding  Passable with extreme care

C1039  Kingsland - Yarpole  Flooding  Closed

C1086  Kinnersley  Flooding  Passable with care

C1112  A49 to Stoke Prior  Flooding  Closed

C1115  Shortwood Farm, Little Cowarne  Damaged road surface  Closed

C1120  Marden - Moreton on Lugg  Flooding  Closed

C1122  Marden to A49  Flooding  Closed

C1125  Wergins Bridge - Sutton St Nicholas  Flooding  Closed

C1149  Watery Lane, Yarkhill  Flooding  Closed

C1196  Madley  Flooding  Closed

C1221  Kingstone  Flooding  Closed

C1258  Huntsman Bridge, Goodrich  Flooding  Closed

C1260  Goodrich  Fallen tree  Closed

C1261  Red Rail Road, Hoarwithy  Flooding  Closed

C1267  Carey - Hoarwithy  Flooding  Closed

C1268  Holme Lacy Road, Rotherwas  Damaged road surface  Closed

U71000  Tresseck Mill Road, Hoarwithy  Flooding  Closed

U71006  Foy (near Strangford Tip)  Collapsed road  Closed to HGVs

U71015  Winters Cross, Glewstone  Damaged road surface  Closed

U72015  Lower Bullingham Lane/Watery Lane  Flooding  Closed

U72201  Church Lane, Hampton Bishop  Flooding  Closed

U72627  Ford Lane, Wellington  Flooding  Closed

U73211  Shenmore Village  Tree down  Closed

U91200  The Yeld, Kington  Land slip  Closed

U92206  Paytoe Lane, Leintwardine  Flooding  Closed

U92210  Jays Lane, Leintwardine  Flooding  Closed

U93605  Newton Lane, Ivington  Flooding  Closed

 

7:53am

More bad weather is expected to batter the county today. We will be here to bring you the latest news and pictures on the floods.

Send us your stories and pictures to ljo@herefordtimes.com, to Hereford Times on Facebook or via Twitter @HTnewsroom.

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