FLOODING caused major disruption across Worcestershire as Storm Dennis raged across the weekend.

Heavy rain, rising river levels and flash flooding closed multiple roads across the county while people said their homes, gardens and businesses had been flooded.

The emergency services declared a 'major incident' with severe flooding in Tenbury Wells described as being 'a danger to life.' 130 homes in Tenbury Wells were evacuated as severe flood warnings were put in place for the River Teme in Eardiston, Tenbury Wells and Burford.

Although Storm Dennis had begun to pass over last night, the aftermath of the flooding was due to carry on causing problems today.

Environment Agency manager Dave Throup said: "Severe flooding is set to continue through Monday. The conditions by our rivers and on our roads are extreme and dangerous.

"I predict it will only get worse in many areas. Please don’t travel unless necessary and heed advice and warnings of emergency services."

In Worcester, the A449 between Claines and Ombersley was closed both due to flash flooding on Sunday.

While a rising river Teme saw temporary lights installed on the A449 at the Powick roundabout.

The river Severn burst its banks leading to flooding along the riverside in the city by Browns and the Diglis Hotel.

And people living in St John's and Kempsey said their gardens had filled with water running off nearby roads and fields.

While the A44 Bromyard Road was also severely flooded and a rise in water levels at Laugherne Brook led to flooding in Oldbury Road. The Martley Road, from Lower Broadheath to Worcester, was underwater and impassable at several points.

Shane Cotterrell, 45, said his garden in St John's was flooded, and added: "There are people far worse off than us. I'm safe knowing the water level is still around six feet lower than my back door and won't reach it. I pity those already flooded."

Steve Edrop, chef at the Fox Inn, at Bransford, said he and others had been forced to barricade the front of the pub with sandbags to try and hold back the rising water.

He said: "Water is rising steadily here at Bransford. We have barricaded the pubs frontage with sandbags.

"However, we are concerned the water will enter the pub at some point today as it’s risen a foot in the last two hours.

"Low clearance cars won’t be able to drive through that depth. I live on site with another member of staff. We can leave , but need to stay and stop water coming in at the moment.

"The pub is dry for now, but water is coming through the first barricade and on to the porch.

"We’ll be fine, plenty of food and beer here!"

A similar picture was seen across the county with multiple roads flooded including Westwood Way, in Droitwich, Hanley Road, in Upton on Severn, and parts of New Street in Upton.

The M5 was brought to a standstill in Worcestershire this morning as flood water poured on to the carriageway from fields.

The flooding affected the northbound motorway between junction five for Droitwich and junction 4a for the M42.

There were 39 flood warnings and 30 flood alerts in Worcestershire on Sunday along with two severe flood warnings at Tenbury Wells and Burford and Eardiston.

West Midlands Ambulance Service also increased it’s state of readiness in light of the flooding.

All of the Trust’s 30 4×4 ambulances were available to respond to incidents along with specialist resources including the Hazardous Area Response Team who have specific training in working in water.

River levels were expected to peak last night.

Today, a yellow weather warning for rain looks set to miss Worcestershire and it is expected to be sunny with light rain later on.