Weather warning for rush hour tonight

By Harriet Ernstsons Wednesday 21 November 2012 Updated: 23/11 10:46

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TORRENTIAL downpours are predicted to hit the area at rush hour this afternoon.

The Met Office is forecasting 20mm will fall from 5pm tonight (Thursday) along with winds of up to 70mph.

Drivers are being warned to take extra care as it is likely that windscreen wipers will not be effective, reducing visibility and there will be a lot of standing water on the roads, as well as localised flooding.

The borough is still dealing with the impact of Wednesday's (November 21) deluge which saw 29.2mm of rain fall in Redditch - almost half of the average rainfall for the whole of November.

It caused Feckenham First School to close due to safety concerns about surrounding roads which were flooded and there were reports of drivers being left stranded and having to be rescued.

Other roads were also closed by Worcestershire County Council including Holloway Lane in Lodge Park, Astwood Lane in Feckenham, Peterbrook Road in Wythall and Icknield Street at the junction of Primrose Hill in Alvechurch.

Holloway Lane, Icknield Street at the junction of Primrose Hill in Alvechurch and Fox Hill, also in the village, remain closed today (Thursday).

Some drivers have been ignoring road closures and are risking putting themselves and others in danger.

In light of travel disruption, West Mercia Police and the Safer Roads Partnership are urging motorists driving through larger puddles or smaller areas of standing water to progress slowly and steadily, allowing oncoming traffic to pass and always testing their brakes after leaving the water.

Headlights must be used and drivers should leave a bigger gap between them and the car in front to allow extra time for stopping.

On the advice of The AA, anyone who breaks down in heavy rain, should try and get the car to a safe and visible place, call for roadside assistance and wait for help to arrive.

On encountering a flooded section, motorists are advised not to attempt to drive through flood water, as it will be impossible to predict how deep it is.

Vicki Bristow from the Safer Roads Partnership comments: "We are urging all motorists to exercise caution in these conditions, use common sense and follow our simple advice.

"Localised flooding still exists in places and the current forecast is predicting more of the same so our advice is to stay alert to local weather and news reports and if your area is experiencing flooding it's advisable to leave any non essential travel until any flooding has subsided."

Up to date flood information is available by calling Floodline on 0845 988 1188. Visit www.hwfire.org.uk for more advice.

The 247 bus service between Redditch and Evesham is also only running to Bidford.

Up to date flood information is available by calling Floodline on 0845 988 1188. Visit www.hwfire.org.uk for more advice.

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