FLOOD alerts are still in force along the River Severn through Worcester as more rainfall is expected over the next couple of days.

The Environment Agency is reporting that locations in the city that may be affected include South Quay, Diglis Parade and the Hylton Road towpath.

Flooding from drains may also be affecting the racecourse and the Worcestershire county cricket ground at New Road.

Outside the city, the flooding is likely to affect Holt Fleet, Kempsey, Severn Stoke and Upton upon Severn.

River levels have risen at the Kempsey Yacht Club river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall.

Flooding is also affecting low-lying land and roads near the river from Highley to Tewkesbury.

Worcester’s river gauge peaked on Monday at 3.64 metres. The same day, Diglis peaked at 3.4 metres and Kempsey Yacht Club peaked at 5.67 metres.

The gauge at Saxon’s Lode, near Upton, peaked at 4.33m overnight between Monday and Tuesday.

An Environment Agency spokesman said: “Forecast rainfall may cause river levels to rise again.

“We expect river levels to remain high for the next few days.

“We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences

“Please avoid using low-lying footpaths near local watercourses.”

The Met Office is forecasting that today (Wednesday), the weather in the West Midlands will be looking mainly dry with sunny spells but with some showers possible in the north. The winds will ease considerably, which may make it feel slightly less cold.

On Thursday, heavy rain will push in from the south, but on Friday only scattered showers remain.

Dave Throup of the environment Agency said: “Well above average rain amounts for the last 6-12 months across the whole of the Midlands have left ground saturated and rivers full.

“This is why our local rivers are responding so fast to modest amounts of rainfall.”