Ten pictures (and a video) that tell the story of the 2014 Worcestershire floods

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  • Worcestershire was hit this month by the worst flooding since 2007. With the water receding (for now) I've chosen these pictures not necessarily because they are the best we've seen over the last few weeks, but because I think they capture most aptly the big themes of the flooding.

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So those are my choices.

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And thanks, incidentally, to eveyone who sent tweets and pictures to our floods coverage. Yours contributions have been inspiring!

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11. BEAUTY: And finally the video. It was shot by Crazy High, and as well as showing the devastating scale of the flooding it is also hauntingly beautiful.

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10. A HERO: Worcestershire has many people to thank for their work in helping protect us and inform us about the flooding. But throughout it all one man's name has stood out: Dave Throup of the Environment Agency. His mastery of social media helped keep thousands of people informed day and night, weekday and weekend. His efforts became so appreciated that he earned himself his own fan club.

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9. FUN: Although the flooding brought misery to some, to others it was an opportunity for fun. You can see more pictures posted by Alec Foster of wakeboarding on Pitchcroft here.

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8. PHOTOGRAPHS: One of the most remarkable facets of the flooding was the way it encouraged hundreds of people to take photographs and share them via social media and through the Worcester News, which showcases many of them in its Worcestershire Floods 2014 picture gallery. This freaky 360-degree view of the Old Mill at Powick was taken by Robert Bilsland. You can see more of his pictures here.

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7. TROOPS CALLED IN: The scale of the flooding resulted in troops being called in to help. They received a warm welcome from local people, who were deeply reassured by their presence. Worcester News chief photographer John Anyon took this fabulous photograph of soldiers from the Royal Irish Regiment giving families a closer look at one of their vehicles.

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6. RESCUES: My sympathies to those people whose homes were affected by flooding, including the elderly residents of John Gwynn House near Worcester Bridge. This dramatic picture of their evacuation was taken by Worcester News picture editor Jonathan Barry and showcased to magnificent effect on the newspaper's front page.

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5. GOOD NEWS: With so much doom and gloom around it was understandable that some of the positive stories were underplayed. Upton, in particular, was once a town prone to devastating damage from flooding. But the new defences installed after 2007 had their biggest test this month. And passed with flying colours. Upton stayed safe.

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4. DETERMINATION: The disruption was potentially devastating for businesses in Worcester city centre. Their response was innovative and inspiring. A social media campaign using the hashtag #Open4Business was backed by the Worcester News and proclaimed loud and clear that the city's traders were still welcoming customers.

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3. GOOD SPIRITS: With Worcester Bridge and the Sabrina pedestrian bridge closed the only way for commuters to get across the river was on a free shuttle bus service. Far from being unsettled by the change to their usual routine, commuters by and large bore the inconvenience with good humour.

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2. DISRUPTION: The floods brought widespread chaos to the roads network, particularly when the authorities were forced to close Worcester Bridge and nearby routes. One of the main traffic pinchpoints was at Powick roundabout on Worcester's southern link road, where streams of traffic from Malvern and the M5 met.

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1. SCALE: As the Severn rose and broke its fragile banks water flooded across acres of countryside. High winds at times whipped the muddy-brown water into waves that tore across lakes that had once been fields. Dave Grubb's photo was taken from St Andrew's spire in Worcester and showed just how much of the city had succumbed to the deluge.

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