FLOOD warnings remain in place for southern areas of Worcester despite a cease in rainfall.

Four flood warnings, where "immediate action is required", are still live in the county, most notably running alongside the Worcester Road south of Powick heading in between Callow End and Kempsey.

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The Flood Information Service said: "River levels remain high but are falling slowly at the Kempsey Yacht Club river gauge as a result of recent heavy rainfall.

"Consequently, flooding of property, roads and farmland is expected to continue for the next few days. We expect flooding to affect Court Meadow Caravan Park.

"A peak at Kempsey Yacht Club of 6.94m occurred on Monday, December 28. No significant rainfall is expected over the next few days but there is a risk of some wintry showers.

"We expect river levels to remain high for the next few days. We are closely monitoring the situation and our incident response staff are checking defences.

"Please avoid contact with flood water, avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers which may be flooded."

Seven flood alerts, where the public is urged to "be prepared", are in place across the county with parts of Kempsey which are not subject to the warning, including Squires Walk in the area of the Hatfield Brook, still expected to suffer some flooding.

On the River Severn, problems could still affect areas between Highley and Tewkesbury, including Stourport, Holt Fleet, Worcester, Severn Stoke, Upton, South Quay, Diglis Parade and Hylton Road towpath. Flooded drains may affect the racecourse and the county cricket ground at New Road.

On the River Avon in Worcestershire, river levels continue to fall slowly at Bredon with flooding of roads and farmland "expected to continue" on low-lying land and roads adjacent to the River Avon from Abbotts Salford to Tewkesbury. Other locations that may be affected include Offenham, Evesham and Twyning.

Levels across the board are said to have peaked on Monday.

Fortunes for those in the problem areas in Upton-upon-Severn could be about to change, though, with the flood alert there removed by experts this morning.

"River levels have now fallen below the flood risk threshold," said the Flood Information Service but "flooding may still affect roads and low-lying land."

Road closures remain in place on the back of flooding in the Upton area but Hanley Road has reopened.