In pictures: Aerial images reveal the extent of flood devastation as River Severn bursts its banks

Joe GampContributor, Yahoo News UK
Yahoo News UK

Aerial pictures reveal the damage caused by flooding in the city of Worcester and the surrounding county of Worcestershire - with public spaces, sports grounds and residential areas submerged in water.

The River Severn burst its banks after reaching its highest ever level of 5.77m (19ft) on Thursday after several nights of heavy rain - with more downfalls forecast across ‘ten days of difficulty’.

New pictures show Worcestershire Country Cricket ground and several rugby and football pitches flooded, as well as a branch of McDonald’s turned into an island by surrounding flood water.

The Herefordshire and Worcestershire Environment Agency said 500 tonnes of water – the equivalent to six HGVs – was flowing through the city every second.

Meanwhile in Ironbridge a severe danger to life notification remains in place after dozens of residents were evacuated when flood barriers buckled under the force of the water.

Several bridges and barriers are also due to be inspected by Shropshire Council over fears the floods have eroded them, as Storm Gorge - the third named storm of 2020 - approaches this weekend.

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Some residents have been evacuated as the River Severn continues to swell due to the huge amount of rainwater flowing into it.
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Barriers put up in the town of Ironbridge are struggling to hold back the water, with some seeping underneath.
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A McDonalds restaurant is cut off by surrounding by water.
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An Aerial view of flooding in Worcester. There have already been evacuations in Shropshire and the rest of Worcestershire.
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New Road cricket ground, the home of Worcestershire County Cricket Club, is filled up by flood water.
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Aerial view of flooding in Worcester on Thursday after the River Severn burst it's banks. People in the Midlands and Wales have been told to prepare for another "ten days" of "difficult conditions".
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Some residents have been evacuated as the River Severn continues to swell due to the huge amount of rainwater flowing into it.
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Barriers put up in the town of Ironbridge are struggling to hold back the water, with some seeping underneath.
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Aerial view of flooding in Severn Stoke shows the extent of the wet weather on the local area.
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A farm is surrounded by floodwater. Worcester City Council said they did not provide sandbags because they were not effective in protecting against floods.
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Water is seen overflowing on to land from the River Severn. The River Severn reached its highest ever level of 5.77m (19ft) on Thursday.
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Aerial view of the River Severn looking down towards the Severn Bridge from Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.
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Flooding submerges the city of Worcester as the spire of St Andrew's Church looms in the background.
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Flooding has consumed Severn Stoke just south of Worcester after the River Severn has broken it's banks.
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Streets have turned into rivers near Worcester Cathedral.
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