Floods in Birmingham and the Black Country

After the wettest June on record - the Environment agency is now warning us of the highest risk of flooding so-far.

Two bands of torrential rain are moving across the UK - including the West Midlands - on Friday 6th July and throughout the weekend, while more than 80 flood alerts have been issued.

Flooding hit parts of the West Midlands following downpours in the region on Thursday 28th of June

A man in his 60s died after being swept away by floodwater near Ludlow, Shropshire, West Mercia Police said.

Meanwhile, the A38 Aston Expressway in Birmingham was closed in both directions at Lancaster Circus because the drainage systems were overwhelmed by rainfall. 

West Midlands fire service were called to nearly 300 flooding incidents in an hour and a half during the morning.

They included major flooding at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton and the rescue of two elderly women trapped in car.

There were also seven flood warnings in place for the Midlands, and 48 less serious flood alerts across the Midlands, the north east and the north west of England.

The Environment agency is warning people not to go out or drive in flooded areas as they could be dangerous.