Dramatic footage reveals the extent of flooding plaguing the city of Worcester

Dramatic aerial pictures reveal the shocking extent of flooding in the city of Worcester with every sports field and most roads under several feet of water.

The River Severn reached its highest ever level of 5.77m (19ft) on Thursday (27/2) after another night of heavy rain - with more downfalls forecast over the next few days.

Aerial snaps of the city show Worcestershire Country Cricket ground and several rugby and football pitches flooded.

Only the tops of goal posts were visible on several pitches near the River Severn illustrating the depth of the water.

Dave Throup, Environment Agency manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, said 500 tonnes of water - the equivalent to six HGVs - was flowing through the city every second.

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Ironbridge residents urged to leave homes as flood barriers overwhelmed
Ironbridge residents urged to leave homes as flood barriers overwhelmed
Temporary flood barriers which have been moved by the River Severn towards the Wharfage in Ironbridge, Shropshire. Police have advised people to leave their homes after the barriers moved nearer to properties.
The scene in Ironbridge, Shropshire, where residents in riverside properties have been told to leave their homes and businesses immediately, after temporary flood barriers holding back the floodwater from the River Severn moved overnight and appeared to be buckling under the pressure.
The Boat Inn in Jackfield near Ironbridge, Shropshire, floodwaters have reached the highest levels in memory as the River Severn remains high, with warnings of further flooding across the UK. See PA story WEATHER Storm. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire
A flood-hit property at Ironbridge in Shropshire as due in Ironbridge, Shropshire. The Environment Agency said the river reached a level of around 6.8 metres at Ironbridge overnight.
The Boat Inn in Jackfield near Ironbridge, Shropshire, floodwaters have reached the highest levels in memory as the River Severn remains high, with warnings of further flooding across the UK. See PA story WEATHER Storm. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Temporary flood barriers on the Wharfage in Ironbridge, Shropshire, as the River Severn remains high, with warnings of further flooding across the UK. See PA story WEATHER Storm. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Vic Haddock's boathouse in Ironbridge, Shropshire, is partially submerged as the River Severn remains high, with warnings of further flooding across the UK. See PA story WEATHER Storm. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Temporary flood barriers hold back the river Severn in Ironbridge, Shropshire, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
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Ade Cartwright, 50, and his family were forced to leave their home in Diglis Avenue when it became apparent they would flood again.

He said: "My wife and I left, along with most of the neighbours. The city council have put us up in the Fownes Hotel.

"We are managing but it is difficult living in one room together, 24 hours a day.

"Last weekend it came into the house, luckily we were prepared, once the water receded we managed to clear it up with a few friends within four hours.

"Now it has happened again we have decided to leave.

"We can't do anything until the levels drop and I don't envisage that happening until the weekend.

"The floodwater is also creeping closer to homes in Severn Terrace where a large number of elderly people live.

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