FLOOD barriers have been deployed in Bewdley following a forecast of heavy rainfall over the next few days.

River Severn levels continue to rise in Wyre Forest following a flood warning set by the Environment Agency.

Barriers were put up on Severnside North earlier today, with the river levels currently around 3.5m high.

Dave Throup, Environment Agency manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, said in a video posted on Twitter: "We are putting them up in anticipation of forecast rain we are expecting to get over the next 48 hours or so.

"It is quite incredible how fast the Severn does rise here. The level now is probably about three and a half metres.

"You can come up a metre or a metre and a half very quickly indeed."

He added: "If it wasn't for our defences it would be going into town now."

River levels may rise further and are expected to remain high over the next few days.

A tweet by Wyre Forest District Council says that sandbags are available at Vale Road, Stourport, Gardners Meadow, Bewdley and The Depot at Green Street, Kidderminster.