FLOOD warnings which have been in place in the city since the start of the month have been downgraded, as levels on the River Severn continue to fall.
The river in Barbourne measured 4.38 metres at 3pm today more than 1.3 metres lower than last Wednesday (February 12) when the Severn peaked at record heights flooding dozens of homes and businesses.
The clean up operation is now in full swing as residents return to their properties and council workers get rid of the river debris left on roads and riverbanks.
Worcestershire Silver Tactical Coordinating group, which was managing the response, met for the final time today and the recovery group will manage the clean-up.
It will still involve numerous agencies and be chaired by Patrick Birch, Worcestershire County Council’s director of resources directorate.
Supt Kevin Purcell, Speaking on behalf of the Silver Tactical Co-ordinating group, said: “I would like to personally thank everyone who has worked tirelessly over the last couple of weeks to ensure public safety and keep the county moving.
“We have seen some great successes including the Military shuttle truck operation in Upton-upon-Severn and the County Council putting in place solutions to keep the traffic moving across the bridge in Worcester City Centre.
“There have also been some wonderful examples of local people pulling together and helping each other out.”
Patrick Birch, recovery group chair also paid tribute to the efforts so far. “As we move into the next phase of flood plan, the recovery period, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for their efforts and support so far,” he said.
“The multi-agency approach has been professional and well-coordinated, which has worked extremely well.
“We will now build on this with the recovery phase which will still require huge efforts over the coming weeks and months.
“We will continue with the multi-agency approach and draw on our previous experiences to make support available as quickly as possible where it is needed.
“We are, in 2014, much better placed to assist people and businesses and a have strategy in place for a planned return to normal.”