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Flood-hit regional daily sets up live blog

A regional daily whose own office was affected by the weekend’s flooding set up a live blog to report on the problems caused by the weather across its county.

The Worcester News is based just 80 yards away from the waters of the River Severn and the recent heavy rain caused the road outside to be flooded, cutting off the front of the offices, pictured below.

Journalists at the title put all hands to the pump to report on the problems which caused problems across Worcestershire, with all the rivers breaking their banks and farmland and roads being blocked.

The paper immediately set up a live blog to keep readers informed about the rapidly-changing situation and reporters and photographers donned their wellies to patrol the county, covering major stories as they happened.

The title has also put together an eight-page supplement for Tuesday’s paper which contains more than 100 images of the flooding, some of which were sent in by readers.

Worcester News editor Peter John said: “We’ve got almost as much experience here of floods as Noah and our very watertight ship meant we could bring the public the best possible service, in words, pictures and information, in a way no other media outlet could match.”
Previously, bad weather has caused swans floating up to the front doors of the title’s headquarters and on occasions printed papers have had to be carried by hand up a steep path at the rear because the waiting dispatch vans could not get through at the front.

The heavy rain caused flooding across many parts of the UK, with Devon and Cornwall particularly badly hit, along with parts of Wiltshire and Worcestershire.


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