Residents in Hereford face an anxious wait today, with the River Wye continuing to rise in the city, with it expected to peak later on this evening.

The concern follows the fact that predicted peak levels at both Hay-on-Wye and Bredwardine have been exceeded overnight. The Environment Agency had predicted a peak level in Hay-on-Wye of 3.5 – 3.8 metres. The river actually peaked at a level of 4.4 metres during the early hours. In Bredwardine, a peak level of 5 – 6 metres was predicted, but the river is currently at 6.5 metres and rising. This has led to fears that the predicted peak level in Hereford of 4.8 – 5.3 metres could be exceeded.

The current level of the River Wye at Old Bridge in Hereford is 4.9 metres at 7am.

Flood Warnings remain in place between Hay-on-Wye and Ross-on-Wye, including Hereford City and Rotherwas.

The A438 at Letton is blocked by floodwater, as is Watery Lane in Hereford. All riverside paths in Hereford are currently blocked by floodwater and will remain so throughout today.

We expect the Environment Agency to issue an update shortly.