SALT has been rubbed into the wounds of people and businesses in Tenbury.

It comes at a time when after a long period of dry and sunny weather the rain is returning.

When Tenbury was last hit by serious flooding it happened in the summer.

Records show that August and September can be extremely wet months and summer floods are not unusual.

Throughout the winter and spring, Worcestershire County Council and their contractors have been working to raise the A4104 in Upton-Upon-Severn to reduce the impact of flooding events in future.

These works have also seen other improvements made in the area in addition to the flood alleviation works.

“Whilst the main aim of the scheme in Upton has always been to raise the road to reduce the likelihood of future flooding, we’re proud to have been able to deliver additional improvements to the area,” said Tony Miller, Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for the environment.

“Phase one and two of the scheme, which we managed to complete ahead of schedule, has seen the installation of a new dedicated right hand turn into the Marina, new wider footpaths, upgraded street lighting and a newly resurfaced and white lined stretch of raised road. All of which are a big benefit to the area.”

In 2007, Upton upon Severn was so badly hit by flooding, it was reduced to an island. More recently in 2014, the A4104 road had to be closed for several days due to flooding and the only way to access the town was by boat or army truck.

In Tenbury homes and businesses were flooded and some shops were closed for months when the last major floods hit the town a decade ago.

Harriett Baldwin, whose West Worcestershire constituency includes Tenbury, has pledged to try to bring a flood protection scheme to the town.

Under Government rules, the Environment Agency say that the cost of a scheme for Tenbury, estimated at £5 million, 10 years ago cannot be justified.

Alternative options have been considered including a partial protection scheme, but experts say that this could protect one part of the town at the expense of another.

Options such as lowering the river bed and creating a storage area upstream of Tenbury have been ruled out as not being practical.

Tenbury’s former Mayor Mark Willis has said that it is a case of when rather than if the town is flooded again.