Four-hundred sandbags were put down in Shipston-on-Stour as a precautionary measure, and residents in the town watched the flood slowly creep up from the river.

The Environment Agency issued a red flood warning for the River Stour from Tredington to Clifford Chambers, and Roger Booth, who moved into The Old Mill in Shipston just ten days ago was forced to move upstairs after his new property flooded.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Cottage Lane in Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Shipston-on-Stour was flooded this afternoon as the River Stour burst its banks.

Several schools were closed because of the floods, including Wellesbourne Primary School, Welcombe Hills School in Stratford-upon-Avon, Tysoe Primary School, Shipston Primary School, River House School in Henley-in-Arden, Newbold and Tredington Primary School, Haselor School in Alcester, Great Alne Primary School, Ettington Primary School, and Acorns Primary School in Shipston.

The Old Mill in Shipston, now a private residence, was underwater this afternoon.

Tredington Primary School was closed at 11.45am today because of flooding.

In Stratford, reports of dangerous conditions on the roads were received as early as 7am this morning, on the A46 bridge on Bishopton Lane.

Deep standing water on Western Road, Stratford, impaired driving conditions later on in the day, and Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Shottery was forced to close.

The Environment Agency issued a red flood warning for the River Alne near Henley. Tanworth Lane and Camp Lane were particularly vulnerable after 27 millimetres of rain in 12 hours.

Several roads were shut throughout the area. Walton Lane in Wellesbourne, The Fosse Way at Halford, Bearley Road in Aston Cantlow, the A4189 New Road in Henley-in-Arden and Fulready Road in Ettington all closed as a result of flooding.

Flooding on the roads in Henley-in-Arden

According to Warwickshire Police, other areas hit with floods include the A435 near Kings Coughton, Watery Lane in Sherbourne, Dark lane in Hatton, and Gosport Lane, Mill Street, and Walton Lane in Kineton.

The Met Office issued a severe weather warning for the West Midlands and rain is expected to continue to fall until tomorrow.

BBC Midlands Today weather presenter Shefali Oza said: “We're over the worst of it today – it's clearing eastwards. But there'll be even heavier rain tomorrow. It'll be wet and windy.”

Traffic in Alderminster negotiates a flood.