New flooding could hit weather-battered Birmingham today as the city prepares for further heavy rain.

The region has already seen more than a months worth of rainfall in less than a week.

More than 180 flood warnings were still in place in the Midlands last night, with the threat of more heavy showers on the way.

Today many roads were flooded, with others only barely passable. Some of the worst-hit areas were in Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire.

Among towns in these areas where roads had to be closed were Worcester, Evesham, Claines, Stockton on Teme and Tenbury Wells.

The National Memorial Arboretum near Alrewas, Staffordshire, was forced to close due to flooded roads in the surrounding area.

A spokesman for the site, which is home to the National Armed Forces Memorial, advised anyone planning to visit the arboretum this week to check its website before setting off.

One of the worst hit areas in the last week has been Solihull, which saw roads closed around Hogarths Hotel yesterday, while drivers also struggled to make their way through rising water in Shirley.

Some motorists had to be rescued from their cars by emergency services and others needed a push-start to clear flooded areas.

And the gravity of the situation was captured in pictures taken at the River Cole, near Coleshill, where water levels had risen so much that only the top of a bridge could be seen.

Three people have died in the UK since the fierce storms started to batter the country last Wednesday.

A woman was killed after getting trapped under a falling tree in Exeter on Saturday night, while a 70-year-old man died after his car crashed into a swollen river in Cambridgeshire on the same day.

On Thursday, a motorist died when his car became wedged under a bridge near a ford at Rectory Fields in Chew Stoke, Somerset.

Yesterday, Prime Minister David Cameron spoke out of his shock at the extent of flooding. He said via Twitter that the Government would ensure everything is being done to help.

West Midlands Fire Service said they had a busy night on Saturday, responding to calls mainly around the Solihull and Coventry area.

Parts of Stratford Road were also flooded and Valley Road in Earlswood was not passable, according to the police.

Now fresh flood alerts have been sparked in Birmingham, with up to 40mm of rain expected to fall overnight and today compared to the 69mm usually experienced in the whole of November.

The Environment Agency said the River Rea and River Cole remain at risk of flooding.

Train services were also affected on Sunday as flood water at Trenton meant passengers between Staffordshire and Manchester had to divert through Crewe.

Yet there was some good news on the horizon.

Forecasters say there will only be a few showers tomorrow morning, and the rest of the week should see Birmingham staying mainly dry.

But they have warned temperatures will drop, plummeting to 1C overnight on Thursday creating a widespread risk of icy patches.

Floods Minister Richard Benyon said he was frustrated about flood defence failures in the village of Kempsey, Worcestershire. Many homes were inundated when a new system failed to work properly

He said: It is slightly frustrating. I feel really sorry for the people of Kempsey, who were flooded because the pumps didnt turn on. They must feel really let down this morning and we want to get to the bottom of what happened there.

But I think at about 10pm last night, the figure of 26,000 homes didnt flood in the last 48 hours because of flood defences which have been constructed over recent years and that is a positive story.