The flood warnings might have been posted again at New Road but, as far as visiting bowlers are concerned, their defences have been under threat all season thanks to a deluge of runs from a familiar source.
Graeme Hick might be 41 years of age but he is still Worcestershire's main man - even in what is supposedly a young man's game of Twenty20 cricket. Hick was injured when Twenty20 started four years ago and had to wait a year before he got the chance to play this form of the game. He has made up for lost time.
After scoring 73 in his first match, followed by an astonishing 116 in 69 balls in his second at Luton's Wardown Park against Northamptonshire, he scored, in all, 732 runs in 21 innings in his first three seasons at an average of almost 40. He showed, even in Worcestershire's defeat at Bristol on Monday night, that he retains the capacity to destroy any attack.
Hick's 32 was minimal by his own standards. But his three sixes and two fours came in only 15 deliveries - his strike rate was more than two runs per ball; he averages 1.62 in the competition.
Steve Rhodes, Worcestershire's coach and Hick's long-time team-mate for county and country, said: "We've opened the batting with him now for three years in this competition and he really is dangerous. He's got the strength and power and class to clear the infield and that's so important. He batted really well at Bristol and showed that he's still going to be a strength for us opening the batting."
Given Worcestershire skipper Vikram Solanki's preferred inclination to open, it will leave Rhodes with an interesting decision to make when Phil Jaques returns from Australia next week after being allowed to miss the first half of the county's Twenty20 programme.
But, despite speculation that Hick might be due to drop down the order, Rhodes says that there was no doubt that he would open at Nevil Road. "There's not been a game in which he hasn't gone in first for us in Twenty20 ," he said. "And he was always opening with Vikram in this one."
Certainly, only ten days after Hick reached 40,000 first-class runs, it is a reminder that any attack must remain highly respectful of the great man. Moeen Ali, although his own progress has been limited by Hick's continued presence at New Road, is particularly in awe. They batted together for the first time last month when Moeen, who turned 20 last week, made his one-day debut at Durham.
Although the result was a bad one, seeing such a highly-rated 19-year-old batting with the 41-year-old grand master left an enduring image. Moeen said: "It was special to have the chance to bat with him. When he came in, he was brilliant. He got me going and even left me feeling like we'd got a chance chasing such a big score. But that's the thing about him, his sheer presence. It's just good to look up and see someone like him at the other end."
Worcestershire's short-term priority is a first win in this year's Twenty20. Following the postponement of tonight's New Road meeting with Warwickshire, to follow their rained-off opener against Northamptonshire last Friday, they were also affected by the weather at Bristol. They had the worse of the conditions in having to field second in a ten-over thrash at Bristol that was effectively decided by the toss of a coin. But Rhodes says that spirits remain as high as the water levels at New Road.
"We can't do anything about the weather," he said. "It was annoying at Northampton on Friday night, it was tough for us at Bristol and it's frustrating now but we just have to try not to think that things are against us."