With more heavy rain forecast tonight in Shropshire and Wales, the Environment Agency was this afternoon putting low-level flood barriers up in Frankwell, alongside the River Severn in Shrewsbury, to manage the risk of local flooding early tomorrow morning.
The barriers were due to go up from 5pm, with the Severn expected to peak in Shrewsbury on Thursday afternoon. A decision on whether barriers go up in Ironbridge too will depend on tonight's rainfall.
David Throup, of the Environment Agency, said that with a lot of water already in the catchment and more rain forecast, the flood risk along the River Severn will remain raised for several days. Surface water flooding was also likely to be an issue overnight, he added.
More heavy rain is forecast tonight in Wales and #Shropshire— Env Agency Midlands (@EnvAgencyMids) June 12, 2019
and we are preparing to put up #Frankwell flood barriers in #Shrewsbury later
today. This precaution is being taken to manage the risk of local flooding early
tomorrow morning #TeamEA pic.twitter.com/yTSal4DOpN
Meanwhile, a tree came down on three cars in Bridgnorth and rail travellers were urged to avoid services between Chester and Shrewsbury by Transport for Wales due to flooding on the line.
Flooding in parts of Wales & the borders is causing significant disruption to rail services. The following lines are currently affected:— Trafnidiaeth Cymru Trenau Transport for Wales Rail (@tfwrail) June 12, 2019
Shrewsbury - Chester: Line closed
Chester - Crewe: Line closed
Wrexham Central - Bidston: Services running at reduced speed pic.twitter.com/Aq7r1HJMln
Flood warnings - meaning flooding is expected - immediate action required, were in place across Shropshire for:
River Vyrnwy at Maesbrook
River Vyrnwy at Melverley
Flood alerts - meaning flooding is possible - be prepared, were in place for:
Rea Brook and Cound Brook
River Severn in Shropshire
River Sow and River Penk
Severn Vyrnwy Confluence
Tern and Perry Catchments
The River Dee Catchment in England from Whitchurch to Chester
Most of #Shropshire now on flood Alert as main rivers respond to long duration rainfall.— Dave Throup (@DaveThroupEA) June 12, 2019
Flood Alert for River Severn just issued, peaking in #shrewsbury late tomorrow.
Rivers Teme, Tern, Perry & Rea and Cound Brooks already have alerts in place. pic.twitter.com/ExFhQm9Mu8
LIVE: A lot of water in the #Severn #Shrewsbury Flood alert for #Shropshire has been issued. Water is over the tow path take extreme care, difficult to judge the edge of path to deep fast flowing water stay #floodaware @ShrewsburyTC @BBCShropshire @ShropshireStar @ShropCaution pic.twitter.com/sujSL27eyl— Chris Bainger (@ChrisBaingerEA) June 12, 2019
Newport Road under the railway bridge in Albrighton has been closed, with Albrighton Fire Station telling drivers to look for alternative routes, while water was over footpaths alongside the River Severn in Shrewsbury.
In Condover, Councillor Dan Morris tweeted pictures of flooding at the junction of Station Road and Grange Lane, and issue which he said had been going on for four years.
. @ShropCouncil @shropshireroads @shdcouncil Junction station rd & grange lane Condover last night 7pm. An issue that’s been going on for 4yrs. No long term resolution. I met house owners son last night to talk to him about it, & promised I’d ask again to get this looked at 🙏 pic.twitter.com/vvBcFYuHdH— Cllr Dan Morris (@Dan4Burnell) June 12, 2019
River safety campaigner Kirsty Walsh, tweeted: "The River Severn is very high today, please take care on areas where flooding is possible! You can become in danger very quickly! Check @WestMerciaSAR westmerciasar.org.uk/homeanddry/free-water-safety-online-course on how to keep safe."
@TheRiverSevern is very high today, please take care on areas where flooding is possible! You can become in danger very quickly! Check @WestMerciaSAR https://t.co/twgqZla0ts on how to keep safe. @riverlevel_0036 @ShrewsburyCops @ShropshireStar #Shrewsbury #raining #flooding pic.twitter.com/UFN960Krm7— Kirsty Walsh (@KirstyWalsh16) June 12, 2019
Yellow weather warnings for rain remain in place for both today and tomorrow and forecasters predict parts of the UK could be hit by more than four inches of rain this week.
Residents are being told to avoid low-lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low-lying roads near rivers which may be flooded.
Environment Agency regional manager Dave Throup has said that while a band of rain that has been hanging around since Monday will be clearing, more rain will make its way into our area from the south east this evening.
The rain band that’s been hanging about since Monday finally clearing off west but more rain appearing from SE. Will be into our patch this evening.— Dave Throup (@DaveThroupEA) June 12, 2019
Top of River Severn on Flood Alert now as levels respond.
Stay #FloodAware as we continue to monitor situation pic.twitter.com/lhKq2U4JfY
Heavy rain has also caused a lot of flooding in Westbury, near Shrewsbury, with a large pool of water blocking the road.
Fire crews were present in Welshpool town centre last night to try to pump away some of the water in the worst affected areas.
Crews from Welshpool and Llanfair Caereinion pumped flood water out of the Town Hall basement and nearby properties yesterday. They remained throughout the night. The market had to close due to fumes from the pumps.
All crews have now been released from the Welshpool floods. We would like to say a massive thank you to Julie from the tuck box,— Welshpool Fire Station 🏴 (@WelshpoolFire) June 12, 2019
Cafe Inglenook, Rikki Lloyd, Fabrizios and the town clerk and his team. Between them they made the world of difference to the crews at this incident pic.twitter.com/76YxluX3Gw
And Rea Brook in Shrewsbury looked close to bursting its banks yesterday afternoon.
It is expected to be cloudy in Shropshire today and there will be some rain, which may become persistent at times. There will be a moderate to fresh north-easterly breeze, meaning it will be cool for the time of year, with a maximum temperature of 13C.
Rain will continue on and off heading into the weekend but the heaviest downpours are expected today.
Watch the Met Office forecast:
Today and tomorrow some parts of the UK could be struck by two to three inches of rain. Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill described the figures as the “worst-case scenarios” but added that people need “to be aware that we’re in for some treacherous weather”.
Temperatures are likely to recover a little by the weekend, when brighter spells are also expected amid the showers. But there is no return to the wall-to-wall sunshine enjoyed last year, when the West Midlands was already in the grip of a heatwave.