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Four rescued from cars as Shropshire floods chaos goes on

South Shropshire | | Published:

[gallery] Four people had to be rescued from their cars today as flooding and landslides continued to cause chaos across Shropshire.

One driver was rescued by firefighters after his car became trapped in one metre-deep flood water at Walcot Bridge near Wrockwardine, Telford, at 8am.

Thirty minutes later a second vehicle carrying a man and a girl got stuck at the same spot and had to be pushed clear by emergency services.

One driver was also rescued by boat in Strefford, near Craven Arms, just before 12.30am.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service sent its boat from Shrewsbury along with crews from Church Stretton, Clun and Shrewsbury. They were there until 2am.

Martin Timmis, head of prevention at Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Let me be clear, driving through floodwater is dangerous.

"Just one foot of flowing water is enough to move the average family car."

A landslide at Jiggers Bank near Ironbridge overnight meant part of the road is closed in both directions between the A4169 and Cherry Tree Hill. Bromley Lane, between Bridgnorth and Norton, also remains closed following an earlier landslip.

Nigel Newman, a spokesman for Telford & Wrekin Council, said: "Jiggers Bank is closed after some of the rock face near to the top of Jiggers has collapsed following the recent heavy rains, pushing debris on to the road."

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The River Severn in Ironbridge was expected to peak by this afternoon, followed by Bridgnorth later this evening.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister David Cameron led tributes this afternoon to the emergency services and 'good neighbours' who have helped tackle the flooding across England and Wales.

The floods have claimed the lives of four people and Mr Cameron expressed his sympathy to victims of the disaster.

  • See also - Floods still causing problems in Shropshire
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