Flood misery spreads across Shropshire and Mid Wales

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[gallery] High winds and heavy rain uprooted trees and flooded roads and railway lines – and there is more bad weather on the way.

An oak tree came crashing into a house in Shropshire while members of the family were eating breakfast downstairs.

Neighbours said they heard a sound like "thunder" as the tree crashed into the roof in West Felton, near Oswestry, causing substantial damage to the roof

A parked Rover 25 was also crushed by a tree in Shrewsbury while its owners were out.

Meanwhile, police searching for a missing kayaker on the South Powys border said today that they had recovered a body.

Roads have been closed due to flooding, rail services were disrupted and several cars were involved in crashes across the region brought on by the continued wet weather. The River Severn burst its banks its Bridgnorth, as did the River Teme in Tenbury Wells.

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Jessica Campbell, a spokeswoman for the Environment Agency, said: "We continue to monitor the situation closely, working alongside partners including the Met Office and local authorities to prepare for possible impacts. Our teams are out in force checking that flood defences are in good working order, clearing blockages and monitoring river levels."

More rain is forecast for Shropshire and Mid Wales today and the Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain in Shropshire tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday as a series of storms are expected to pass over the region.The plummeting temperatures overnight also brought more misery for drivers, with a yellow ice warning issued this morning.

The tree in West Felton fell onto the house in Nursery Close at about 9.30am yesterday.

The residents, named locally as the Stokes family, were today unavailable for comment.


Robert Lawton, who also lives on Nursery Close, said: "I heard it – it sounded like thunder. It was definitely the winds, they were very strong."

Dyfed-Powys Police said a body has been found by rescue crews searching for a missing kayaker in the River Usk at Llangynidr, near Powys. The kayaker, in his 30s, went missing around 1pm yesterday.

Meanwhile, roads have been closed due to flooding, rail services were disrupted and several cars were involved in crashes across the region brought on by the continued wet weather.

But despite calm conditions and sunny skies today, rain is epected to return tomorrow and Tuesday.

In Shrewsbury, heavy winds toppled a tree which landed on a car sitting in a driveway while the owners were having a meal out with friends.

Donald and Shirley Perry discovered the damage when they returned to their home in Pool Rise on Saturday night to find the tree lying on top of their Rover 25. The car was written off and the retired couple said it was the first time they had seen anything like this after 45 years of living at the same home.

The car was destroyed in Pool Rise

Mrs Perry said: "It's a good job we were out because otherwise it would've fallen on my car as well.

"The lady next door had just gone out and her husband heard it, he thought she must've reversed into a car.

"When he came outside he saw what had happened.

"It blew over the whole thing from the bottom, you could see where the roots were."

Another neighbour was able to contact the couple who rushed home to see the damage.

Mr Perry said: "I've just sold one car and I was keeping this one for myself, I'd just put a new radio in it and this happens."

Workers from Shropshire Council's highways department cleared the tree, and returned this morning to take the pieces away.

Shropshire Council worker Perry Muir clears away debris

The rain also caused hazardous driving conditions for motorists and a number of roads to remain closed because of flooding.

Firefighters from Clun were called to a flooded cellar in a property in nearby Clunton at about 3.30pm on Saturday.

They isolated the electrics and used a portable pump and buckets to remove the water.

Meanwhile, a car ended up on its roof after being involved in an accident on the M54 on Saturday.

It happened between junction three for Albrighton and junction four for Shifnal shortly after 5.30pm.

Fire crews from Telford Central, Wellington and Albrighton attended to make the vehicles safe. No one is believed to have been injured in the accident.

Another car had to be removed from about two feet of flood water in Onibury, near Craven Arms, at about 8.45pm yesterday.

A crew from Craven Arms spent about 25 minutes removing the car using a winch.

Roads in Shrewsbury – Gravel Hill Lane, Sydney Avenue, and the Atcham to Cross Houses road – remained shut due to flooding.

Jennie Cole, of Hopesay, near Craven Arms, by her garden stream

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A fallen tree hangs on power lines on Coalport High Street on Saturday afternoon. Picture sent to Star Witness by reader Ian Heighway

The Cheswardine to Soudley road in north Shropshire was also closed over the weekend, as were various roads in Melverley area, which were being afffected by the high level of the River Vyrnwy.

The A49 between the A4113 at Bromfield, near Ludlow, and the A5 at Shrewsbury was also reopened on Sunday after being closed due to fallen power lines.

Flooding in Gobowen also caused train services on the line to be cancelled yesterday. The line was reopened early today.

Fields in Atcham, which lie right next to the River Severn, were also badly flooded.

Officers from Mid Wales Fire Service were working through the night on Saturday to pump away water from properties in Presteigne, Powys.

The fire service said that isolated flooding was causing several problems for houses in the town, and crews worked into the early hours attempting to reduce water levels.

Flood alerts remain in place on the River Severn through Shropshire, as well as the Upper Severn in Powys, Upper Teme, Lower Teme, the River Lugg north of Leominster, Ledwyche Brook and the River Rea, Rea Brook and Cound Brook.

The flood barriers also remain in place at the Wharfage in Ironbridge and Frankwell in Shrewsbury.

Flood warnings remain in place for the River Severn at the Showground and The Quarry, Shrewsbury, Ironbridge and Jackfield, Bridgnorth, Quatford as well as Hampton Loade and Highley.

A flood warning was also put in place for the River Vyrnwy at Maesbrook on Sunday morning.

Many of the gauges which line the river and measure its water levels were expected to reach peak heights late on Sunday, Monday or into Tuesday.

Oakengates Leisure Centre was closed this weekend due to plumbing problems, but it is not known if these were caused by the bad weather.

Forecasters have warned that 70mph winds and further downpours that have hit large parts of the already flood-hit south of England will last into next week.

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