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Shropshire weather: Heavy rain forecast as flood warnings remain along River Severn

By Harry Leather | Ironbridge | Environment | Published: | Last Updated:

See all the latest from across Shropshire and Mid Wales as the region continues to cope with severe flooding.

Flooding in Shrewsbury town centre on Tuesday after Storm Dennis. Photo: Shropshire Council and the Drone Rangers

Flood warnings remain in place across Shropshire with heavy rain forecast across the county on Thursday.

A severe flood warning is still covering Ironbridge, where the River Severn is said to be a danger to life after peaking at 6.52m on Tuesday evening.

River levels across the county are receding, but are doing so gradually and heavy rain is expected to sweep across Shropshire on Thursday morning.

Thus flood warnings are also still in place for Bridgnorth, Shrewsbury and for the River Vyrnwy at Maesbrook and Melverley.

Aerial photos show the scene in Ironbridge on Tuesday. Photo: @Fatheadchris

Telford & Wrekin Council said it expects the barriers to remain in place in Ironbridge for several more days and has warned people to stay away from the areas closed off.

Dale Road, The Wharfage, and Lloyd’s Head all remained shut on Thursday morning.

Telford & Wrekin Council has announced Dale End and Dale End car parks have now reopened, as well as The Lloyds.

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All homes and businesses on the Wharfage are now accessible by foot.

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Meanwhile in Bridgnorth the town was close to becoming an island as the A442 entrance was closed from Sutton Maddock, along with various other routes from Telford including Coalport Road and the B4176.

About 45 properties were evacuated before the River Severn hit its peak of 5.04 metres at 10.45pm on Tuesday.

Certain houses along Riverside in High Town were inaccessible as others were barricaded by flood gates and sandbags, while properties on the flood-prone Doctor’s Lane could be seen pumping out gallons of water.

Bridgnorth Rugby Club completely flooded on Wednesday

In Shrewsbury business were returning to normal and several roads were reopened after flood water cleared overnight and council workers cleaned debris from the streets.

Some roads in the town remained closed on Wednesday evening but access to the town centre was fully restored with the English and Welsh bridges back open along with Smithfield Road, Coton Hill and Chester Street.

And in Ludlow, Shropshire Council has put skips in place to support residents who have been affected by the floods, with some residents fearing they will not be able to return home until the summer.

Aerial photos show Ludlow flooding after Storm Dennis. Photo: Luke Smith/Lukazure

Many people in Lower Corve Street and Temeside, two of the worst hit areas of town, are being forced to gut their homes after Storm Dennis.

Furniture and kitchen appliances started making their way out onto the streets on Monday, so Shropshire Council has brought in six skips – three at each location.

Residents and businesses affected by the flooding in Shropshire, Mid Wales and across the UK have been told they will be eligible for £500 and exemption from paying council tax.

Weather warnings for February 19-20

As of Wednesday afternoon, flood warnings remained for 120 places across the UK, with 17 of these in Shropshire.

Craig Snell, from the Met Office, said: “Hot on the heels of Storm Dennis, we have now got this next weather system coming through.

“We have a cluster of warnings around the UK running today into tomorrow.

“Rainfall totals are not too high at the moment. But if we are looking at the situation in 24 hours’ time, we could be looking at 50-60mm in South Wales, 70-100mm in North Wales, and up to 100mm in north west England.

“In the worst case scenario we could see a month’s worth of rain."

The forecast for Ironbridge on Thursday

The EA said England had already received 141 per cent of its average February rainfall so far this month.

See the full list of road closures across the county below and scroll down to see updates, photos and videos from throughout the day.

Have you been affected by flooding? Call us on 01952 241485, contact us on social media or email digital@shropshirestar.co.uk.

Full road closure list

These roads were closed in Shropshire today:

Shrewsbury and surrounding area

  • Sydney Avenue
  • Old Coleham
  • Coleham Head
  • Victoria Avenue
  • B5067 Berwick Road
  • B4380 Cressage to Eaton Constantine
  • Atcham to Berwick Wharf
  • Atcham to Cross Houses road
  • Chilton Farm Lane
  • Priory Road (closed for safety reasons due to previous damage to swimming centre)
  • Gravel Hill Lane

South Shropshire

  • B4368 Clun to Newcastle (road slip)
  • A442 Sutton Maddock to Bandon Island

North Shropshire

  • Colliery Road, St Martins
  • Clarke’s Lane, St Martins
  • Burma Road, Park Hall, Whittington

Bridgnorth

  • Doctors Lane Bridgnorth
  • Riverside, Bridgnorth
  • Severn Side South Bridgnorth
  • Underhill Street – single lane closure as a precaution

Ironbridge Gorge

  • Dale Road
  • The Wharfage
  • Lloyd’s Head

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Harry Leather

By Harry Leather
Digital Editor - @hleather_star

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