South Shropshire town split in two by flooding

Clun residents and businesses faced heavy flooding this afternoon as the A488 closed at the town's bridge after the river swelled.

Car stuck in water near Clun. Picture: @SouthShropCops
Car stuck in water near Clun. Picture: @SouthShropCops

Residents in the south Shropshire town braced themselves for flooding all day until the river finally swelled at around 2pm.

Steve Wilkinson, owner of The Maltings Cafe said they could not get in to work on Sunday and had expected the same today.

"Yesterday we could not get to work because one side of the town is cut off from the other, but this morning it was OK," he said.

"We came in early just in case.

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"When it flooded yesterday it was fine at 8.15am, then by 9am it was flooded.

"The water is very fast rising. By 2.30pm in the afternoon, it was gone again.

"Whenever it floods, the main road is closed to stop people from trying to drive through it.

"People can't get from one side of the town to the other is the problem, but we will be open until 4pm today."

Jack Limond, landlord of The White Horse, said everyone in the town was waiting for the floods to come all day.

"It rises quite heavily," he said.

"It is a waiting game. Fortunately, a lot of people around here have 4 x 4's

"It is a lovely day to get in your canoe and come to the pub."

South Shropshire Safer Neighbourhood Team's tweeted: "We continue to be called to vehicles breaking down in flood water.

"This particular stretch between Broome and Clungunford has claimed numerous cars of a certain German brand over this winter.

"Please be cautious of driving through flood water in cars."

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