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'Danger to life' flood warning remains in Ironbridge as Storm Jorge set to hit UK at weekend

By Ian Harvey | Ironbridge | Environment | Published: | Last Updated:

A severe flood warning remained in place for Ironbridge today a a new storm front was predicted to hit Shropshire at the weekend.

Flooding in Ironbridge

In Bridgnorth, the river peaked at 5.2m at midday yesterday and in Shrewsbury, the 'danger to life' warning has been removed following the river peaking at 5.12m.

A yellow warning for wind and rain has been issued for Shropshire and Mid Wales at the weekend as Storm Jorge sweeps in. It comes after a yellow warning of snow and ice was issued for today for much of the Midlands.

The Environment Agency has warned that the flood barriers in Ironbridge are ineffective after they were breached yesterday.

Shropshire Council has opened the English Bridge, Welsh Bridge and Smithfield Road in Shrewsbury and part of Abbey Foregate car park.

Environment Secretary George Eustice was visiting Shrewsbury and Ironbridge today after a planned visit by Floods Minister Rebecca Pow was called off because of illness.

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Park and ride services in Shrewsbury will be free to use for two weeks in a bid to get businesses back on their feet after the flooding. Shropshire Council said it wanted to show support to town centre traders and encourage people back into the town.

Shrewsbury's Darwin Shopping Centre reopened today, with the Pride Hill and Riverside centres set to open again on Friday.

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Flood warnings - meaning flooding is expected and inmediate action is required are in place for the River Severn at Bridgnorth, Buildwas, Hampton Loade and Highley, Ironbridge and Jackfield, Quatford, Shrawardine, Montford Bridge and Mytton, the Showground and The Quarry in Shrewsbury; and the River Vyrnwy at Maesbrook and Melverley.

Flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible so be prepared, are in place for the Upper and Lower Teme, River Severn in Shropshire, River Worfe, Severn Vyrnwy confluence and the Tern and Perry Catchments.

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Ian Harvey

By Ian Harvey
@IanHarvey_Star

Shropshire Star Internet Editor based at the head office in Ketley, Telford

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