Forecasters say Storm Jorge will bring more heavy rain and strong wind over the weekend.
Parts of Wales and northern England could see between 50 to 80mm of rain on Friday as the storm hits the UK, the Met Office warned.
It is feared the rain will feed into the River Severn, creating new problems for flood-hit communities as it makes its way downstream to Shrewsbury, Ironbridge and Bridgnorth.
Today #Ironbridge preparing barriers for rising river levels #StormJorge Why are the barriers not blue?— Chris Bainger (@ChrisBaingerEA) February 29, 2020
@bbcmtd @BBCShropshire @TelfordWrekin @ShropshireStar @GeodesignB @EnvAgency @DaveThroupEA https://t.co/aIxAbaEKAi pic.twitter.com/loBdPubk57
Telford & Wrekin Council said: "Unfortunately all agencies and local residents and businesses are being advised to plan for the river levels to rise again on either Sunday or Monday following the anticipated arrival of Storm Jorge over the weekend."
Strong winds were forecast for much of England, Wales and Northern Ireland today, reaching 70mph in coastal areas and up to 60mph inland.
Today it led to Attinghham Park, near Shrewsbury, postponing tonight's Night Run event because of the predicted high winds. The run will now be held on Saturday March 21.
*We have made the decision to postpone tonight’s Night Run due to the increased wind speeds predicted across the park for the race today. The safety of our visitors, staff & volunteers is paramount. We are in the process of contacting runners via registered email address* 1/2— AttinghamParkNT (@AttinghamParkNT) February 29, 2020
2/2 *Night Run will be postponed until 7pm Sat 21st March. If you were booked onto the run today you have been automatically transferred onto the run on the 21st. If you are unable to run on the 21st March, please ring our national booking office on 03442 491895.— AttinghamParkNT (@AttinghamParkNT) February 29, 2020
Met Office forecaster Emma Salter said: “It’s not good news I’m afraid, given all the recent rainfall we’ve had.”
Reason for concern— Dave Throup (@DaveThroupEA) February 28, 2020
Big rivers not having enough time to recover back to normal levels.
Weekly spells of wet weather falling on saturated ground mean the Severn at #worcester has been 2-3 metres above normal for 3 weeks.
Base point keeps getting higher. pic.twitter.com/dI9jo4GYlM
⚠️ Well, it’s been a busy old week for our staff who’ve come in on their days off and annual leave to support two major incidents across #WestMercia with the flooding 💦— West Midlands Ambulance Service #HelpUsHelpYou (@OFFICIALWMAS) February 28, 2020
We are expecting more rain over the weekend and will be monitoring the situation - please stay safe 👍🏽 pic.twitter.com/M5qXXKgmVu
The Met Office’s chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen said further flooding is possible with rain forecast to fall on already saturated ground. Flooding along parts of the River Severn, which has reached close to its highest levels in some areas, is likely until at least tomorrow, the Environment Agency said.
A severe “danger to life” flood warning covering the river at the Wharfage in Ironbridge has been downgraded and repairs made to the flood barriers, while 76 flood warnings and 204 flood alerts have been issued across England.
The Wharfage is open to pedestrians only, while the Dale End and Wharfage car parks are open.
The latest from our teams in #Ironrbridge Gorge - these roads are now OPEN— Telford & Wrekin Council (@TelfordWrekin) February 29, 2020
✅ The Wharfage - open to pedestrians only
✅ Ironbridge Rd
✅Madeley Rd from Top Hill
✅ Dale End
✅Dale End & Wharfage car parks
We anticipate further road closures over the weekend, with rainfall expected across all three counties.— West Mercia Police (@WMerciaPolice) February 29, 2020
You can find live updates for your area here:
Herefordshire: https://t.co/iMkOX8XRk7 pic.twitter.com/ha6uVO4pD3
Shrewsbury continues to mop up and, although water levels have dropped, there are fears the latest rainfall could see fresh flooding. Bridgnorth’s Low Town has also been hit, along with the town of Upton upon Severn.
Riverside in Bridgnorth is now open to traffic but the car park is still closed. Meanwhile the A442 between Bridgnorth and Telford has reopened.
In Shrewsbury, the Frankwell and St Julian’s Friars car park remain closed, but the town's park and ride service is now free for the next fortnight to attract business back into the town.
Shrewsbury road closures:
Gravel Hill Lane
Atcham to Cross Houses
Chiltern Farm Lane
North Shropshire road closures:
Colliery Road, St Martins
Clarke’s Lane, St Martins
Burma Road, Park Hall, Whittington
South Shropshire road closures:
B4368 Clun to Newcastle (road slip)
Doctors Lane, Bridgnorth
Severnside South Bridgnorth
A4113 at Leintwardine
Today's weather forecast:
Elsewhere, Storm Jorge has heralded its arrival with heavy rain and strong gales as Britain endures its fourth weekend of severe weather.
This month’s third named storm is bringing rain, gales and snow, prompting weather warnings stretching from Cornwall to the north of Scotland and across to Northern Ireland.
Police in flood-hit South Wales declared a temporary “critical incident” on Saturday morning as emergency services, councils and other bodies worked to protect property and infrastructure and protect residents.
People in Pontypridd, which was also flooded two weeks ago, and the Ely area of Cardiff, were advised to remain indoors amid warnings of further rising water levels and gusts of up to 70mph.
Cardiff Council said emergency teams worked through the night on flood defences, road closures and clearing debris to limit the damage from torrential rains as its roads team answered around 100 incidents.
More than 600 homes and a similar number of businesses have been hit in Wales, accounting for around a quarter of affected properties in the UK.
England has had more than 200% of its average February rainfall, according to the Environment Agency, with some areas getting a month’s worth in 24 hours.
There were six yellow weather warnings for rain, wind and snow in force across the country on Saturday morning, stretching from Cornwall to the north of Scotland and across to Northern Ireland.
The rain warning was lifted before midday as showers eased but alerts remained in place for gales and the potential for power cuts, transport delays and large waves for coastal communities.
The wind warnings last until 9am on Sunday across much of England and Wales and until 3pm the same day across Northern Ireland, southern Scotland, and northern England.
Persistent snowfall was forecast over higher parts of Scotland, with up to 30cm predicted in some places, with warnings in place until noon on Monday, the Met Office said.
A total of 83 flood warnings were in place across England and Wales, mostly in the South West and along the English-Welsh border, and in Yorkshire, while a further 211 “flooding is possible” alerts are also in force.
The wind-chill factor will make temperatures feel close to freezing, said the Met Office.
Heavy rain which started with Storm Ciara continued with Storm Dennis and now Jorge has contributed to record river levels which have seen safety teams put in “Herculean efforts” to erect flood defences.
Towns including Ironbridge and Bewdley along the River Severn, and West Cowick and Lidgate in East Yorkshire, along the River Aire, are among the worst-hit areas in England.
The Environment Agency said 1,000 staff per day have worked on flood defences and pumps, clearing debris and repairing damaged defences, erecting 3.7 miles of barriers.
The body warned the country needs to brace itself for “more frequent periods of extreme weather like this” because of climate change.