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Shropshire flooding: Barriers up and sandbags at the ready as river rises again - but not to previous levels

By Sue Austin | Shrewsbury | Environment | Published:

Sandbags and flood barriers are up once again in Shrewsbury as river levels on the Severn rise.

Flood warnings - meaning flooding is expected and immediate action is required - were in place for the River Severn at the Showground and The Quarry in Shrewsbury, plus the River Vyrnwy at Maesbrook and Melverley.

Flood alerts - meaning flooding is possible, be prepared - were in place for the River Severn in Shropshire and Worcestershire and the Severn Vyrnwy confluence.

But the Environment Agency says that the height of the water will be nowhere near the record breaking levels caused by storms Ciara and Dennis that led to homes and businesses being flooded.

Agency staff took over Shrewsbury's Frankwell car park to put up flood barriers and worried property owners piled sandbags up around their doors.

Shropshire Council said: "Frankwell Main Car Park is now open but with restricted spaces due to floodwater lying on the surface. Please do not park beyond the line of traffic cones as we will need to clean this area as floodwater subsides overnight. Do not enter the floodwater."

Shrewsbury river level:

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While a flood alert was place on the river through the county the agency said that the river level peak at Shrewsbury's Welsh Bridge this morning would be between 3.3-3.6 metres compared to more than 5 metres last month.

The high water was expected to pass through Buildwas (4.3-4.6m) and Bridgnorth (3.3- 3.6m) this evening.

Shropshire Council says its park and ride service is free until this weekend, to encourage more people to shop in and visit the town.

The Hair Forum salon in Coleham reopened on Wednesday after being closed for three weeks following the floods.

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Thursday morning forecast 12/03/20

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By Sue Austin
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