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Fourth Shropshire flood alert now in place as more rain falls on soaked land

Three new flood alerts have been issued in Shropshire today as more rain falls on the county..

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Rea Brook and Cound Brook have joined the list of flood alerts

The Rea Brook and Cound Brook area which includes the brooks and their tributaries in the Bayston Hill, Minsterley and Church Stretton area was the latest to join the alert list at 3.29pm today.

It joins much of the south west and north of the county's river systems sitting under flood alerts.

An alert also covers the Upper Teme area which includes the River Teme, River Onny and River Corve and their tributaries upstream of Ludlow which joined the alert list at 12:14pm today.

It has joined the Tern and Perry Catchment and the Severn Vyrnwy Confluence in being covered by areas where the Environment Agency considers that flooding is possible.

The alert for the Severn Vyrnwy confluence on the Shropshire border with Wales was issued at 8.13am today and at the time it was the second alert in the county so far, joining the Tern & Perry catchment in a very wet north Shropshire.

A flood alert is in place for the Severn Vyrnwy confluence.

The Tern & Perry alert has been in place for some time.

The Environment Agency says flooding is possible in these areas.

The advice is to monitor local water levels and weather conditions and avoid using low lying footpaths or entering areas prone to flooding.

Waters in the River Severn are rising and the Welsh Bridge gauge recorded 1.92m at 4.34pm on Thursday which is some way off the 2.7m top of the normal range.

The automated forecast is showing that even tomorrow afternoon the level is expected to falling back again and be some way off the top of the normal range.

The Upper Teme flood alert area. Picture: Environment Agency

Shropshire Council is asking people to keep an eye on the forecast as the day develops. The main issue seems to be the possibility of localised flooding.

The council has warning that with catchments saturated following Storm Babet "there is the possibility of localised flooding and some difficult travelling conditions".

The authorities continue to advise drivers not to try to go through flood waters.