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Rivers face successive peaks as another Shropshire flood warning issued amid heavy rain

Roads are closed and more flood warnings are in place in Shropshire and the borders as rain continues to fall on saturated ground, with 'multiple peaks' predicted along major rivers in the county.

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Those returning to work or travelling home after the festive break have been warned not to drive through flood water.

One the south Shropshire border the A4110 south of Leintwardine is close both ways between the Brampton Bryan turn off and the Walton turn off whilfurtherhr south it is shut between the B4529 and the Monkland north of Leominster.

Near Welshpool flooding has closed the A490 from the A458, Sarn Bryn Caled roundabout, to the Leighton Turn Off. AA Roadwatch said the road was impassable in both directions.

The Environment Agency says that, while no record peaks are expected, multiple peaks of high water from successive bands of rain bring their own problems with recovery work unable to begin.

There are eight red, flood warnings in the county and the Hereford and Powys borders.

Five flood warnings are in place along the River Severn in Shropshire, including one at The Quarry, Shrewsbury
Flooding in Bridgnorth on Tuesday

There are five on the River Severn at Bridgnorth, The Quarry in Shrewsbury, Ironbridge and Jackfield, Quatford, and Hampton Loade and Highley, as well as two on the River Vyrnwy at Maesbrook and Melverley. The flood warning for the Pool Quay area north of Welshpool comes with an advisory that the A483, whose height was raised a few years ago, could be under water.

Lesser flood alerts are also in place on the length of the Severn through the county and on the Upper and Lower Teme, the River Worfe ,Tern and Perry catchments, the Rea Brook and Cound Brook and the Ledwyche Brook and Rea Brook as well as the River Lugg on the Shropshire Hereford border.

Flood peaks through the region

A flood warning for Brimfield Brook issued overnight was downgraded when water levels fell below the flood risk threshold.

Flood peaks through the region

In mid Wales, flood alerts have been issued for the Upper and Lower Severn catchments between Welshpool and Newtown, as well as the Vyrnwy catchment between Oswestry and Welshpool as well as the Lower Dee on the north Shropshire border.

Shropshire's Martin Cantrill captured a photo of just how much water is about with his shot of the Severn at Leighton just outside Ironbridge.

The River Severn at Leighton near Ironbridge photo: Martin Cantrill

Clare Dinnis Environment Agency, area director of the West Midlands, said that as well as the current high water in the rivers, the water making its way through catchment areas, as well as the rain forecast to fall over the next 24-48 hours, will to add to that.

"This is creating multiple peaks along the rivers Severn and Wye," she said. "One peak passing through is not necessarily the chance to refocus on recovery in a flood like this. Although levels aren’t record breaking, peaks are drawn out. Which brings its own challenges for those who live with flooding or whose travel routes are impacted."

"If you’re travelling today, back to the office/work or home after celebrations, please take care. There’s lots of standing water around and too many people are ignoring signs and driving into flood water."

The warnings are in place as a Met Office weather warning for rain, continues until to 9pm on Tuesday.

Flood warnings are in place along the Severn in Shropshire
Flooding around the Frankwell car park, Shrewsbury, and surrounding area

"Over the warning period, 15-30 mm rain is likely to fall fairly widely, with a few places seeing 35-50 mm," the Met Office said.

Large parts of the UK are also covered by warnings for wind, including the whole of Shropshire and wider West Midlands, as well as most of Wales.

The Met Office has also issued two weather warnings for wind as Storm Henk blows in. A yellow one covers the Midlands - including Shropshire, southern England and south and mid Wales, while a stronger amber warning covers the south west, south east, eastern England and parts of Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

Rain is forecast until the end of Tuesday

In the yellow warning, forecasters said: "Very windy conditions are likely to quickly develop over southwest England and southern Wales on Tuesday morning and then spread eastwards across southern and some central parts of England. In coastal areas winds are likely to gust towards 60 mph at times, with a lower likelihood of 70 mph gusts.

"Inland gusts of 40 to 50 mph are likely but with a smaller chance of 55 to 60 mph gusts, although the extent of such gusts carries low confidence at present. This windy weather will be accompanied by heavy rain in places, covered by a separate warning. Winds will start to ease from the west during the afternoon and evening."