Storm Barra deluge leads to flood alerts across Shropshire

Four flood alerts have been issued around Shropshire and Powys after Storm Barra brought heavy rainfall to the area.

While the forecast winds were not as severe as the ones brought by last week's Storm Arwen, the Environment Agency and Shropshire Council have warned residents of four alerts across the county.

Two are along the Upper Teme, one in Knighton and the other in the Ludlow area.

Shropshire Council says flooding is possible for the River Teme, River Onny and River Corve and their tributaries upstream of Ludlow, and warned that roads and farmland could flood during the day.

In its warning, the Environment Agency said: "Locations that may be affected include Bishops Castle, Church Stretton, Knighton and Ludlow."

Elsewhere, flooding is possible in the Vyrnwy catchment, which includes the River Vyrnwy, River Tanat and River Cain and their tributaries.

"The following roads could be affected by flooding: the B4393 near Llansantffraid Bridge; the B4398 near the canal at New Bridge, Llanymynech," Shropshire Council said.

The Upper Severn is also under a flood alert, with drivers being warned that the A490 at Cilcewydd and the Trehelig Crossroads, the A483 along The Moors Straight at Welshpool, and the B4393 near Llandrinio Bridge could all be affected by flooding.

In its alert for the Severn Vyrnwy confluence, the Environment Agency said flooding is expecting to affect low-lying land and roads adjacent to the river from the Welsh border at Llawnt to Shrawardine near Shrewsbury.

Other locations that may be affected include Llanymynech, Maesbrook and Melverley.

The river is expected to peak at 3.7m to 3.9m on Wednesday evening at Llanymynech, and 4.3m to 4.6m at Caerhowel on Thursday afternoon.

The Environment Agency expects river levels to remain high over the next few days with further rainfall forecast over the next 24 hours.

A statement from the agency says: "Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded."

Flooding has also stopped train operator Transport for Wales (TfW) from running services between Machynlleth and Aberystwyth. Network Rail has said the line will be closed all day.

"Road transport will operate between Aberystwyth and Machynlleth where possible," TfW said on Twitter.

The train operator has also issued an amended timetable which will continue on most of its routes on Wednesday due to the anticipated affects of Storm Barra.

The operator tweeted: "All passengers are urged to check their journey before setting out on their journeys and anticipate extended journey times."

No weather warnings are in force for Shropshire on Wednesday, although there is a yellow wind warning in force for west and north Wales until 6pm.

Shrewsbury Town Council has also said the Dingle in The Quarry will remain closed "for safety reasons".

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