Flood barriers back up again in Shrewsbury - with pictures and video

By Ian Harvey | Shrewsbury | News | Published:

Low level flood barriers went up in Shrewsbury today as the River Severn was expected to peak following recent snow and rain.

The barriers went up in Frankwell as flood alerts were in place in Shropshire for the Severn, Ledwyche Brook and River Rea, Severn Vyrnwy Confluence and the Tern and Perry catchments.

The barriers go up at Frankwell. Photo: @DaveThroupEA
The River Severn is very high and the towpaths are flooded in Shrewsbury

The Environment Agency's Chris Bainger tweeted today:


Last night he posted:

This morning the EA's Dave Throup said:


Dave Throup, Environment Agency manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, said: “The Severn has reacted to the really heavy rainfall we had on Sunday which is arriving in Shrewsbury now.

“The peak was arriving yesterday afternoon, and more rain was forecast overnight last night and through today

“As a precaution we put the low level barriers up in Frankwell. It’s not going to take much more to push the river up quickly.

“Depending on the rain, the barriers could be up over the weekend or only for 24 to 48 hours.

“We need to keep a careful eye on the river for a clearer view.”

Last night, the River Severn Crew Green gauge was at 5.73 metres and rising. The Montford gauge was at 4.6 metres and rising. A peak level of between 4.7 and 5.1 metres was expected to occur this morning.

The Welsh Bridge gauge was at 2.33 metres and rising. A peak level of between 2.5 and 2.8 metres was expected to occur this afternoon.

Buildwas gauge was at 3.26 metres and rising with a peak of between 3.5 and 3.9 metres expected this afternoon. Bridgnorth gauge was at 2.49 metres and rising.

The Environment Agency named a number of roads that could be affected by flooding. They include Pentre to Melverley road near Royal Hill, Edgerley and Gravel Hill Lane and Sydney Avenue in Shrewsbury.

The Monday night meeting place for the Shrewsbury Shufflers running group was changed after flood waters in the Quarry encroached on to the children’s play park.

While the cold spell has now been replaced by milder weather, the outlook remains unsettled.

Today was expected to be wet and windy, with prolonged showers, many of them heavy. Tomorrow and Friday look drier.

Flooded fields as alert issued

This photograph of water-logged fields in the Severn Valley was taken by Karen Curley Rogers at Llanymynech Hill

The weather has thrown everything at us over the last few days and now the River Severn is groaning under the strain.

Heavy rain and melting snow on saturated ground has caused surface water flooding and both the Rivers Vyrnwy and Severn are over-topping their banks.

Meanwhile visitors to Llanymynech Hill near Oswestry are being given a bird’s eye view of just how much water there is on fields in the Severn Valley.

Karen Curly Rogers from Pant, took this spectacular photograph from the toposcope on the highest point of the hill.

Ian Harvey

By Ian Harvey

Shropshire Star Internet Editor based at the head office in Ketley, Telford


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