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Rain woes: Flood barriers up in Shrewsbury after landslide closes main road near Welshpool

By Dominic Robertson | Shrewsbury | News | Published:

Flood barriers have been put up in Shrewsbury after heavy rain over the weekend.

Shrewsbury's Frankwell car park and the surrounding area are always susceptible to flooding and the deluge of recent days led to the Environment Agency putting its safeguards in place this morning.

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Dave Throup of the Environment Agency, said that the first stage of the barriers were being put up to protect the area, with more rain expected to see the level of the River Severn continue to rise.

Writing on Twitter he said: "We are deploying low level flood defences at Frankwell, Shrewsbury, starting in the next hour or so.

"The River Severn is already high and forecast heavy rain later today is expected to raise levels quickly."

The news comes as a landslide closed a main road near Welshpool yesterday.

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Torrential overnight rain made the hillside on the A490 near Guilsfield unstable and the landslide happened late afternoon.

Police warned people to stay away from the area as diversions were put in place.

The landslide, which took trees with it onto the main road happened near to the Valley View Holiday Park, Pentre’r Beirdd near Trefnanney.

More rain was expected overnight.

Also in mid Wales trains between Newtown and Machynlleth were cancelled because of flooding on the track.

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