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Eight flood alerts in Shropshire as parts of region hit by snow

By Mat Growcott | Shrewsbury | News | Published:

People who live near rivers are being warned to brace for flooding as eight alerts are issued along with snowfall.

The A458 towards Llanfair Caereinion - Picture: @WelshpoolPolice

Yesterday there were six alerts in place later in the day, and despite there being no rain, the number has risen today.

The Environment Agency issued alerts for the River Severn, River Sow and River Penk, River Worfe, the Severn Vyrnwy Confluence, the Tern and Perry Catchments, the River Dee Catchment, Upper Teme and Weaver catchment.

The alerts, which warn people that flooding is possible but not fully expected, effectively cover the bulk of the county.

The Environment Agency said: "Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours. We expect river levels to remain high over the weekend. We are closely monitoring the situation.

"Our incident response staff are checking defences. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses."

Parts of Wales and Oswestry were hit by more unusual weather this morning, with the arrival of sudden snow.

Temperatures fell to around 2C (36F) in north and mid Wales and parts of Shropshire today with steady showers expected to continue throughout the day.

It came after a cold night where temperatures fell to -6C (21F) in isolated areas with fog and frost.

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Motorists were warned to be careful along the A458 towards Llanfair Caereinion.

And there was also snow fall in Chirk, as captured by Shropshire Star editor Martin Wright.

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Further afield there are two yellow rain warnings, with one in place from 11am to midnight stretching from Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, to Eastbourne and Portsmouth and another from 5am to 8pm covering Northern Ireland from Ballycastle to Newry.

Yorkshire and the Midlands were among the areas worst affected by heavy downpours on Thursday and Friday.

Sheffield in South Yorkshire received 84mm of rain over 36 hours, which is almost the average monthly rainfall for Yorkshire, Mr Petanga said.

Gringley on the Hill in Nottinghamshire had 65mm of rain in that time.

The Environment Agency issued seven severe flood warnings on Saturday morning suggesting there is a "danger to life".

The warnings are in place for the River Don at Barnby Dun, Bently, Fishlake, Kirk Bramwith, Kirk Sandall, South Bramwith and Willow Bridge caravan site.

There are also 55 warnings telling people to take immediate action in light of expected flooding, along with 88 alerts urging residents to be prepared.

Mat Growcott

By Mat Growcott
Reporter - @MGrowcott_Star

Shropshire Star reporter

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