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Flood barriers installed in Shrewsbury as more rain forecast

By Charlotte Bentley | Shrewsbury | News | Published:

Flood barriers are being raised in Shrewsbury as more rain is forecast for the rest of the week.

As the flooding continues across the county, safety measures are being put in place to prevent further damage and protect the area.

The Environment Agency was deploying low level flood barriers at Frankwell in Shrewsbury as the River Severn continues to rise and more rainfall is expected.

Dave Throup, Environment Agency manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, tweeted on Tuesday: "We’ll be deploying our low level flood barriers at Frankwell #shrewsbury tomorrow as the Severn responds to today’s rain in Wales.

"More rain forecast for Thursday."

There are six flood alerts in place across Shropshire – warning residents to be on alert for possible flooding – including the River Severn, Upper Teme near Ludlow, the Severn Vyrnwy Confluence near Nescliffe and the Tern and Perry Catchments near Wem.

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See this morning's forecast from the Met Office:

Wednesday morning forecast 13/11/19

The national picture

Thirty-five flood warnings are still in place across England as Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged people in affected areas to heed the warnings of emergency services.

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The warnings sit alongside a further 80 flood alerts after heavy rains over the past week.

The warnings and alerts are in place in locations from Somerset and East Sussex in the South, to as far north as the Lower River Nidd near Harrogate in Yorkshire, and the Holderness Drain in east Yorkshire.

Seven flood alerts are also in place in Wales.

Weather warnings for rain November 13-14
(PA Graphics)

More widespread rain is forecast today, with the Met Office having issued a weather warning for heavy rain, bringing possible transport disruptions from late afternoon onwards, across south Wales and parts of England’s south-west.

And Mr Johnson has passed on warnings there could be more flooding across the country this winter as rain continues.

On Tuesday, the Prime Minister announced relief funding would be made available for those affected by the floods.

It came amid criticism the Government had not done enough to help, as the flooding threatened to become an election issue.

He said funding for locals councils to help affected households would be made available to the tune of £500 per eligible household.

Up to £2,500 would be available for small to medium-sized businesses which have suffered severe impacts and which are not covered by insurance.

Mr Johnson also said 100 Armed Forces personnel would be deployed to help the recovery effort in badly-hit areas of South Yorkshire.

The PM chaired a meeting of the Government’s emergency committee Cobra on Tuesday afternoon, as pressure mounted on ministers to take action.

Speaking afterwards, he said the country had to “prepare for more floods” this winter because the ground is so waterlogged.

He said: “The worry for me is that there are some people who are continuing not to listen to the advice of the emergency services.

“I would just say to people – the emergency services do have sound advice. When they advise you to evacuate, you should do so.”

Shadow Cabinet Office minister Jon Trickett said the Government’s action was “too little, too late”.

“You can’t trust Boris Johnson to look out for the North or the Midlands or protect our communities from flooding,” he said.

“But Labour will provide an extra £5.6 billion in flood defence funding, to level up flood defences over 10 years.

“Every home ruined and every business destroyed demands we act now.”

It comes after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn branded the Government’s response as “woeful”, while Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson said it was not taking it seriously enough.

Charlotte Bentley

By Charlotte Bentley
Community Reporter - @CharlotteB_Star

Community Reporter at the Shropshire Star, helping under-represented communities to find a voice in Shropshire and Mid Wales. Contact me at charlotte.bentley@shropshirestar.co.uk.

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