Shrewsbury's Frankwell car park closed as rivers rising again

By Sue Austin | Shrewsbury | News | Published:

Shrewsbury's Frankwell car park was closed again today as high river levels began working their way through Shropshire.

Frankwell Car Park in February

The Environment Agency has put the River Severn through the county town on the lowest official warning - a flood alert - and has warned there could be flooding further downstream at Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge and Bridgnorth later in the week.

In South Shropshire the Upper Teme is on flood alert with the warning that Bishops Castle, Church Stretton, Knighton and Ludlow could be affected, with low-lying farmland flooded. However, the Environment Agency said river levels on the Teme were dropping in Ludlow.

Shrewsbury river gauge:

Ironbridge river gauge:

Bridgnorth river gauge:


Flood warnings - meaning flooding is expected and inmediate action is required - were in place on the River Vyrnwy at Maesbrook and Melverley, near Oswestry, which was expected to peak at 4.6m today.

Shropshire Council said Shrewsbury's Frankwell car park was closed and that while St Julian's Friars Car Park was open with reduced spaces that was being reviewed today once peak levels were available.

A spokesman said: "Please use Park and Ride, Abbey Foregate Car Park or Raven Meadows MSCP for long stay parking."


The Shrewsbury Park and Ride car parks are free to use this week.

The latest river levels are not expected to be as high as those that hit the county during storms Ciara and Dennis and with weather forecasters saying that there should be more settled weather over the coming days and next week these is hope that the latest rise will pass through Shropshire without major flooding.

Watch today's weather forecast:

Wednesday morning forecast 11/03/20

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