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'Danger to life' flood warning no longer in place for Ironbridge for first time since Tuesday

By Mat Growcott | Ironbridge | News | Published:

There is no longer a 'danger to life' flood warning in Ironbridge for the first time since Tuesday.

Flooding in Ironbridge earlier this week

The Environment Agency said flooding continued in the area, and advised people to be careful, but said there was no longer a danger to life.

"We have downgraded the severe flood warning at Ironbridge to a flood warning. River levels remain high, but are now falling slowly at the Buildwas river gauge," the Environment Agency said.

"Flooding of property, roads and farmland continues. Flooding is affecting properties on Ferry Road.

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"We expect river levels to remain high over the next few days. We are closely monitoring the situation."

Flood warnings are also still in place all along the River Severn, including at Bridgnorth, Quatford and the Showground and Quarry at Shrewsbury.

Despite water levels dropping across the county, West Midlands Ambulance Service this morning warned people to play it safe while out and about.

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They tweeted: "Still lots of water around. Note the damage the flood water has caused to the road. Another reason to take it easy if you’re out and about – you never know what’s around the next corner."

About 40 homes and buildings were evacuated in Ironbridge as the River Severn broke its banks.

Rising river levels even managed to crack the road surface.

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Facing some of the most serious flooding for decades, bosses at Telford & Wrekin Council closed off Dale Road, The Wharfage, The Lloyds and Lloyd’s Head in an effort to keep people safe.

Elsewhere, Sally Herbert-Jones, from Melverley Parish Council, said there had been great support from Shropshire council and emergency services.

She said: "We're really glad to see members of Shropshire Council, Shropshire Fire and Rescue and the police after what is probably the most extensive flooding this area has seen for more than 20 years.

"We're used to flooding in Melverley but this has been unprecedented and flood water has gone into a number of properties in the village.

"We're grateful the support network around us came down to check we're all all right and see if there's anybody who needs any help."

Road closures:

Shrewsbury and surrounding area

  • Sydney Avenue
  • Gravel Hill Lane
  • Old Coleham
  • Cressage to Eaton Constantine
  • Chilton Farm Road
  • Atcham to Berwick Wharf
  • Atcham to Cross Houses Road
  • Priory Road

> Frankwell Riverside car park remains closed.

> Frankwell Main Car Park has now re-opened, but Shropshire Council has warned still water still remains 'around the edges'.

"Please do not enter any areas of water and do keep children supervised at all times," said the authority.

North Shropshire

  • Colliery Road
  • St Martins
  • Clarke’s Lane
  • St Martins and Burma Road
  • Park Hall
  • Whittington

South Shropshire

  • B4368 Clun to Newcastle (road slip)
  • Doctors Lane, Bridgnorth
  • Riverside, Bridgnorth
  • Severn Side, Bridgnorth

> Riverside car park in Bridgnorth remains closed, but this is currently under review by Shropshire Council.

Flood barriers remain in place in Ironbridge, and traffic is being redirected around them. Businesses in the town are still open.

In the Telford & Wrekin Council area, the following are now open:

  • Dale End and Dale End car park
  • The Lloyds
  • Buildwas Road
  • Lloyds Head
  • All properties and businesses on the Wharfage are now accessible on foot
Mat Growcott

By Mat Growcott
Reporter - @MGrowcott_Star

Shropshire Star reporter

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