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Shropshire drivers warned as heavy rain causes chaos across county with roads closed and town 'cut in two'

By Kirsten Rawlins | Shrewsbury | Transport | Published:

Shropshire drivers are being warned to take extra care on the roads as heavy rainfall has led to stranded cars, road closures, flooded properties and affected electrics.

Flooding between Whitchurch and Shrewsbury. Pic: KirstyWalsh16

Clun was left 'cut in two' by the floods after the River Clun burst its banks.

The A458 at Much Wenlock was also affected.

Motorists were stranded at the Battlefield roundabout on the outskirts of Shrewsbury as the road became flooded.

Joanna Murru sent in this video from Shrewsbury:

Flooding in Shrewsbury

Eddie Stopford got out of his truck to help those whose cars could not make the journey and even his 4x4 was waterlogged.

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In the heart of Shrewsbury, the River Severn was bursting its banks on the towpath between Castlefields and English Bridge.

The road from Whitchurch to Shrewsbury was also reportedly closed.

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Shrewsbury Police tweeted a video showing gushing water from the ford at Pontesbury, warning motorists to stay clear.

Windmill Bank at Rowton, between Shrewsbury and Welshpool was flooded both ways and cars were only able to navigate the route with care.

Astley was also heavily affected.

The road at Wollerton was impassable. People were turning their cars around in the gateways of fields and coming perilously close to getting stuck. The nearby village of Hodnet as well as the route between Curdington and Roden was also cut off.

Some people trying to make the journey from Market Drayton to Shrewsbury were forced to turn back with roads between the two towns flooded along much of the route.

Fire crews at Tenbury Wells, meanwhile, have posted a picture of a flooded A443, which they have deemed 'completely impassible'.

The Environment Agency issued flood warnings for the River Teme at Tenbury.

Newport Road at the junction with Worthington Drive in Albrighton was also heavily affected, with police recommending drivers avoid the area.

At just after 8am this morning, police were turning vehicles around both directions between Onibury and Ludlow on the A49.

The busy road was flooded on both sides of the carriageway and the emergency services were only letting letting HGVs through.

The road by Ludlow Race Course was not passable by any vehicle and nor was Little Hereford Road.

Pontesford Brook, meanwhile, was swollen and flowing very fast leading some residents to fear for their properties and the old A5 through Nesscliffe was flooded with waters leaking in to roadside gardens.

Flooding was also affecting the Diddlebury to Bridgnorth road.

High water was reported on the A49 between Longnor and Dorrington while further down towards Ludlow, on the Marshbrook bends, a car had ended up in a ditch.

Worthen Brook had broken its banks with water spilling on to the narrow lane nearby.

The road between Lydbury North and Bishops Castle was also badly flooded.

A 'large number of roads' in the Market Drayton area have been flooded, say fire crews, who have asked motorists not to attempt driving through flood water.

It was a busy night across the county as fire crews were called out to a number of flooded properties and roads.

There were reports of flooding in Barkers Green, Wem, yesterday evening at around 8.15pm while in Betton Wood, Market Drayton, the light pumping unit was needed to clear flood waters.

In Hopton, Market Drayton fire crews spent an hour clearing water from a property using the pumps and at Harton near Church Stretton a car had to be rescued from flood waters.

At Brockton, Shifnal, Oldfields, Market Drayton and Easthope, there were reports of water affecting electrics.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for rain for the whole of Shropshire and Mid Wales, lasting until 3pm today.

Kirsten Rawlins

By Kirsten Rawlins
@kirsten_Star

Online Entertainment Editor for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star. E-mail me kirsten.rawlins@expressandstar.co.uk, or phone 01902 319368

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