It’s that time of year when towns across Shropshire are holding their annual Christmas light switch on ceremonies.
Shrewsbury flood barriers go up as river levels rise
Flood barriers at Frankwell in Shrewsbury have been re-installed as river levels rise following the recent rain.
The barriers went up yesterday after only being removed on Saturday. The latest bad weather to hit the UK saw river levels rise as rain fell on already saturated ground.
The Environment Agency has issued a Flood Alert for the River Severn in Shropshire.
The rivers Tern, Perry, Roden, Strine and Meese and their tributaries, River Teme and its tributaries downstream of Ludlow and River Teme, River Onny and River Corve & their tributaries upstream of Ludlow are also on Flood Alert.
A number of roads are currently closed in Shrewsbury due to flooding. Gravel Hill Lane and Sydney Avenue are closed whilst a lane restriction is in place for Coleham due to pumping.
Frankwell Riverside car park is closed today, Frankwell Main is partially open.
Floods threaten large parts of the UK
More than 400 weather warnings and alerts currently in place, affecting every region of England and Wales. The flood risk extends along the UK coastline from northwest England, through Wales, the South West and southern England.
Twenty-one severe flood warnings, which indicate a risk to life, are in place in the West. Fourteen of the warnings are around the Cornwall, Devon and Dorset coastline.
Three severe warnings are in Gloucestershire – around the River Severn and its estuary, near Cheltenham. Four others are in Wales – including Barmouth.
The Thames Barrier in London has been closed to protect people and property along the river.
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