Shropshire Flooding: River Severn peaks in Ironbridge and Bridgnorth

Flooding continues to cause problems across Shropshire today after the River Severn peaked in Ironbridge and Bridgnorth last night.

The Wharfage in Ironbridge yesterday. Photo: Telford & Wrekin Council
The Wharfage in Ironbridge yesterday. Photo: Telford & Wrekin Council

It is estimated that across Shropshire 384 properties have been significantly impacted by the floods and around 6,500 homes specifically at risk of flooding have been successfully protected by flood defences.

Multi-Agency Statement

A statement from Deputy Chief Constable of West Mercia Police Julian Moss, on behalf of the multi-agency flood response across Shropshire said:

“It is encouraging that in some areas, we are starting to see some water levels recede. However, it is very important that communities acknowledge that there are still a significant number of areas not only subject to continued flooding but that we are expecting additional rain over the coming days and into the weekend. This means some river levels are set to rise and peak again.

“I want to reassure people that we have a robust multi-agency flood response in place to do everything we can to keep people in affected areas safe and informed, and this will remain in place over the coming weeks.”

Ironbridge

A severe flood warning was issued by the Environment Agency for the Wharfage in Ironbridge yesterday and remains in place this morning. The river Severn peaked at the Buildwas river gauge at 6.52m on Tuesday evening.

Telford & Wrekin Council says a total of 40 businesses and residential properties were visited yesterday and occupants were advised to leave. The occupants of 13 properties chose to spend the night at home, the residents of 6 properties took up the offer of overnight accommodation in the nearby Valley Hotel, the remainder stayed with friends and family. Officers will be contacting them all today to check on their welfare.

Roads Closed

Dale Road
Wharfage
The Lloyds
Lloyd’s Head

Public Transport

8/18 – Not serving Wharfage & Jackfield

9 – Normal route

19 – Terminating at Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury. Unable to serve Atcham/Eaton Considine, using the M54/A5.

113/114 – Unable to use A442 Bridgnorth Road towards Telford. Will use the Rabbit run

Bridgnorth

A flood warning was also in place in Bridgnorth with properties on Severn Terrace affected. A rest centre was opened by Shropshire Council at the Castle Hall, West Castle Street. Shelter, tea and coffee were being provided overnight to residents in need of support. A peak of 6.52m was reached on the river a Bridgnorth late last night.

Roads Closed

A442 Sutton Maddock to Bandon Island
Doctors Lane Bridgnorth
Riverside, Bridgnorth
Severn Side South Bridgnorth

Shrewsbury

A cleanup operation is underway in Shrewsbury today, roads in Shrewsbury town centre remain closed this morning but are due to open before lunchtime. River levels continue to fall at the Welsh Bridge river gauge.

Roads Closed

Smithfield Road, Coton Hill and Chester Street in Shrewsbury are now open.

Sydney Avenue
Longden Coleham
Old Coleham
Coleham Head
Victoria Avenue
Atcham to Cross Houses road
Chilton Farm road
Gravel Hill Lane
Williams Way 

Public Transport

Arriva say that services will now be resuming on normal routes in the town, with the exception of the 576 which will still terminate at Harlescott P&R for now.

Car Parks

Raven Meadows MSCP is now open with vehicular access from the junction of Smithfield Road and Raven Meadows only. Please observe the two way flow in raven Meadows as Raven Meadows is not open from Roushill.

Frankwell Riverside, Frankwell Main, St Julian’s Friar’s remain closed.

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