A severe flood warning remains in place along the Wharfage today, although river levels are dropping.
The Environment Agency and Telford & Wrekin Council are hoping to be able to access the area behind the barriers after the temporary flood barriers became overwhelmed and started to move on Tuesday.
Teams hope to assess both the road and barriers to undertake any repairs if river level drops enough.
More rain is expected over the weekend so it’s important that the barriers are repaired as river levels will rise again.
Telford & Wrekin Council says there will be a lot of activity on the Wharfage – and more vehicles on site. This means that the Wharfage (particularly at the Ironbridge end) will remain inaccessible. Members of the public are asked not to visit while this work is undertaken as it is not safe.
I get to see some amazing things in this job, some great, some not so great. What I've seen today is simply amazin. Both temporary barriers at #Ironbridge and #BealesCorner have been assessed, repaired and are back ready for #StormJorge #MultiAgency response at its best. #JESIP pic.twitter.com/e6mN49C3Of— Mark Bowers (@MarkBowersEA) February 28, 2020
Council leader Shaun Davies yesterday lobbied Secretary of State for Environment Rt Hon George Eustice MP for improved flood defences in the Gorge when the minister visited.
Some roads in the gorge are now starting to reopen but a lot of road closures remain in place:
The following roads are closed and are impassable.
Traffic over Coalport Bridge (Woodbridge) is being manually controlled because of its vehicle weight limit. Please avoid this route if possible. If you do need to use it, please expect long delays and be patient.