'Lives at risk' in the Midlands as severe flood warnings are issued

There are currently two severe flood warnings, meaning danger to life, in place in the Midlands.

One is in Shrewsbury where the River Severn is expected to reach its highest level in 20 years.

The other is in Ironbridge, where flooding is expected to affect properties on the Wharfage due to overtopping of temporary defences.

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Flood alerts (flooding is possible- Be prepared)

A severe flood warning is in place in Shrewsbury as river levels are rising and flooding continues.

The Environment Agency has warned that lives are at risk in the town and more properties are expected to be flooded.

There have been flood warnings across the region over the last few weeks following on from two back to back storms - Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis.

At Welsh Bridge, the River Severn measured 4.6 metres around 7am this morning. It's expected to peak at 4.9 metres tonight. The highest level ever recorded there was in November 2000, when it peaked at 5.25 metres.

On the government website, it says: "River levels are rising at the Welsh Bridge river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property is expected to continue."

It's thought flooding will affect:

  • Gravel Hill Lane

  • Sydney Avenue

  • Victoria Avenue

  • Smithfield Road

  • Coton Hill

  • Roushill

  • Berwick Road

  • Chester Street

London Road was meant to close for cable work, but last night Shropshire Council said it will remain open until further notice because of the other road closures in place.

Another severe flood warning is in place at The Wharfage, Ironbridge, where river levels are expected to exceed temporary flood defences. Credit: ITV News Central

Another Severe Warning has been issued at Ironbridge, near Telford.

The environment agency say flooding of properties on the Wharfage can be expected as river levels are due to rise above the temporary flood defences. Flooding is already affecting properties on Ferry Road.

The Severn is predicted to peak at 6.7 to 7.0m on Tuesday evening at Buildwas.

The Environment Agency say they expect river levels to remain high for the rest of the week and they are closely monitoring the situation.

Motorists are being advised to move their vehicles from The Wharfage and Dale End car parks if they are parked there.

Coalbrookdale Primary School in Ironbridge is closed until further notice due to the increasing river levels.

The Tontine Hotel has been set up as a rest facility for residents who need it.

England has already seen more than 141 per cent of its average February rainfall so far.

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