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Shropshire schools and transport networks affected by floods

  • 24 September 2012
  • From the section England
Battlefield roundabout, Shrewsbury
Floods closed the A49 at Shrewsbury's Battlefield roundabout

Road and rail networks were blocked and schools closed in Shropshire after heavy rain caused flooding.

Pontesbury, Coalbrookdale and Ironbridge, Stottesdon, Rushbury, Norbury, Brockton, and Hadnall primary schools closed early.

Coalbrookdale and Ironbridge schools will be closed on Tuesday, Telford and Wrekin Council said.

Rail services between Wellington and Shrewsbury were affected, as was the A49 near Shrewsbury.

The road was closed at Battlefield roundabout and further north at Hadnall.

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for Wesley Brook in Shifnal.

It also placed warnings on the River Vyrnwy at Melverley and Maesbrook.

The rail line between Wellington and Shrewsbury reopened after earlier flooding, although some trains were operating at reduced speed, Network Rail said.

Arriva Trains Wales advised passengers in the county "to only make essential journeys due to the severe disruption caused by flooding".

Floods also closed Dale Road in Ironbridge, along with the Wharfage and Buildwas Road.

Southbound the A49 was partially blocked around Craven Arms and Onibury, with heavy flooding also on the B4368 Clun to Craven Arms road.

Wellington Railway Station
Floods earlier closed the line between Wellington and Shrewsbury

Underdale Road in Shrewsbury was closed as well as Newport Road in Albrighton and Watling Street in Craven Arms.

Shropshire Council said it had received reports of severe problems on the A49 at Church Stretton in the south of the county.

June Vaughan said her home in Halfway House, off the A458, had been flooded for the first time in 53 years.

"It's coming through the gates, it's all through the house, the lawns are flooded," she said.

Resident Melvyn Biddulph said it was the "first time in 40 years" he had seen water pouring over the top of the dam at Holmer Lake in Telford.

Hazardous conditions were also reported on the A41 around Sandford and Prees Heath, and on the A442 near Quatt.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service said it had dealt with a high volume of calls and urged people to only contact them if lives were at risk.

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