Shrewsbury flood defences up as River Severn rises

Flood defences have been put back up in Shrewsbury as levels rise on the River Severn.

The Met Office warned of further heavy rain and strong winds of up to 20 mph on Friday night and on Sunday.

The Environment Agency issued a flood alert for the whole of the River Severn through Shropshire.

Alerts also remain in place for the rivers Teme, Onny, Corve, Lugg and the confluence of the Severn and Vyrnwy near Maesbrook.

Roy Stokes, from the agency, said the current alert in Shrewsbury was expected to be upgraded over the next 24 hours and that defences were likely to stay up in the Frankwell area until next week.

"We recognise that these can be an inconvenience, but not as much as an inconvenience as having your house flooded," he said.

The defences were up over Christmas, before being removed on Saturday.

Mr Stokes added defences were not expected to be needed further downstream in Ironbridge, although the Environment Agency would be monitoring the situation closely.

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