More flood barriers to be erected in Shrewsbury

Flooded Cars Image copyright Dave Throup
Image caption Shropshire Council said it had to tow cars from flooded areas
Flooding in Shrewsbury
Image caption Flood warnings remained in place for the River Severn in Shrewsbury
Flooded tennis courts
Image caption Tennis courts near the Town Walls were covered by water
Welsh Bridge
Image caption The Environment Agency said the River Severn was at its highest level "for a number of years"
English Bridge
Image caption River levels were predicted to hit 4.6m (15ft) in some parts of Shrewsbury

More flood defences are being erected in Shrewsbury, the Environment Agency has said.

Barriers have gone up at Coleham Head, as the river reached its "trigger" level.

Shropshire Council, which has already closed several roads and two car parks in Shrewsbury, warned motorists to expect further disruption.

Defences have also been erected in Bridgnorth after the River Severn hit record levels.

Forecasters are predicting more rain will hit the county, with 14 flood warnings currently in place.

Shropshire Council's environmental maintenance manager Tim Sneddon told the BBC the Severn was expected to peak at 4.6m (15ft) at about 19:00 GMT.

He said he expected more roads would be closed but did not think it would be necessary to evacuate any properties "at the moment".

A number of roads across Shropshire remain closed, as well as the Frankwell car parks in Shrewsbury. There are also reports of snow in Church Stretton.

Morgan Wray, from the Environment Agency, told BBC Radio Shropshire the barriers could remain "into next week".

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