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Shropshire Council preparing for floods in Bridgnorth

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Shropshire Council are in Bridgnorth and surrounding areas today and tonight (Tuesday 25 February 2020) to give advice and support to residents and businesses that may be affected by flooding as water levels continue to rise.

Officers from the council’s flood management team and staff volunteers are door knocking today in Bridgnorth, Wharf Caravan Park and Coalport.

An image of a Shropshire Council officer offering support to a resident affected by the floods caused by Storm Dennis

Checking on people in Bridgnorth

They will be giving information about the rising river levels and the flood risk, and telling them to be prepared as water may enter their properties.

Tim Smith, Shropshire Council’s assistant director of commercial services, said:-

“Over the past week Shropshire Council has been working with Bridgnorth Town Council, the Environment Agency and other key partners to ensure the safety of residents, businesses and infrastructure.

“The safety of our people is of crucial importance to us all at Shropshire Council. We will continue to support our communities across the county, including Bridgnorth, to help them return to normal as quickly possible.”

3,100 sandbags have been handed out in Bridgnorth to residents and businesses preparing for the risk of flooding, which includes 800 over the past two days. Over 10,200 have been distributed across the county.

People can access the sandbags at Bridgnorth Highways at Kier Stourbridge Road Depot (next to the salt barn) WV15 6AN, and at the corners of Doctors Lane and Mill Street, and Doctors Lane and Bandon Lane. Sandbags will be left outside for people to collect.

Bridgnorth travel information 

The Riverside and Riverside West elevated car parks are both closed due to flooding. If residents or customers hold a valid resident or season on or off permit please use Innage Lane Car Park.

Doctors Lane, Riverside and Severnside South in Bridgnorth are all closed due to flooding.

A442 between Sutton Maddock and Bandon Island is also closed due to flooding and will remain closed until at least Friday 28 February.

For more information about road and car park closures across Shropshire, visit https://newsroom.shropshire.gov.uk/2020/02/flooding-update-tuesday-25-february-6-30pm/

Lee Jakeman, Town Clerk at Bridgnorth Town Council, said:

“Bridgnorth Town Council have, and will continue to, work with Shropshire Council and multi-agency partners to provide assistance in mitigating the impact on Bridgnorth residents. We have been involved with some contingency planning discussions and stand ready to help under the stewardship of Shropshire Council to ensure a co-ordinated approach.”

  How can you prepare for flooding? 

In preparation for flooding, you are advised to:

  • Raise furniture off the floor and take valuables upstairs
  • Pack an overnight bag with essentials
  • Register for the flood alerts
  • Use the Flood Information Service and council website to stay up to date with the situation.

You can keep up to date with flood information on the Environment Agency website: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings?location=shropshire.

Further information

Please follow Shropshire Council on Facebook or twitter for the latest information.

For help and advice please call Shropshire Council on 0345 678 9006 or visit our website.