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Flooding update: River set to peak in Shrewsbury tonight (Thurs 21 Jan)

Related topics: Community / Highways, transport and environmental maintenance / Partner organisations

River levels in Shropshire will continue to rise tonight (Thursday 21 January 2021), with a peak of between 4.7m and 5.1m at Welsh Bridge, Shrewsbury.

The Environment Agency is now deploying barriers at Coleham Head as of 4.15pm.

Please continue to adhere to road and car park closures; they are in place for people’s safety and will cease as soon as flooding and associated hazards subside.

River levels

  • The river levels will continue to rise overnight with the estimated peak adjusted to 4.4 to 4.8 metres by the Environment Agency
  • The Environment Agency is deploying the Coleham Head barriers now
  • The current level (4.15pm) is 4.08m at the Welsh Bridge gauge and still on a sharp rise at the moment.
  • We have teams working on the road closures with our term maintenance contractor Kier.

Road and footpath closures – mostly Shrewsbury

Towpath closed from Greyfriars Bridge to The Weir

Towpath closed from The Pig trough to West Midland Showground

Towpath closed from New Street to The Stew/Frankwell Riverside Car Park

Gravel Hill Lane

Sydney Avenue

Atcham to Cross Houses and Chiltern Farm Lane

Coleham Head – lane closure into town centre

Berwick Road

Old Coleham

Victoria Avenue

Longden Coleham into town

Williams Way

Raven Meadows

Smithfield Road – lane closure


Cressage to Eaton Constantine

Longden Coleham – out of town

Coton Hill

Chester Street/Cross Street

Coleham Head (For EA Demountable Barrier)

Atcham to Berwick Wharf

B4380 Shrewsbury to Atcham


Sandbag supplies are limited, but we are just providing more supplies that can be collected from Longden Road Depot. Two pallets have been delivered to Longden Coleham to be used and shared between properties at this location.

Car park closures

Frankwell Riverside Car Park

Frankwell Main Car Park

St Julian’s Friar’s Car Park

Further information

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