Flooding update Friday 22 Jan midday: River peaks in Shrewsbury at 4.95m
The River Severn peaked in Shrewsbury at Welsh Bridge earlier this morning at 4.95m, with flooding across Smithfield Road and into town, with Coleham also badly impacted.
We expect river levels to remain high for the next few days. We are closely monitoring the situation at present.
Our staff have been out patrolling overnight Thursday into Friday and will be out again tonight ensuring everyone’s safety.
We have been out checking on vulnerable residents who could be impacted and have also moved a handful to shelter away from the water – they have all been given lateral flow coronavirus tests to guarantee their safety and that of others.
We also want to thank the resilient Shropshire communities for coming together and helping each other out. People across the county have supported themselves and each other in difficult circumstances and we want to thank them.
Environment Agency incident response staff are checking defences and liaising with emergency services. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses.
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
Atcham to Cross Houses and Chiltern Farm Lane
Coleham Head – lane closure into town centre
Longden Coleham into town
Cressage to Eaton Constantine
Longden Coleham – out of town
Chester Street/Cross Street
Coleham Head (For EA Demountable Barrier)
Atcham to Berwick Wharf
B4380 Shrewsbury to Atcham
The bus station in Shrewsbury town centre will be closed today and buses will run from the temporary bus termini at Abbey Foregate Car Park, New Park Road and Theatre Severn.
The services in operation will drop off and terminate at the three designated flood stops at Theatre Severn, New Park Road and Abbey Foregate car park.
Bus services are currently continuing to operate from the following locations in Shrewsbury:
Theatre Severn – Services 11, 20. 70, 70A, 552/553, 558
Abbey Foregate – Services 1, 8, 19, 21 23, 26, 27, 435, 436, 544/546, X4, X5
New Park Road – Services 2, 24, 25, 64, 501, 511, 519, Harlescott P&R
Please note the 576 service will drop off to the rear of Tesco and customers need to catch the 24/25 service to New Park Road
Sandbag supplies are limited. 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