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Flooding update Friday 22 Jan midday: River peaks in Shrewsbury at 4.95m

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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.

The scene looking towards Smithfield Road

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


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

Businesses have been hit in Coleham

Bus services

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

Flooding in Shrewsbury in January 2021


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


Further information

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