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Flooding: UPDATE Wednesday 3 January 4pm

Related topics: Climate change / environment / Highways, transport and environmental maintenance / Public protection

Heavy rainfall across the region has caused issues with rising river levels, and surface water is causing flash flooding across the county, making travel difficult.

This morning there was a power cut, and the bus station in Shrewsbury closure continues this afternoon.

Passengers are advised that the temporary terminals are:

  • New Park Road near Beacalls Lane
  • Abbey Foregate HGV, Coach and Car Park / Abbey Foregate / Old Potts Way
  • Frankwell

Raven Meadows Multi-Storey Car Park is open. Access is now only from Castle Foregate, and via Meadow Place, with the one-way system operating as two way traffic.

The A41 Bletchley, near Market Drayton, dual carriageway reopened earlier this morning.

Flood barriers are in place in Frankwell, Shrewsbury, and will remain until further notice; and flood defences at Coleham Head are also in place.

River levels are rising and current levels remain high, so we will see some further impact on the highway network over the next couple of days. The level reached 3.58m at the Welsh Bridge gauge at 4.15pm yesterday and has continued to rise today: we are monitoring for the ongoing rise or next peak in the next 24 hours.

The peak we have been provided by our partners is currently 4.9m at the Welsh Bridge gauge, due Thursday 4 January am.

Bridgnorth is expected to reach a peak at between 4.5m and 4.8m Thursday 4 January pm.

In Ludlow the level at 4.15pm yesterday was 3.00m at the River Teme gauge and was rising, with an expected peak of 3.5m to 3.7m achieved overnight Tuesday 2 Jan late pm / Wed 3 Jan am.

There are 12 Flood Warnings and eight Flood Alerts in Shropshire, instructing those living near these areas to take action or be prepared for flooding.

Flood Warnings are: River Severn at Pentre, River Severn at Quatford, River Severn at Shrawardine, Montford Bridge and Mytton, River Severn at the Showground and The Quarry, Shrewsbury, River Teme at Eardiston, River Teme at Leintwardine and Walford, River Vyrnwy at Maesbrook, River Vyrnwy at Melverley, River Corve at Ludlow and River Severn at Shrewsbury.

Flood Alerts are: Ledwyche Brook and River Rea, Lower Teme, Rea Brook and Cound Brook, River Severn in Shropshire, River Worfe, Severn Vyrnwy confluence, Tern and Perry catchments and Upper Teme .

People are reminded not to enter floodwaters. Do not drive into floodwaters. Not only is it a risk to life for drivers but abandoning vehicles in floods risk blocking emergency access routes. 

To stay up to date on the latest flooding advice for your area visit: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/station/2036

Bridgnorth and surrounding areas 

Bridgnorth is expected to reach a peak at between 4.5m and 4.8m this afternoon.

Footpath closures

Footpath from Bylet to Wellmeadow

Southwell Riverside

Severnside South Road and The Boat Yard

Doctors Lane

Severn Terrace


Llanymynech and surrounding areas 

A Flood Warning is in place for the River Vyrnwy at Maesbrook and Melverley.


Flood alerts are in place for both the Upper Teme and Lower Teme catchments.


Road closures

Phase 1

Gravel Hill Lane

Sydney Avenue

Atcham to Cross Houses and Chiltern Farm Lane

Coleham Head – lane closure into town centre

Phase 2 

Smithfield Road – now completely closed

Coton Hill / Chester Street

Berwick Road

Old Coleham

Victoria Avenue

Longden Coleham into town

Williams Way

Raven Meadows at Roushill side


Cressage to Eaton Constantine

Footpath closures

  • Towpath closed from Greyfriars Bridge to The Weir
  • Towpath closed from The Pig trough to West Mid Showground
  • Towpath closed from New Street to The Stew / Frankwell Riverside Car Park

Bus station

Shrewsbury bus station is closed. Temporary bus terminals are set up at:

  • New Park Road below Beacalls Lane (Harlescott Park and Ride drop off and pick up)
  • Abbey Foregate car park – coach bays and half of the lower section of the car park (Meole Brace Park and Ride drop off and pick up, and for some services Abbey Foregate by the Abbey)
  • Theatre Severn and Oxon Park and Ride on Frankwell Island, (Oxon Park and Ride drop off and pick up on Frankwell Island)

Car park closures

If you are thinking of travelling into the town centre please walk or cycle. If you are driving, please use the Park & Ride services instead. For those needing to park in the town centre we recommend Abbey Foregate Car Park, or Shirehall Overflow Car Park off London Road.

  • Frankwell Riverside Car Park – closed due to occupation by our partner the Environment Agency.
  • Frankwell Main Car Park – closed until further notice. Frankwell resident, season and weekly ticket holders can use Raven Meadows MSCP. Please check the opening hours at Raven Meadows or check at the car park office on the left-hand side of the entry lane. If the barrier does not raise on entry, take a ticket and after parking you will need to show proof of purchase and your ticket number to enable assistance on exit.
  • St Julian’s Friar’s Car Park – closed until further notice. St Julian’s Friar’s resident permit holders can use Abbey Foregate Car Park and are asked to park ideally on the top tier.

Theatre Severn audiences are advised the nearest alternative parking is at Raven Meadows Multi-Storey Car Park, which is currently only accessible via Castle Foregate, and Meadow Place. Matinee performance audiences were advised to use the Shrewsbury Park & Ride service.

Waste collections

If we’re unable to collect your waste / recycling due to flooding, please leave your refuse bin out. If we can’t get to you on your scheduled collection day we’ll come back and collect it as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Take your garden waste bin back in, and put it out on your next scheduled garden waste collection day.

Leave your recycling bin / boxes and blue sacks out (as long as they don’t present a trip hazard or may be washed away). We’ll collect them as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Flood support for residents and businesses