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Flood alerts issued for parts of Shropshire after heavy rain

By Mat Growcott | South Shropshire | News | Published:

Flood alerts have been issued for parts of Shropshire as a result of heavy rainfall.

Water on the floodplain reflecting the setting sun caught the eye of photographer Rob Evans. He was passing the Royal Hill at Edgerley, near Melverley, when he captured this image.

The Environment Agency has warned people who live near Severn Vyrnwy Confluence or Upper Teme to be prepared in case the river rises.

"River levels are forecast to rise at the Llanymynech river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is expected to begin by this evening," the agency said.

"Flooding could affect low lying land and roads adjacent to the river from the Welsh border to Shrawardine near Shrewsbury. Other locations that may be affected include Llanymynech, Maesbrook and Melverley. Further rainfall is forecast over the next eight hours."

To the south of Shropshire, areas such as Bishop's Castle, Church Stretton, Knighton and Ludlow could be affected by floods.

This is because of water levels rising at the Leintwardine river gauge.

Wales could also face also heavy today after a severe weather warning was issued in parts of the country.

The Met Office says homes and businesses in the worst-hit areas could also potentially be flooded as Storm Etienne passes over the UK.

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Areas affected include Powys, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Swansea, with “heavy rain and possible flooding” expected.

The Environment Agency was set to update its flood alerts at 2pm today.

Heavy rain is set to batter Shropshire throughout the day into the evening.

The rest of the week will see light rain and wind.

Watch the Met office forecast:

Wednesday morning forecast 05/12/2018
Mat Growcott

By Mat Growcott
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