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Flood-crisis town evacuated overnight amid fears barriers will buckle hours after defenses failed just 20 – the sun, thesun.co.uk

FLOOD-HIT Ironbridge was evacuated overnight amid fears its defenses are about to burst just hours after a nearby town was left submerged.

The Shropshire town was cleared as a ‘danger to life’ flood warning is issued for today by the Environment Agency.

 Ironbridge in Shropshire has been evacuated as flood barriers are close to bursting

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Ironbridge in Shropshire has been evacuated as flood barriers are close to bursting

Bewdley, miles away, is already underwater

A ‘danger to life’ flood warning has been issued in Ironbridge

Flood defenses broke in Bewdley yesterday after people spent days battling against rising water levels and flood warnings in the wake of Storm Dennis.

Despite nearly 92 homes being evacuated in the flood-hit town and the warnings of danger, some people still refused to leave.

IT engineer John Howell, 192, who lives in Bewdley, said: “My friend rang me in tears saying her home had been wrecked by the floods.

“She evacuated before the floods overtopped the barriers, but everything in her bottom floor has been wrecked. She just didn’t have enough time to move everything.

“It’s not an exaggeration to say that people are in utter despair. It’s a grim time for everyone. ”

Downriver in Stourport, ft plastic dinosaurs at a children’s play park were left with just their heads poking out above the floodwater.

Playland owner John Ready said of his half-drowned dinosaur: “It is bizarre seeing him positioned like that but it shows how deep the water has risen.

“It’s devastating. We’re told these storms are once in a hundred years, we’ve had two in a week. ”

 Residents in Ironbridge, Shropshire, have been evacuated as the River Severn bursts its banks

Residents in Ironbridge, Shropshire, have been evacuated as the River Severn bursts its banks Credit: AFP or licensors

 Ironbridge in Shropshire has been evacuated as flood barriers are close to bursting People in Bewdley have also been evacuated from their homes after flooding Credit: Getty Images – Getty

Rescuers use an inflatable boat to navigate flooded streets in Bewdley Credit: SWNS: South West News Service

A 35 ft-tall plastic dinosaur at a children’s play park is almost fully submerged by the waters Credit: SnapperSK

How Playland in Stourport looked before the floods, with the submerged dinosaur on the right

 The River Severn at Ironbridge at very high levels

The River Severn at Ironbridge at very high levels Credit: AFP or licensors

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Flood defenses were breached in Bewdley, Worcestershire overnight Credit: Alamy Live News
 Rescuers use an inflatable boat to navigate flooded streets in Bewdley

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The River Severn burst its banks. in Bewdley, Worcestershire last night – flooding the town

Beale’s Corner in Bewdley was flooded after water surged over flood barriers erected after Storm Dennis Credit: Alamy Live News

 Beale's Corner in Bewdley was flooded after water surged over flood barriers erected after Storm Dennis

A yellow weather warning of snow and ice has been issued for much of the Midlands including the River Severn in Shropshire, where flood defences buckled under the pressure of water.

West Mercia Police said on Wednesday evening they were “waiting to see what happens overnight”, as officers continued to tell people in the Wharfage to leave their homes and businesses.

Deputy Chief Constable Julian Moss said: “We are waiting to see what happens overnight and we are monitoring closely with colleagues at the Environment Agency, and an operational plan is in place with Shropshire Fire and Rescue should it be required.”

A “swathe of wet weather” from the South West is due to push in overnight and into rush hour on Thursday, when two yellow weather warnings of snow have been issued by the Met Office.

Meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “It’s not just the snow, there’s going to be a fair bit of rainfall mixed in with it.

“It’s not going to be large amounts, between – mm of rain in some places, but it could be falling on heavily saturated areas. “

Flooding along parts of the River Severn, which remained close to its highest levels in some areas, is likely until at least Sunday, the Environment Agency said.

A severe flood warning covering the river at Wharfage remained in place on Wednesday night, while flood warnings and flood alerts had been issued.

Earlier on Wednesday, police could be seen knocking on doors along the riverside to ensure that residents live on Wharfage had left their homes.

Temporary flood defences had been pushed back towards a pub and other businesses, sparking fears that the defenses could be fully breached.

Treasure Island fair ground is surrounded by flooding in Stourport on Severn after the River Severn burst its banks Credit: SnapperSK

The river water is right up against houses. in Bewdley, Worcestershire, after severe rainfall Credit: PA: Press Association

The river burst it’s banks last night. – pouring over defences set up in the wake of Storm Dennis Credit: PA: Press Association

Heavy flooding on Gowdall Lane in Snaith, East Yorkshire where a flood warning is in place after homes were evacuated last night

Credit: SWNS: South West News Service

64 Towns in areas already hit by heavy rains and flooding are ready to battle against more rain today Credit: SWNS: South West News Service

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Flood barriers have moved due to the weight of water in the River Severn in the Wharfage area of ​​Ironbridge Credit: PA: Press Association
 Flood barriers have moved due to the weight of water in the River Severn in the Wharfage area of Ironbridge

Floodwater creeps up on a house in Snaith, East Yorkshire Credit: SWNS: South West News Service

The Bewdley Rowing Club – where the river burst its banks Credit: SWNS: South West News Service

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England has received over 720% of its average February rainfall, according to the Environment Agency, with some areas experiencing a month’s worth of rain in (hours.)

Toby Willison, executive director of operations at the Environment Agency, said: “Our operational teams continue to work night and day to protect communities alongside the River Severn, which is experiencing record levels.

“River levels will remain exceptionally high on the Severn for some time and communities, in particular Shrewsbury, Bewdley, Bridgnorth and Ironbridge, should prepare for ongoing ongoing severe flooding.”

Aerial images capture the devastating flooding over Worcester, Worcestershire, after the River Severn burst its banks Credit: Phil Harrison / Triangle News

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