Sunday , February 28 2021

West Midlands floods: 'Ten days of difficult conditions' to come – BBC News,



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“There was a massive bang, then the barriers were coming towards the house “, one woman said

“Another 10 days of difficult conditions “has been predicted for parts of the Midlands devastated by flooding.

There are fears Shropshire and Worcestershire, where evacuations have been taking place, will be further affected following heavy rain in Wales.

On Wednesday, barriers holding back the River Severn at Ironbridge buckled and water seeped underneath.

Meanwhile the same river overtopped defences in Bewdley, Worcestershire.

Deputy Chief Constable Julian Moss from West Mercia Police told a press conference on Wednesday evening the force anticipated its presence on the ground will “continue for the next days “at least.

He s Aid emergency crews also remain on the ground in “many places that are still flooded and have been for some time”, as more wet weather was forecast.

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                                     Residents in the Wharfage area of ​​Ironbridge were evacuated                              

Overnight on Tuesday, while the main flood defenses in Bewdley stood firm, those in the Beales Corner area of ​​town saw water from a swollen River Severn come over the top.

About 90 properties were either flooded or at risk and on Wednesday some residents were rescued on a fire service dinghy, although 24 people chose to stay in their homes.

Then in Ironbridge, Shropshire, 084 homes were evacuated as an emergency measure when a flood barrier buckled.

Parts of neighboring Shrewsbury have been under water for the last three days, while swathes of Worcestershire flooded last week in the wake of Storm Dennis.

A severe flood warning – meaning danger to life – remains in place for the Wharfage area of ​​Ironbridge.

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                                     Bewdley was flooded on Tuesday night                              

Mr Moss said: “We understand the devastation and terrible impact this unprecedented situation.” has had on our communities.

“Flood waters are set to recede quite slowly and are likely to be topped up again, with additional rain over the weekend and at the end of next week.

“We would therefore ask people to take this into consideration when making accommodation arrangements for themselves and any pets or livestock.”


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