Following a period of heavy rainfall over the Welsh mountains, Shropshire and Herefordshire and Worcestershire river levels are rising on the Rivers Severn, Wye and Teme as well as some of their tributaries. Further rainfall is forecast on Monday 21/02/2022. Based upon this forecast rainfall and the already saturated catchments and full rivers, we are likely to see levels on the River Severn approach those recorded in February 2020. We are closely monitoring the situation.
Temporary barriers at Ironbridge have been deployed. The barriers at Frankwell in Shrewsbury are already in place and we are currently increasing these to full height. The Coleham Head defences in Shrewsbury are being deployed today (Monday 21/02/22). The demountable barriers in Hereford have been deployed. In Bewdley on the River Severn, the Severnside barriers phase 1 and 2 and Beales Corner barriers have been deployed. The New St & Waterside gates in Upton are closed. Dunns Lane gate will close by 10:30 today. The pumps at Kempsey are operational.
The upper range of the forecast peaks along the River Severn are similar to those experienced in early February 2020. On the River Wye in Hereford, river levels could reach those previously seen in December 2015.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Flood Warning Duty OfficerWest Midlands Area (Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire)