Flooding update - February 2022

Following Storm Eunice and Storm Franklin, we are experiencing serious flooding in parts of Telford and Wrekin. Here's what you need to know.

Flooding update - February 2022

Updated 14.46 on Thursday 24 February 2022

Whilst it’s good news that there’s no longer considered to be a risk to life, there’s still lots of people affected as well as roads and low lying land. 

We’re busy working alongside you on the clean-up - road sweeping, clearing debris, collecting sandbags and skips will be also be out today for residents needing to dispose of flood debris. 

It would be helpful (only if you can) to leave used sandbags on the edge of footpaths to help crews with the clear up.  

We’ll be in touch with everyone affected to see if there is any more help or support we can give.

Roads Now Open

Dale End
Buildwas Road
Coalford Road
Waterloo Street
Dale End car park
The Lloyds
The Wharfage barriers are being removed
Wharfage Car park open from 3pm 


Still Closed

Ferry Road 



Update 8:10pm on Wednesday 23 February 2022

Severe flood warning removed and major incident stood down

With water levels steadily falling, the Environment Agency have now downgraded their flood warning at the Wharfage from ‘severe’ to ‘flooding is expected’ and the multi-agency response team have removed the major incident status.

Whilst it’s good news that there’s no longer considered to be a risk to life, there’s still lots of people being affected by the flood water and we’re ready to work alongside you on the clean-up.

Been affected by floodwater and need help?

Want to volunteer to help someone in need?

Call us on 01952 384000. We’re open 9am – 8pm this Thursday (24th) and Friday (25th), 9am – 1pm Saturday (26th) and Sunday (27th)


Update Midday on Wednesday 23 February 2022

Waterloo Street has reopened


Update 11:30am on Wednesday 23 February 2022

Relief as water level peaks just before overtopping flood defences at Ironbridge

Flood water from the River Severn peaked between 10pm and 2am last night at 6.65m, bringing relief after fears it would overtop temporary flood defences at the Wharfage in Ironbridge.

Telford & Wrekin Council, the Environment Agency and the emergency services closely monitored the river level through the night, concerned that it was likely to exceed 6.8 metres – the maximum level that the barriers could contain. Fortunately, the peak didn’t reach this level which would have led to even more devastation for the local area.

The river gauge at the Wharfage was measuring 6.62m as of 6.30am this morning and the flood waters are high but now slowly retreating.

Despite not breaching the defences, the area is still severely affected by flood waters and Environment Agency pumps are on site to reduce the impact as far as possible.

Local residents have been supported to evacuate affected properties.

Please stay safe and stay away from the area.



Update 15:20 on Tuesday 22 February 2022

Ironbridge

ROAD CLOSURE

Waterloo Street in Ironbridge is being closed at 4pm today due to rising water levels.

Please use Buildwas Bridge if you need to cross the river.


Update 9am on Tuesday 22 February 2022

No access to The Wharfage at Ironbridge

The river level has now reached 6.2 metres in the area around The Wharfage at Ironbridge.

This means that it’s no longer safe to go behind the flood barriers and The Wharfage is closed to vehicles and pedestrians.

Please stay away from the area.

If we’ve contacted you to ask you to evacuate your property, and you’ve not yet done so, please get in touch using the details we’ve provided to you in the letter. We can arrange accommodation for you if you’re unable to stay with friends or family. We can also help with transport if you don’t have your own.

We will be in contact again today with all residents who are at risk of flooding across the Gorge to ensure they are safe and well and help where we are able to.

The Environment Agency have now moved to high ground next to the Museum of the Gorge. Their pumps are fuelled with high capacity fuel tanks and will operate for 4-5 days without attendance.

Stay safe everyone.

Roads and Parking

Dale End is now closed.

Madeley Road has re-opened with temporary traffic lights.

See full list of road closures below.

Dale End car park and The Wharfage car park are now closed.

Wharfage businesses are temporarily closed.

Reminders

Please do not move any security fencing. It is there for everyone's protection

Please do not drive through flood waters. This is always dangerous, plus in built up areas it causes waves which are damaging nearby properties.

Around the borough

Dale End - we are now pumping the water to try and keep the rising water levels down

Jackfield - we are supporting residents and supplying them with sand bags to help them manage the rising levels

Buses

Services 8 & 18 serving Madeley as normal then diverting via the Ironbridge bypass direct to Much Wenlock, not serving the Gorge as the Lloyds is flooded and the section from the bottom of Madeley Bank is closed. No service to Jackfield.

Service 19, currently diverting after Lightmoor via the Lawley bypass and M54/A5 due to B4380 flooded at Atcham.

Monday 21 February

Ironbridge Gorge

MAJOR INCIDENT DECLARED

Danger to life - act now if you live in the affected area

The Environment Agency has upgraded the flood risk to severe in parts of Ironbridge, which is expected to peak at 6.8m-7m.

Council teams and contractors are working with the Environment Agency. Following their advice, we are asking and supporting residents to evacuate from this afternoon.

Those who need to evacuate will be spoken to in person and/or receive a letter from a member of our team. We’re expecting around 60 properties to be impacted by the flooding.

We would strongly advise people to avoid the Ironbridge Gorge area where possible, and not to drive through any flood waters.

Find out if you're at risk of flooding and take immediate action to protect yourself and your property

The river is currently predicted to peak at between 6.8m-7m

Pedestrian access is still open and businesses remain open as usual - update 22 Feb: no pedestrian access now

Sandbags: Residents concerned about flooding can now collect sandbags from the following locations: Ironbridge Central Car Park and outside the Black Swan Pub

Road Closures

Waterloo Street - update midday 23 Feb: Waterloo Street has now reopened

The Wharfage (and car park)

Buildwas Road

Dale End (and car park)

Coalford

Ferry Road

We expect to have more road closures over the next couple of days and will provide updates as these occur.

Roads re-opening

Madeley Road has re-opened with temporary traffic lights.

Around the borough

We are experiencing localised flooding across the borough and have teams on the ground to keep people safe.

Here’s a reminder of some of the key things you need to know:

Visit our flood advice pages

You can report flooding and draining problems online or via the MyTelford App.

You can call our Contact Centre on 01952 384000. For an emergency which is likely to cause an immediate risk to life, please call 999.

Report a fallen tree

Report a highways issue

Report a power cut or affected cables to Western Power

Rail - Transport for Wales and West Midlands Railway service disruptions 

Bus - Visit the Arriva website for details of any disruptions




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