Ironbridge residents urged to leave homes as flood barriers overwhelmed

Residents in riverside properties in Ironbridge have been told to leave their homes and businesses immediately after temporary flood barriers were overwhelmed by water.

The barriers holding back the floodwater from the River Severn moved overnight in Shropshire and police said they appeared to be buckling under the pressure.

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

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Ironbridge residents urged to leave homes as flood barriers overwhelmed
Ironbridge residents urged to leave homes as flood barriers overwhelmed
Temporary flood barriers which have been moved by the River Severn towards the Wharfage in Ironbridge, Shropshire. Police have advised people to leave their homes after the barriers moved nearer to properties.
The scene in Ironbridge, Shropshire, where residents in riverside properties have been told to leave their homes and businesses immediately, after temporary flood barriers holding back the floodwater from the River Severn moved overnight and appeared to be buckling under the pressure.
The Boat Inn in Jackfield near Ironbridge, Shropshire, floodwaters have reached the highest levels in memory as the River Severn remains high, with warnings of further flooding across the UK. See PA story WEATHER Storm. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire
A flood-hit property at Ironbridge in Shropshire as due in Ironbridge, Shropshire. The Environment Agency said the river reached a level of around 6.8 metres at Ironbridge overnight.
The Boat Inn in Jackfield near Ironbridge, Shropshire, floodwaters have reached the highest levels in memory as the River Severn remains high, with warnings of further flooding across the UK. See PA story WEATHER Storm. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Temporary flood barriers on the Wharfage in Ironbridge, Shropshire, as the River Severn remains high, with warnings of further flooding across the UK. See PA story WEATHER Storm. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Vic Haddock's boathouse in Ironbridge, Shropshire, is partially submerged as the River Severn remains high, with warnings of further flooding across the UK. See PA story WEATHER Storm. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Temporary flood barriers hold back the river Severn in Ironbridge, Shropshire, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis.
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West Mercia Police Chief Superintendent Tom Harding said officers were visiting residents of Wharfage to tell them to evacuate.

He said in a video on Twitter: "Potentially, we've got water that has started to come underneath the flood barriers and in areas it appears that it is buckling.

"We want to be open and transparent with the public and residents here so they make that informed decision to come with us."

Police could be seen knocking on doors along the riverside to ensure that residents living on Wharfage had left their homes.

Barriers were also erected in side streets to ensure that people did not approach the river.

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

Some residents declined to leave their properties, including one occupant who also opted not to move a car parked within yards of the riverside.

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