Shropshire

Major road in Shrewsbury reopens after flooding

Spar store at Battlefield, Shrewsbury
Image caption The Spar store at Battlefield in Shrewsbury was flooded by up to 4ft of water

A key route around Shrewsbury has reopened after heavy rain led to flooding on Monday.

The town's A5124 Battlefield link road was under more than 4ft of water at the height of the floods.

Shropshire Council staff towed out several vehicles, including a recovery lorry, before pumping out standing water.

Frankwell car park in Shrewsbury town centre remains closed as a precaution, the local authority said.

People in the Harlescott Grange area of Shrewsbury have been cleaning up after problems with a blocked sewage drain led to overflowing toilets and sewage in gardens.

Local resident Carol Bird said: "It's restricted my use of water, because I'm worried the more water I use it's going to make it worse, because it's all going into the same area."

'Mopping up'

A Spar store and petrol station, in Battlefield, Shrewsbury, remained closed as staff started the clean-up operation.

Area manager Gareth James said: "The focus is now on mopping up and checking the petrol tanks to make sure no water has got in, but we should be ok."

The store, which was also badly hit by floods four years ago, is expected to reopen by the end of the week.

Melanie Knowles, manager at the Two Henrys pub, Battlefield, said although it had remained open during the floods, business had been hit.

She said most of the pub's customers had been drivers who were forced to abandon their cars in floodwater.

A flood warning issued for the River Severn on Tuesday morning has been downgraded by the Environment Agency.

Arriva Trains Wales said rail services were expected to return to normal after an "enormous amount of disruption" particularly around Shrewsbury.

Heavy downpours across England have resulted in homes being evacuated, disruption to train services and school closures while many roads have been closed as a result of flooding.

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