Shropshire

Shrewsbury's Frankwell car park reopens

Flood defences being installed along the River Severn
Image caption Flood defences were put up in Ironbridge on Monday

Shrewsbury's Frankwell car park has reopened after flood warnings were downgraded by the Environment Agency.

A less serious flood alert remained in place along the River Severn in Shropshire on Thursday evening.

Dave Throup from the agency said flood barriers would remain up in Ironbridge for the next few days.

More rain is forecast for parts of Wales and Shropshire in the next three days and Mr Throup said River Severn levels were expected to rise again.

The Wharfage in Ironbridge remained closed but Telford and Wrekin Council said many shops, restaurants and pubs were open as normal.

Some traders in the town said the weather and flood barriers, which went up on Monday, had badly affected trade.

Nigel Byard, from Ironbridge Antiques, Arts and Crafts Centre, said the closure of Jiggers Bank, after a landslide on 27 November, was also having a negative impact.

The agency said it had worked with the local authority to improve access behind the barriers.

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