Man winched from flooded River Severn in Bridgnorth

Shropshire firefighter training on the River Severn in Bridgnorth Image copyright Shropshire Fire and Rescue
Image caption Shropshire firefighters train for rescues on the River Severn in Bridgnorth

A man has been winched to safety from the flooded River Severn in Shropshire.

A firefighter was lowered into the river at Bridgnorth to rescue the man using ropes and line safety equipment at about 00:00 GMT on Friday.

Firefighters from Bridgnorth, Tweedale and Shrewsbury were involved in the rescue, including a specialist Water Rescue Unit.

Environment Agency flood warnings are in place for the River Severn in Shrewsbury, Ironbridge and Jackfield.

Flood defences

The Met Office has predicted further heavy rain across the county and a yellow weather warning for up to an inch (25mm) of rain is in force until Saturday evening.

Flood barriers remain in place in Shrewsbury and have been put back up in Ironbridge.

The Wharfage in Ironbridge has been closed to traffic, although businesses are open as usual, Telford and Wrekin Council said.

Shropshire Council said Gravel Hill Lane and Sydney Avenue in Shrewsbury were closed due to flooding, as well as Chilton Farm Lane in Atcham and the Atcham to Cross Houses road.

Image copyright Ironbridge Antiques Arts and Crafts Centre
Image caption Flood defences have gone up in Ironbridge, just four days after being removed

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