Storm Christoph brings flooding and travel disruption

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Motorists are urged to be careful, because of flooding or standing water on roads

Storm Christoph brought flooding and some travel disruption to Shropshire as river levels continue to rise.

Earlier, part of the A5 was closed at Gobowen and the rail line between Shrewsbury and Machynlleth remains flooded. Buses are being provided.

There are five flood warnings for the River Severn, between Maesbrook and Shrewsbury, and more flood barriers were put up in the town.

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A number of minor roads around Shropshire have been flooded

However, more rain is expected, the Environment Agency said, and river levels are expected to remain high until Thursday afternoon.

Flood barriers were put up in the Coleham area of Shrewsbury and the Wharfage in Ironbridge.

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Flood barriers are being installed in Ironbridge
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The Environment Agency said Storm Christoph had flooded land and property in Shropshire

Yesterday, flood defences were erected in the Frankwell area of Shrewsbury.

The Frankwell Main, Riverside and St. Julian's Friars car parks in Shrewsbury are closed.

Some bus services have had to be re-routed as a result of the flooding and there have been delays to trains between Shrewsbury and Welsh stations.

Mark Lidderth, environment manager for the Environment Agency in the West Midlands, said: "I'm pleased to say we will not be seeing those levels that we saw back in February of last year that had that devastating impact across a large number of communities."

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