The Environment Agency has issued a Severe Flood Warning for Ironbridge, Shropshire in the West Midlands, due to extremely high water levels on the River Severn that are threatening to over-top flood barriers.

A Severe Flood Warning means there is a threat to life.

According to the Agency, properties along The Wharfage in Ironbridge are at very high risk of flooding as fast-flowing water from the river is expected to flood the area later today (Monday, February 21).

While temporary flood barriers are in place, and are expected to divert the majority of the flood water, there is still a high risk that some water will breach the top of the defence.

Environment Agency area duty manager for Shropshire, Kim Kitchen said:

“We are facing a significant flood risk in Ironbridge and urging people to remain vigilant and take extreme care. Heavy rain, affecting already wet areas, is likely to cause significant river flooding along the River Severn for several days.

“We have teams out on the ground taking preventative action and we are working with other agencies to support people who need to evacuate their homes.

“We advise people to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive through flood water as just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car.”

Residents are being urged to prepare for flooding by following the Environment Agency’s ‘Prepare, Act, Survive‘ guide.

This includes checking the latest flood situation online; knowing how to turn off your gas, electricity and water; checking your insurance to see if you are covered for flood damage, or renters insurance for your belongings if applicable; and preparing a bag that includes medical and insurance documents.

If you are flooded and in immediate danger, call 999 and follow the advice from emergency services.