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Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 June 2007, 18:49 GMT 19:49 UK
Bridge may take month to replace
Two corners of this house fell into the Corve
Two corners of this house fell into the River Corve
It could be up to a month before a temporary bridge is put up in Shropshire to replace one which collapsed during flooding.

On Tuesday, the Burway Bridge fell into the River Corve, severing a gas main, after water levels rose 1.6m (5.25ft) in just three hours in heavy rain.

Meanwhile, the corner of a house close to the water fell into the river on Wednesday, leaving the inside exposed.

The owners are being looked after by friends and family.

Shropshire reporter Tim Cook said the scene resembled a stage set.

"The two walls close to the water have both just fallen down and collapsed.

"It looks like a stage set with the bedroom simply exposed."

Temporary bridge

The owners are thought to have lived in the house for about 40 years.

County council engineers said there was nothing that could have been done to save the bridge.

They said there could also be damage to other, smaller footbridges.

The county's chief bridge engineer, John Williams, said: "The plan is to look to get a temporary bridge in place as soon as possible.

"That'll be built basically over the top of what was the old bridge.

The collapsed bridge in Ludlow
The bridge collapsed after a river burst its banks

"We're unlikely to be there until about three weeks' time."

Some families have spent another night in temporary shelters as residents and businesses count the cost of the flooding.

More than 70 people had to be rescued from towns and villages across the county while fire crews attended more than 300 incidents.

One couple, Ray and Diane Scriven, face the prospect of losing their home after floods washed away the bank on which it stands.

Regatta cancelled

The bungalow, in Alveley, near Bridgnorth, was called Ravine Falls because it was next to a waterfall, but the waterfall has now disappeared.

Mr Scriven said: "We're just teetering on the brink. I think we're going to lose the bank."

A flood warning remained on Wednesday on the River Teme from Ludlow to Bransford Bridge.

And this weekend's two-day rowing regatta at Ironbridge has been cancelled on safety grounds.

Ironbridge Rowing Club took the decision with the River Severn still rising as debris, large and small, continues to flow past the club.


SEE ALSO
Bridge collapse severs gas main
26 Jun 07 |  Shropshire
Flood watches issued after rain
25 Jun 07 |  Shropshire
Floods shut part of steam railway
22 Jun 07 |  Hereford/Worcs
Floods prompt council tax refusal
21 Jun 07 |  Shropshire
Experts predict more heavy rain
18 Jun 07 |  West Midlands
Flood warnings across the region
17 Jun 07 |  West Midlands

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