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Flood warnings in Shropshire as thaw continues

Melting snow and heavy rainfall have swelled brooks and rivers across Shropshire.

The Environment Agency has put several flood warnings in place for the River Severn but said levels upstream of Shrewsbury were now starting to fall.

Officials have put flood defences up at Shrewsbury's Frankwell car park as a precaution.

Shropshire Council said the car park would stay shut until further notice and other roads had been closed.

They include Gravel Hill Lane, Sydney Avenue, and Chilton Farm Lane at Atcham.

The council said other roads would be monitored and closed if necessary.

The Environment Agency said river levels upstream of Shrewsbury on the Severn, and on most tributaries, were now starting to fall.

It said it expected the lower reaches of the Severn to peak on Monday or Tuesday.

It added there were no reports of homes being flooded.

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