Video: Dramatic aerial view of flooding in Shrewsbury

Dramatic video footage, shot from a remote control helicopter above a Midlands town, shows the huge extent of the flooding.

YouTube user Gazchap, Gareth Griffiths from Shropshire, posted the video, taken with his remote control quadcopter above the Frankwell area of Shrewsbury.

Function rooms at The Boathouse in Shrewsbury have been flooded as river levels continue to rise because of the rain
Function rooms at The Boathouse in Shrewsbury have been flooded as river levels continue to rise because of the rain

Meanwhile, a well-known restaurant in the town was counting the cost of the floods as its function room was flooded.

Fridges at riverside pub, The Boathouse in New Street, have been damaged and bookings have been cancelled.

Staff planned to start moving furniture yesterday morning but by the time they arrived, water had already got into the building.

Manager Oscar Santalla said: “I got a call and, of course, I came in. The water came over my wellies and it was freezing. We got some stuff out but the fridges may be ruined.

“I will have to start ringing round and letting people know. The problem now is that we have nowhere else to store furniture.”

Hundreds of homes and businesses were today trying to cope with rising water levels as the whole of the River Severn was put on flood warning.

Bridgnorth and Ironbridge were today still behind flood defences. The Wharfage through Ironbridge remains closed because of the flood barriers, with drivers warned to expect more disruption on the roads.

And in Bridgnorth, floodwaters have broken the banks of the river, with Severn Terrace and Riverside under water.

In Severn Park, rugby pitches and parts of the rowing club remained under water today as Low Town felt the force of the worst floods in several years.

David Cameron was continuing to visit flood-hit areas of the country today, as more bad weather is set to come. More than 350 flood alerts and warnings have been issued.