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Bewdley Bridge reopens after flooding as River Severn levels fall

By Andrew Turton | Bewdley | Transport | Published:

Bewdley Bridge has reopened to traffic as water levels on the River Severn begin to subside.

Bewdley Bridge has reopened to traffic today flowing recent floods. Image: Worcestershore County Council

Homes and businesses have suffered damage and disruption caused by recent floods to hit the riverside town.

River levels hit their highest levels for 20 years as water flowed over barriers last week at Beales Corner.

Parts of Stourport were also hit by flooding including the riverside amusement park.

Worcestershire County Council revealed Bewdley's town bridge had fully reopened to traffic after being closed in recent days.

The B4194 'Switchback' had also reopened today to traffic between Bewdley and Stourport.

River levels fell after the UK suffered its wettest February on record which saw three successive storms bring heavy downpours and flooding.

Heavy rain which started with Storm Ciara continued with Storm Dennis and Storm Jorge contributed to record river levels.

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But the Severn had fallen back to 15ft (4.57m) in Bewdley down almost 3ft from its peak overnight into last Thursday.

Flooding along the River Severn in Bewdley last week. Image: Dave Throup/Environment Agency

A single flood alert, the lowest category for possible flooding, remains in place in Bewdley.

There is a flood warning in place for the River Severn at Quatford, near Bridgnorth, meaning flooding is expected.

River levels at the Bridgnorth gauge peaked at 4.6m on Monday evening and remain high but are beginning to fall, although rain is forecast for the next couple of days.

Andrew Turton

By Andrew Turton
Digital Journalist

Digital journalist based at the Express & Star's head office in Wolverhampton. Interested in breaking news and social media. Get in touch on Twitter @aturton_star or andrew.turton@expressandstar.co.uk

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