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‘Immediate evacuation': Flood barriers ‘overwhelmed' by rising water forces English town residents to flee (PHOTOS/VIDEOS)


Added 02-26-20 11:37:02am EST - “Police have ordered an "immediate evacuation" in the Shropshire town of Ironbridge in England, after rising water levels in the River Severn burst temporary flood barriers.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “‘Immediate evacuation’: Flood barriers ‘overwhelmed’ by rising water forces English town residents to flee (PHOTOS/VIDEOS)”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Two “danger to life” flood warnings had been issued by authorities for Ironbridge and nearby Shrewsbury, following days of torrential rain. The situation escalated on Wednesday, when West Mercia Police issued the evacuation order to Ironbridge residents, saying flood barriers had been “overwhelmed.”

Photos and videos of the English town under water have been widely circulated on social media. Residents overlooking the River Severn posted pictures of the flood barriers being breached just feet away from their properties. Water levels were seen to be so high that they almost covered the first floor of homes.

Ironbridge Barriers have failed and broken, urgent emergency evacuation now under way #floods#ironbridge#bewdley#floodaware#shrewsbury#river#riversevernpic.twitter.com/9ZMRUOdpOi

The barriers are being overwhelmed by the sheer amount of water. We are now carrying out an emergency evacuation. #floods#Ironbridgepic.twitter.com/9i4OqbQAUZ

Emergency #evacuations are being carried out in the town of #Ironbridge in #Shropshire because temporary flood barriers have been overwhelmed.Authorities are helping to move residents to a hotel on higher ground. pic.twitter.com/YG4ako2qFI

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