Towns bolster flood defences ready for heavy downpours

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The Met Office has also issued two yellow warnings for rain in the North East and across Wales and Shropshire.

Flood barriers have been put up in Ironbridge in Shropshire and Bewdley in Worcestershire, in an attempt to stop the River Severn bursting its banks.

Barriers were also put up last week in Shrewsbury.

“Frequent and sometimes persistent bands of rain across Wales and the Upper Severn area have resulted in saturated and full catchments, raising river levels along the Severn,” a spokesperson for the Environment Agency said.

These levels of rain are not uncommon for this time of year, they said, adding that more rain is forecast for the week ahead.

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