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An “immediate evacuation” has been ordered in a town in Shropshire after rising water levels from the River Severn breached flood barriers.

West Mercia Police said it is “currently carrying out an immediate evacuation in Ironbridge due to the temporary barriers becoming overwhelmed”.

Chief Superintendent Tom Harding said the evacuation affected premises on the Wharfage in Ironbridge because water from the River Severn was breaching flood barriers “and in areas it appears it is buckling”.

Councillor Shaun Davies, leader of Telford and Wrekin Council, said the flood barriers were “shunting backwards quite significantly”.

He warned: “Please do not come to Ironbridge. The situation is developing.”

It comes after temporary flood defences in Bewdley in Worcestershire were breached on Tuesday night – with homes being evacuated over fears that the River Severn will not reach its peak until tonight.

The Environment Agency forecasts the river level in the town, which has risen more than two metres in the past 72 hours, will peak at 5.48m on Wednesday and remain at a near-record high into Thursday. It reached its highest level of 5.56m in November 2000.

Courtesy of Sky News