Temeside and Lower Corve Street are flooded. Other areas also. The water has rushed in through doors, flooded basements and pushed sewerage out of toilets. It is not yet known how many houses are flooded but it must be around 20. Water is lapping at the doors and back gates of many other properties.
This is almost the worst flood since July 2007. Then water reached a height of 5.22m on the Teme. Today, the river seems to have peaked at 5.20m. But no one threatened with river water pouring into their home cares about whether this is a record flood or not.
BBC Radio Shropshire has been excellent through the day. It scrapped schedules which would have taken it into regional programming this afternoon. It has put local presenters on the air to keep everyone updated and plans to do that until 10pm. (I hear Sunshine Radio has been good too but I haven’t been listening.)
There are lessons to learn from this. Shropshire Council’s emergency number was not available until 9am. Ludlow Town Council doesn’t seem to have an effective emergency plan or number in place.
Today, the problem is water. Far too much of it. Tomorrow, it could be COVID-19 or any other emergency. We need to take emergencies seriously and plan for the unknown. In meanwhile, we must help those suffering from Storm Dennis. I know that many people in Ludlow are already doing this. Thank you.