Shropshire Council came to Ludlow yesterday to help with the clean up operation. At least 30 homes are flooded. Many businesses also.
From mid-morning, highways crews were collecting furniture, fridges, carpets and other debris from Temeside.
At an on-site meeting with Shropshire Council leader Peter Nutting and chief executive Clive Wright yesterday lunchtime we agreed that skips would be delivered to Lower Corve Street and Temeside. We need skips to help people who are flooded out. We need skips to prevent a rat infestation as the food in fridges and freezers goes rotten.
Our meeting was attended by me, Viv Parry, Mayor Tim Gill, Peter Nutting, Clive Wright and Andy Wilde from highways. We were accompanied by Joanne Gallacher from BBC Radio Shropshire. I am expecting her interviews and recordings to be broadcast during the breakfast programme between 6am and 9am this morning.
Our party was unable to visit Lower Corve Street as we ran out of time. We are not the only town to flood. Shrewsbury was very bad yesterday with the town centre almost inaccessible to vehicles. Bridgnorth is being hit today. Outside of the Shropshire Council area, Ironbridge is under significant threat. And then it goes downstream.
While we were touring the town, Shropshire Council had a team cleaning out gullies and scrubbing roads and pavements. This is vital. Storm Dennis washed debris into drains. With more heavy rain expected later this week, that could lead to more local flooding if the drains are blocked.