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The Sun delivers sandbags to flood-hit families as rising River Severn reaches record levels

SUNBAGS AT DAWN

FLOOD-hit families were handed sandbags by The Sun yesterday as the swollen River Severn reached record levels.

Shrewsbury residents braved the horrific conditions to get to our lorry of “Sunbags” to fortify homes.

Shop owner Leigh Anne Morgan, 45, said: “These bags have given us a lifeline. Thank you The Sun.”

River levels in the Shropshire town were still rising and forecasters predict the rain will return by the end of the week.

With the help of Jewson builders merchants, we transported more than four tons of sand into Coleham, one of the worst hit districts of Shrewsbury.

Shops along the main street could only be reached by boat.

Homeowners piled the bags into wheelie bins, and some even had to use dinghies to get them to their doorsteps.

50 HOMES EVACUATED

Alwyne Haddock, 66, whose home overlooks the main street, said: “On Monday morning we had a high street. By the evening, it was a river.”

Glam Studio owner Rachel Moss, 39, said: “We were supposed to be evacuated but I’m prepared to lie down and make a human barrier if I have to.”

The area had a month’s rain in 24 hours and more than 50 homes were evacuated, with firefighters rescuing some residents.

The town’s three shopping centres are closed after the underground car parks flooded.

The ground floor of the Boat Inn in nearby Jackfield was almost completely submerged.

Homes were also evacuated yesterday along the River Aire after it burst its banks in Snaith, East Yorks.

Shrewsbury suffers from the worst flooded in two decades

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