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UK weather: Evacuations under way as Rivers Severn and Aire breach banks

Residents in riverside properties in Ironbridge, Shropshire, have been told to evacuate immediately after emergency defences at the Severn were breached. 

The Environment Agency forecasts the river level in  the Worcestershire town of Bewdley, which has risen more than two metres in the past 72 hours, from 3.36m to 5.45m, will peak at 5.48m on Wednesday and remain at a near-record high into Thursday. It reached its highest level of 5.56m on November 2, 2000.

And in East Yorkshire tonight, residents were being evacuated from the village of East Cowick after the River Aire broke its banks.