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Title: Frankwell flood alleviation scheme, Shrewsbury
Author: Environment Agency Midlands Region
Document Type: Monograph
Shrewsbury is the county town of Shropshire with a population of approximately 100,000 people. It has a rich architectural and historical heritage and is one of the best preserved medieval towns remaining in England. The town centre stands on a hill in the middle of a narrow necked horseshoe loop of the River Severn with the river surrounding most of the town's historical centre. The River Severn has always played a central role in the development of the town, and it remains an important asset. Over the centuries, the river has helped to build the town's character and its prosperity. However, it also brings the damaging threat of flooding. The River Severn is approximately 354 km long, from its source in the Cambrian Mountains in mid-Wales to its outflow into the Bristol Channel, making it the longest river in Great Britain. By the time it reaches Shrewsbury, it has combined with other rivers including the Vyrnwy and Perry and effectively acts as the main river draining the northern part of the Cambrian Mountains and the agricultural plain of north Shropshire. This is an area of approximately 2,500 km2.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: [after 2000]
Publication Place: Solihull
Subject Keywords: Flood controlRiversFloodingHistoryFlood defence structuresFlood risk management
Geographic Keywords: FrankwellSevernShrewsbury
Extent: n.p. [12]
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