The Severn Today
The River Severn passes through the middle of our home city of Worcester on its route from Wales to the Severn Estuary near Bristol.
Worcester Bridge February 2009
There are now 2 main bridges crossing the Severn near its mouth, to link the Southern Counties of England with Wales.
The Severn tunnel carries the Great Western Main (railway) Line under the huge estuary.
The river is also bridged at many other places along its route, including the famous Ironbridge at Coalbrookdale, the first ever iron bridge in the world.
Flooding in the Severn Regions Today
The River Severn still regularly floods its banks and spills over into the natural floodplains along it.
In 2007, there were major floods, causing huge amounts of damage and distress. Many homes and businesses were flooded - some people could not move back into their homes for over a year. Worcester, Upton and Tewkesbury were particularly affected. The rainfall in June was double the average for that month and some areas received a month's worth of rain in 24 hours. By July, the ground was saturated and further rainfall resulted in massive floods along the floodplains and towns. Thousands of motorists were stranded on the motorway overnight. Farming was severely affected in this major agricultural area through ruined crops.
Industrial Severn Today
The Port of Bristol is situated at the mouth of the River Severn, where the River Avon also flows into it. The Port provides nearly 8000 jobs in the local area. 12.5m tonnes of cargo are dealt with annually; cars, petrol, oil, electrical goods, building materials and paper are just a few. It is the fastest growing deep sea port in the UK with efficient road and rail links.
Severn Estuary / Avonmouth - The Port of Bristol
Wind Park - Severn Estuary/Avonmouth
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