Ironbridge residents were told to immediately evacuate their homes after the flood barriers were breached.
The fence-like barrier along the historic Shropshire town’s Wharfage shifted overnight and there was further movement on Wednesday afternoon.
West Mercia Police Chief Superintendent Tom Harding said the flood defences had been “compromised” and were “buckling” in some areas.
While homes in Bewdley on the Shropshire border were also evacuated after the river spilled over barriers at Beales Corner.
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