Powys County Council is urging residents to stay indoors amid increasing problems from Storm Babet after one man was killed in floodwater just over the English border.

On Friday October 20, amid numerous road and rail closures due to Strom Babet, Powys County Council issued a stark warning, advising residents to remain indoors as it deals with the impact from the storm.

The announcement came after West Mercia Police announced that a man in his 60s died after getting caught in fast-flowing flood water from a brook that breached a road in Cleobury Mortimer, in south Shropshire, on Friday morning.

The force said members of the public reported a man went under the water shortly before 10.40am.

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Officers from West Mercia Police and Shropshire Fire and Rescue quickly attended but he was found dead at 12.35pm.

Formal identification has yet to take place but the family have been informed and are being supported by officers.

At 4.43pm Powys County Council announced via social media that they were advising residents to stay indoors.


They said: “The county has been hit hard over the last several hours with many roads becoming impassable due to flooding.

“Storm Babet has had a major impact in the county with roads impassable due to flooding and some towns and villages being cut of due to flood water. Staff are working extremely hard to deal with the impact. However, we would urge residents to remain indoors and do not travel unless it is vital.”

The A483 at Berriew has been deemed unpassable due to flooding, while warnings are also in place for the A483 in Radnorshire, the A470 at Llandinam, while the biggest issues seem to be at Abermule, where the A483 remains closed.

All train travel in Mid and North Wales has been cancelled with no rail replacement buses due to flooding on local roads.

Various schools closed early due to bad weather and flooding, including Welshpool High School, Ysgol Bro Caereinion, Welshpool Church in Wales Primary School, Ysgol Rhiw Bechan in Tregynon.