HEREFORD'S centuries-old Old Bridge has reopened this morning after it was closed due to safety fears yesterday.

The bridge was closed yesterday evening as floodwaters continued to rise.

The Wye peaked in Hereford overnight betweeen 5.2 and 5.4 metres, short of the record height of 6.1 metres recorded in February 2020.

Superintendent Edd Williams, chair of Herefordshire's tactical coordination group, said last night: “Flood alerts have been issued at many locations across Herefordshire throughout today.

"Herefordshire has seen river levels peak in some of its rivers, but we have yet to see the peak in Hereford at Belmont and Hereford Bridge, along with Mordiford and Ross-on-Wye.

"Tonight we have closed the Old Bridge in Hereford to traffic and pedestrians as we face rising river levels, which are expected to peak at around 5.4m overnight tonight.


"From tomorrow (Tuesday) the weather is set to improve, with rain ceasing and wind speeds falling.

"As flooding subsides, it will take time to check the closed routes for damage and for flood debris to be cleared.

"Do not drive through flood water and please observe ‘road closed’ signs.

"To report a flooded road, call the Highways Team on 01432 261800.

"Authorities are continuing to monitor the river levels to take any action required and would ask all residents to take care when travelling and around floodwater."