IT was a Sunday that will live in the memory for all that has happened with Covid-19 in the past 12 months.

Just over a year ago on Sunday, February 16, 50 properties in the lower parts of Ludlow were hit by the worst flooding in more than a decade.

The homes were flooded in the aftermath of storm Dennis leaving ground floor rooms swimming with water.

This resulted in some people having to be moved out of their homes that were left uninhabitable.

But matters were made worse because the arrival of the coronavirus restrictions a month later resulted in delays to the assessment by insurers and also the ability to get repairs done.

An emergency was declared and teams were made ready in case people needed to be rescued from their homes.

People were advised to take precautions including moving furniture and valuables upstairs as well as taking cars to higher ground.

They were advised to block air bricks and to use sandbags at doorways where they were available

In the end it was not quite as bad as the earlier flood when a bridge and a house were washed away but this was no consolation for people who had their homes ruined.

A centre was opened for people who had been forced to flee from their riverside homes to go and be safe from the rising water.

The worst affected areas were the Linney, Lower Corve and Temeside where there have been calls for the height of the walls protecting the town from the river to be made higher.

The scare last February was the second in just a few months and followed a narrow escape in October 2019 when river levels were the highest they have been in the town since 2007 when a house was so badly damaged that it had to be demolished and the Burway Bridge was washed away as well as a gas main ruptured.

There have been more fears in recent weeks when high river levels again resulted in the Environment Agency issuing flood warnings and alerts.

River levels in and around Ludlow can rise very rapidly and usually follow from heavy rainfall on the upper end of the catchment in the Welsh Hills.

A rapid thaw of melting snow can also cause water levels to come up quickly.

Flooding is generally more likely to occur in the autumn and winter when there is often more rain but it can happen at any time of the year.