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Solihull hit by floods

Driving rain last week saw roads across Solihull closed and sandbags handed out to the homes most at risk of flooding

Driving rain last week saw roads across Solihull closed and sandbags handed out to the homes most at risk of flooding.

Around a months rainfall came down in just a few days, with some scenes reminiscent of the appalling summer floods of 2007.

The Environment Agency issued warnings after the waters of the Rivers Blythe and Cole rose across the borough.

Gate Lane, Dorridge, Aqueduct Road, Solihull Lodge, and the aptly named Watery Lane, near Cheswick Green, were among those to close as the watercourses burst their banks.

Some cars ran into trouble with West Midlands Ambulance Service and fire crews having to mount a rescue operation at a ford in Hall Green. The luckless driver was stranded on Wednesday evening and a boat had to be called into service to recover the car from the rapidly rising water.

Problems continued over the weekend, with roads near Hogarths Hotel and Earlswood Lake quickly becoming impassable.

Strong winds also battered the borough, leaving part of the roof of the NHS building in Union Road hanging off. No-one was reported injured but firefighters were called to make the five storey structure safe.

Elsewhere, it was a miserable time for rail travellers after several services were cancelled. Tracks at Hampton-in-Arden were among those to be flooded.

During the downpour, Solihull Councils streetcare team were sent to clear leaves from the gullies and improve drainage.

Anyone affected by the deluge should visit www.solihull.gov.uk/benefits/flooding.htm or the Environment Agency website www.environment-agency.gov.uk/

 

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