Flash flooding has left parts of England under water after heavy rain fell overnight. The bad weather is set to continue as severe weather warnings were issued advising that there could be more than 30mm of rain in an hour in some areas.
The Environment Agency issued 10 flood warnings suggesting immediate action is required and 35 alerts meaning flooding is possible.
The West Midlands had some of the worst weather and the Met Office’s yellow warnings of rain, the east Midlands, the east of England, the south-west and London and the south-east. West Midlands fire service (WMFS) said it had been called out to deal with 5,000 litres of water in the radiotherapy section of the old Queen Elizabeth hospital but no patients were present.
At least five people were trapped in their cars and about 100 properties affected by water on Sir John’s Road in Birmingham, and residents were told to stay upstairs.
WMFS firefighters urged road users to travel only if absolutely necessary and said they had been inundated with 999 calls, having received about 900 between 5pm and 10pm on Thursday. Ben Brook, WMFS area commander for emergency response, said: “Flooding seems to be a more regular occurrence across the West Midlands, and we’ve responded to hundreds of weather-related incidents over the past eight days.
“Whilst our careful planning provides resilience for our communities, the large number of calls from flash flooding over the past week have placed a strain on our fire control and crews.
“We’d like to thank the general public and our partner agencies for their support over the past week.”