Average May's rainfall in one hour left Solihull flooded - The Solihull Observer

Average May's rainfall in one hour left Solihull flooded

Solihull Editorial 31st May, 2018   0

PARTS of Solihull suffered severe floods after heavy storms, thunder and lightning over the bank holiday weekend.

Dickens Heath, Earlswood Lakes and Tudor Grange Park were affected and homes across the borough were left water-damaged after an average month’s worth of rainfall reportedly fell in one hour.

Council officers are said to be door knocking to check on residents to see if they can offer any support to help people return to normal.

There was a landslip on a road near Earlswood Lakes, leaving cars unable to pass.

St Alphege Police Tweeted: “Heavy rain causing high water levels through Tudor Grange Park.

“The subway leading to the park is flooded. Council have been informed. Please take care.”

Prospect Lane and Raplh Road also saw flash flooding.

Solihull Council leader, Bob Sleigh said: “My sympathies go out to those who were flooded last weekend, as I know it is a traumatic life event. Many affected will have lost furniture, valuables and irreplaceable items.

“We know that a number of areas in Solihull were affected by flooding on Sunday, for example Nethercote Gardens, Dickens Heath and Cheswick Green.

” Council officers are currently door knocking to check on those householders to see if we can offer any support to help them recover and return to normality.

“As part of our door knocking we are also making sure people are OK in themselves; asking if there is any support we can provide, especially to any residents who are vulnerable and those who don’t have wider family networks to help them out.

“The storms at the weekend were unprecedented, a one in a hundred year occurrence.

“The BBC weather team reported an average May’s total rainfall came down in one hour, so it’s not surprising some areas that don’t usually experience flooding did so on Sunday.

“Similarly, those areas prone to flooding were taken aback by the speed of the downpour turning to flood water.

“We will continue to work closely with those residents affected to help them recover and will investigate the cause of the floods.”

The Environment Agency issued warnings on Monday (May 28) saying river levels had risen overnight following heavy rainfall and thunderstorms.

It added: “It is not possible for us to know where these storms could occur, so please remain vigilant and monitor your own local weather conditions.

“We are continuing to monitor the situation closely, liaising with our professional partners, and have staff out checking for and clearing blockages. We will issue Updates, Flood Alerts and/or Flood Warnings if necessary.”

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for today (Thursday) and tomorrow (June 1) as more rain and thunderstorms were forecast.

Anyone who wants to contact Solihull Council about flooding to their home or area should send information as well as any pictures and videos to [email protected]

For more visit www.solihull.gov.uk/flood


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