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Double average June rainfall fell in Dorridge noted as a cause of June flooding

Sarah Mason 6th Jul, 2021

MORE THAN two times the average June rainfall fell in Dorridge has been noted by Solihull Council as part of the reason for flooding in the area last month.

Following a severe thunderstorm on June 25 almost 200 properties in Dorridge, Bentley Heath and the surrounding area were inundated with surface rain water.

The water level rose to a level where cars were half submerged in water.

The Council said its officers have visited 191 properties that had been affected by the flooding and 97 of them had internal flooding.

It said officers were set to visit another 60 properties.

In a statement Solihull Council said: “The intensity of the rainfall reached 165mm per hour over the middle of Dorridge on Friday night at 9pm, with a total of 60mm of rainfall falling in an hour.

“To put this into perspective the TOTAL average monthly rainfall for June in the Dorridge area is 80mm.

“The Council received calls from 9pm until after midnight and the Council’s drainage engineers went onsite to assist the emergency services and the CSW Resilience team deal with the flood water and provide support to householders.

“The Council’s street cleansing team began the clean-up operation on the roads affected on Monday and we will be offering a waste disposal service to householders affected by the flooding.”

The Council is calling on residents to continue to send videos and photos to drainage@solihull.gov.uk as they will provide useful evidence for the drainage team’s incident report and investigation into the causes of the flooding event.

Any evidence will be used to apply for funding to provide mitigation measures if appropriate.

Anyone affected by the floods should call 0121 704 8004 or email drainage@solihull.gov.uk

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