20th Aug, 2019

Roads closed and bridges damaged as floods hit Solihull

Sarah Mason 31st Jul, 2019 Updated: 31st Jul, 2019

PARTS of Solihull suffered flooding when heavy rainfall hit the borough this week.

Elmdon Park, Hall Green ford, and roads in Catherine-de-Barnes were affected after rain fell through Tuesday afternoon (July 30) and into the evening.

Solihull fire station tweeted: “The Ford, Henwood Lane, is dangerously high cars are getting stranded. Please avoid this road.”

Bridges and trees in Elmdon Park were damaged by the flood waters after the stream burst its banks.

Parks users were advised to avoid the area by Elmdon Park Support Group on Facebook.

According to Elmdon Councillor, Laura McCarthy, two bridges in the park have been closed after officers deemed them structurally unsafe.

Coun McCarthy said: “Streamside Way came close to flooding as the stream burst its banks early in the evening.

“Fortunately the water level went down very quickly and no properties were flooded.

“Elmdon Park saw the worst of the flooding and damage has been done to some of the bridges.

“These have been closed whilst their structure is assessed and any necessary repairs are made.

“It does mean that small areas of the park are now inaccessible, but this is to ensure the safety of the public. Hopefully these will be reopened very soon.”

Solihull Council said: “As a result of the heavy rain on Tuesday, several roads across the borough experienced flash flooding.

“We attended to these and monitored the situation closely throughout the evening. We also delivered sand bags to a small number of properties.

“We are aware of one property being flooded due to a private drainage issue and a further garage flooding.”

Any residents experiencing flooding can contact the council on drainage@solihull.gov.uk with any pictures or videos.

For advice on what to do in the event of a flood, visit www.solihull.gov.uk/flood

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