20th Oct, 2017

Warwickshire flooding reminiscent of Easter 1998

Leamington Editorial 10th Mar, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE FLOODING from heavy overnight rain was something of a blast from the past for some Warwickshire residents.

While many roads are now clear after the flash-flooding on Wednesday morning, scenes similar to Easter 1998 still remain – waterlogged fields, rivers which have burst their banks and bridges hidden beneath high water.

Mud and debris litter the roads which were covered in water.

The police and fire services spent the day helping those who had tried to take on the high waters and become stranded. Finhams Ford near Kenilworth Castle burst its banks very early on Wednesday and several cars fell prey to the fast-rising waters.

The Pump Rooms and the bandstand was safe from the overflowing River Leam but the bridge across it was cut off.

Warwick District Council have closed Jephson Gardens where the lake has overflown.

Latest advice from the Environment Agency are advising there is further potential flooding in Warwick on Thursday (March 10) between 4 and 7pm.

They have also issued ‘red’ flood warnings for the River Avon in Warwick, Leamington, Barford, Ashow, and Blackdown, and the River Leam in Eathorpe, Hunningham and Offchurch.

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