Flash floods after 2 months’ worth of rain hit eastern England in just 2 hours


Heavy rainfall hit eastern England on July 9, 2021, causing traffic-disrupting flash floods and damaging homes and businesses.

According to Weatherquest forecaster Dan Holley, parts of Norwich received 50 mm (1.9 inches) of rain, while Peterborough registered as much as 90 mm (3.5 inches).

"That's nearly 2 months' rain in the space of 2 hours," Holley said.

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Peterborough in Cambridgeshire was the worst affected, with more than 160 flooding incidents in just a few hours. In addition, around 20 elderly people were evacuated from a retirement home.

"Heavy rainfall has caused flash flooding in Peterborough this evening. Please do not attempt to drive through flooded roads," Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

"Bourges Boulevard area is among the areas badly affected. Roads are looking like rivers so please avoid the area until the water subsides. Please also be aware that some manhole covers have lifted posing a risk to anyone walking through flooded roads. Please just avoid the flooded areas for now. Thank you."

"Emergency services are working together with other partner agencies to help those affected."

Featured image credit: Beds & Cambs 4×4 Response


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