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Burton and South Derbyshire battered by rain

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 11, 2014

By Steve Ashby

Sainsbury's rain

Sainsbury's rain

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JUST as people in Burton and South Derbyshire thought they had been lucky enough to avoid the Met Office-predicted downpours at the weekend, the town was battered with rain.

The heavens opened in the early hours of Sunday and continued through to around lunchtime.

Many areas were hit with localised flooding, including Sainsbury's car park, main picture, which resembled a small pond after only a few hours of intense rain.

Burton forecaster Paul Carfoot described the weather as 'autumn-like' and predicted heavy rain.

The wet and windy weather has been caused by the tail end of Hurricane Bertha – a Carribean storm.

In his predictions, Paul forecast heavy rain combined with winds that could be strong enough to cause damage to trees.

Weather warnings had been in place throughout the weekend and will continue into today.

The bad weather is set to settle down as the week progresses, with light showers predicted throughout tomorrow.

The sun is expected to finally break out again on Wednesday, however there is a chance the weather could take a turn for the worst again by Thursday.

Moderate to strong winds can still be expected to continue all week.

Because of the rain, Severn Trent Water reported a four-fold increase in distress calls from the public about flooding.

A spokesman for the service said: "We were aware that this weather was coming and we've worked hard to get ready for it.."

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