08:00 Monday 26 November 2012

SLIDESHOW: Heavy rainfall leads to floods woe

Written byby JENNY MOODY

PARTS of Burton and South Derbyshire were left submerged under water as heavy rainfall caused river banks to burst and cars stuck in flood waters.

As the rain continued to fall over the weekend, especially heavy on Saturday afternoon and overnight into yesterday, a flood alert for the River Trent was issued by the Environment Agency for lowlying land between Kings Bromley and Clay Mills.

The agency said the river levels were still rising between Yoxall and Burton and were expected to continue rising until this morning.

Flood warnings were also in place on the River Trent at Catton, at Barton under Needwood, Branston Water Park and Swarkestone, including Stanton by Bridge.

The River Mease between Ashby and Croxall and the River Dove at Sudbury and Doveridge have also been placed on flood alert.

Villages were also struggling with flooding, with roads under water and water seeping into houses.

Fire crews from Needwood and Burton were called to deal with floodingat homes in Mill Crescent, Barton under Needwood. They used sandbags and light portable pumps to control the water.

The first call was received at 7.34am yesterday and further assistance from Burton crews was required mid morning.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service reported a large number of calls to flooding incidents across the county, with firefighters warning residents to check roads before driving through any flood water.

One incident saw a crew from Derby’s Kingsway, with a water rescue unit from Ascot Drive, attend a car stuck in flood water in Heage Lane, Etwall, at 5.15pm on Saturday. Officers moved the vehicle to safety.

Fire crews in North West Leicestershire also received a high number of calls due to flooding, with the calls starting to come in at 2am on Sunday as the heavy rainfall continued during the night.

Control staff offered advice to callers, and appliances were sent out to assess the problems at the scene. Fire crews were required to rescue people stranded in houses and vehicles.

Fire engines could be seen in Measham on Sunday morning as firefighters pumped water from flooded houses.

West Midlands Ambulance Service made an urgent plea for people to stop putting their lives, and those of the emergency services, at risk following a busy night for the service dealing with flood-related incidents overnight.

Derbyshire Police also issued a warning to motorists to not travel unless it was absolutely necessary.

They worked alongside staff from the Highways Agency to divert traffic around roads blocked by flood water and fallen trees.

Have you suffered flooding problems over the weekend? Call and speak to a reporter on 01283 512345. Do you have pictures you want to share? Email them to editorial@burtonmail.co.uk

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