UK – Flash Flooding in England Leaves Drivers Stranded, Travel Disrupted

Heavy rain on 24 September caused localised flash flooding across parts of England, causing havoc for traffic and public transport.

At one point the Environment Agency issued 39 alerts and 12 warnings. Boscombe Down in Wiltshire recorded the day’s highest rainfall total with 55.8 mm.

Local media reported flooded roads in parts of the North West, Midlands and the South East including London.

The UK’s Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: ‘This pattern of very unsettled weather will remain right through until the weekend before another deep low arrives on Sunday.

‘This is due to the jet stream which has moved over the south of the UK and is steering unsettled weather in from the Atlantic.

‘There will be some quite intense rainfall through the next week and the risk of strong winds in parts of the country.’

South East England

Thousands of commuters in London were hit by severe delays with railway lines flooded and tube stations closed.

Fire fighters in Buckinghamshire were called on to rescue people from vehicles trapped in flood water in areas around Ibstone.

North West England

In Liverpool, vehicles were also trapped in floodwater according to Mersey Fire and Rescue Service. Local media said flooding swamped the West Derby area, along with parts of the motorway network which hindered traffic on the M53 and M57.


In the Midlands, flooded roads were reported in central Birmingham, as well as along stretched of the busy M6 and M5 motorways.

Surface flooding was also reported in Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, Kimberly, in Nottinghamshire, and parts of Eccleshall and Tamworth in Staffordshire.

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