UK – Summer Storm Brings Flooding to Eastern and Southern England

Flooding in parts of England caused traffic and transport problems and damage to property between 08 and 09 August 2017.

A summer storm brought heavy rain to some areas of eastern and south eastern England. The UK Met Office issued a Yellow Warning of Rain for the East Midlands, West Midlands, London, East Anglia and London and the South East.

According to the Met office, Kenley, in the Borough of Croydon, south London, recorded the day’s highest rainfall totals with 44.6 mm in 24 hours, 09 to 10 August. Heavy rain also fell the previous day, with East Yorkshire towns of Leconfield recording 57 mm and Bridlington 56 mm in 24 hours 08 to 09 August.

The Environment Agency issued flood warnings for the River Leen in Nottinghamshire. Flood Alerts were issued for areas around Scarborough on the North Sea coast in North Yorkshire.

As of 10 August, 29 Flood Alerts were still in place, including the Lower River Soar in Leicestershire, Lower River Cam in Cambridgeshire and Tidal Thames riverside from Putney Bridge to Teddington Weir.

Local media reported that roads and homes were flooded in parts of East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, including Grimsby, Immingham and Withernsea. Humberside Fire and Rescue Service responding to around 50 call outs on Tuesday. Pumps have been deployed to affected areas to clear the flood water.

Flooded roads in Immingham, UK, August 2017. Photo: Humberside Fire Service

Some homes were also flooded in areas further south and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service crews were to called out to around 9 flooded homes in Colchester.

Flooded roads were reported by local media in parts of Norfolk, Berkshire, Hertfordshire and Wiltshire. No evacuations, fatalities or injuries were reported.

A train station in north London was closed for a short duration due to flooding. The BBC reported flooding in Kidbrooke and Greenwich, both in south-east London, disrupting trains between London and Dartford.

According to Met Office forecasts, the wet weather will clear and Thursday will be “largely dry and feeling warm in sunny spells”. As of early 10 August, there were no current severe weather warnings.

Parts of south western England were badly hit by flash flooding just a few weeks ago. Emergency services responded to flash flooding in Kent, Berkshire and Cornwall, where helicopters were used to carry out flood rescues on 18 July, 2017. The coastal village of Coverack in Cornwall was particularly badly hit.

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