Heavy rains wreak havoc in East Anglia – nearly two months’ worth of rain in 2 hours

Heavy rains in eastern England caused flooding in streets, disrupting traffic and damaging homes and businesses.

The city of Peterborough in Cambridgeshire was the hardest hit. Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue said they responded to more than 160 cases of flooding in a few hours on the evening of July 09, 2021. About 20 seniors were evacuated from a nursing home. Flooding also damaged the local sports stadium.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue said: “Heavy rains have caused flash flooding in Peterborough tonight. Please do not attempt to drive on flooded roads. The Bourge Boulevard area is among the hard hit areas. The roads look like rivers, so please avoid the area until the water recedes.”

“Please be aware that some manhole covers have risen, creating a hazard for those walking on flooded roads. Please avoid flooded areas for now. Thank you. Emergency services are working to help those affected.”

There have also been reports of flooding around Norwich, Norfolk, which has damaged some buildings and made roads impassable.

In an interview with the BBC, Weatherquest forecaster Dan Holley said 50 mm of rain fell in some areas of Norwich and up to 90 mm in Peterborough.

“That’s almost two months of rainfall in two hours,” he said.

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