Flash Floods: Road Collapses In Birmingham

23 July 2013, 18:40

A street in Birmingham's subsided leaving a huge hole in the ground after Tuesday morning's flash floods

Henley Street had to be shut both ways just off the A34 Stratford Road in Bordesley after a lorry went over the road causing it to cave in early on Tuesday morning

Local Residents told us ''it's about the size of a car and  eight to nine feet deep''

Saleem told us that ''it's lucky as nearly all the school buses from Calthorpe take this route, but luckily the school broke up yesterday, if it would have been today it could have been devastating''

Meanwhile elsewhere around a fortnight's rain fell in some places overnight on Tuesday, including in the West Midlands, as the longest heatwave in seven years broke with heavy thunderstorms.

Pershore in Worcestershire recorded the highest rainfall total with more than an inch of rain (25.8mm) falling overnight, half the area's 50mm average total for the whole of July, the Met Office said.

The Met Office has weather alerts in place for heavy rain across most of the UK and is warning of torrential downpours and localised disruption, particularly to travel, with a risk of flash flooding or lightning damage.

An area of high pressure has been hanging over the UK for a few weeks, creating settled, very hot conditions, but now air has pushed in from the Atlantic and met the humid conditions, causing strong and violent storms, forecasters said.

Chris Burton, forecaster at Meteogroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: ``Heavy showers and thunderstorms are going to continue for this afternoon, pushing north and east.

The hot weather has taken its toll on the UK in recent weeks, with grass fires, forest fires and hundreds of premature deaths are believed to have been caused by the heatwave.

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