Heavy rains in eastern England have flooded streets, disrupting traffic and damaging homes and businesses.
The city of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, suffered the most. The Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said they responded to more than 160 floods in a few hours on the evening of July 9, 2021. About 20 elderly people were evacuated from the nursing home. The flood also damaged the local sports stadium.
The Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Heavy rains have caused flash floods in Peterborough tonight. Please do not try to drive on flooded roads. until the water subsides."
"Please be aware that some of the manhole covers have come up, posing a hazard to those walking on flooded roads. Please stay away from flooded areas for now. Thank you. Emergency services are working to help those affected."
Flooding was also reported in the vicinity of Norwich, Norfolk, which damaged some buildings and made roads impassable.
In an interview with the BBC, Weatherquest forecaster Dan Holly said that 50 mm of precipitation fell in some areas of Norwich, and up to 90 mm in Peterborough.
"That's almost two months rainfall in two hours," he said.