September 7th, 2016

River Avon reached highest recorded level last week

Updated: 8:37 am, Mar 15, 2016

THE HEAVIEST rainfall for a century brought flooding chaos to Warwickshire last week.

But Warwickshire County Council have praised people for their response to the problems the weather caused.

An inch of rain fell overnight on Tuesday (March 8) and the River Avon reached its highest recorded level since monitoring equipment was installed in 1973.

More than 50 roads across the county were closed by Warwickshire Highways crews with some 300 sand bags used to help prevent further flooding.

And firefighters rescued 22 people from areas affected by flood water around the county, including a number that had become marooned in their vehicles.

County council spokesperson for communities, Monica Fogarty said: “We are working with the Environment Agency and our colleagues in Warwickshire’s boroughs and districts to help people to get back to normal as quickly as possible after this week’s extraordinary rainfall.

“I’d like to thank our local communities for their resilience in helping us to deal with this week’s events.”

Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/reporthighwayproblem to report any flood-related highways issues.

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