Huge downpours hit much of Britain overnight, particularly in the Birmingham area and Virgin Trains gave warning that “severe flooding” meant its services through the West Midlands were subject to disruption.
Central Trains said all services between Birmingham and the East Midlands had been suspended due to severe flooding, which was at its worst in the Water Orton area.
When I was a kid in Malaysia, it was quite an annual thing, the monsoonal rains and the flooding. I remember how the playing fields would look like lakes but then that is why Malay houses are normally on stilts - because of the floods.
I am not used to heavy rain in the UK. This week there were floods. I am glad I did not stay the night in Durham as I was going to because i would have been stuck there unable to get home because the train service was disrupted by the torrential rain. I was in Durham for a conference.
I was hoping to see something of Durham - its cathedral has such a great reputation. But when I arrived there, it was raining and they did not have accessible cabs at the station. They did call for one but the taxi driver was not available for another hour. In the end, I just went there on my own steam. It was the Access Association conference and it was held at the county hall. It was quite interesting - I think I might join them. I found out they had a regional representation here in the West Midlands.
I was hoping to do go to the Lunt Fort to do some access auditing but I think it would be pointless in this weather.
I found out that there were flashfloods in Coventry too (from icCoventry)
FLASH floods caused traffic chaos across Coventry and Warwickshire last night.
Hundreds of people were trapped in cars as main roads became blocked.