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Homes under water and car stranded in Trescott Ford as downpours continue

By Thomas Parkes | Walsall | News | Published:

Houses and roads near Wolverhampton have been left under water after more torrential rain in the region.

Flooding in Bloxwich Lane, Beechdale, Walsall

Rain continued to fall across the West Midlands on Thursday after five consecutive nights of thunderstorms and heavy rain.

Many roads have been temporarily left impassable due to the rain, including notorious flooding spot Trescott Ford between Wolverhampton and Bridgnorth.

Some homes have also been left under water, with properties in Whilmot Close in Featherstone among those badly affected.

Residents have been bailing out water from their homes since Tuesday as the relentless downpours caused two feet of water to build up.

A car tranded in Trescott Ford near Wolverhampton. Photo: @SStaffsPolice

Adam Fox, who lives near his mother Susan Fox and her partner Stuart Roberts' home, said the floods had turned the cul-de-sac into a "war zone".

Electricity had to be turned off as the knee-high levels of water nearly reached the sockets in the home.

Mr Fox, aged 38, said: "It's a cul-de-sac, so there's no water or river around here and then we had the storms.

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"At about 8pm on Tuesday the water started to get into the garage, into the porch and as its not stopped its gone up to the bay window.

"It went into the house and we've still got the water marks which you can see. It happened a couple of years ago but it's been really extreme – the drainage needs sorting.

Flooding has led to damage in a home in Featherstone. Photo: Adam Fox

"My mother is a 60-year-old woman and she shouldn't have to deal with something like that – it's unacceptable.

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"We were standing knee-high in the water trying to bail it out and my mother was terrified."

Mr Fox, who lives on nearby Penderell Close, described the situation as "absolutely surreal".

He said: "Thankfully I managed to get my car out of the garage because it would have ripped through my car and I'm really furious this has happened.

Flooding has led to damage in a home in Featherstone. Photo: Adam Fox

"There's not sufficient drainage for the area and it's really shameful because nothing has been done. The house looks like a warzone and so does the street.

"My mother was getting really hysterical about it and I said to her there's no need for it. We've got to think about what we can do and take action.

"She's contacted the companies and she's keeping her mind off it at the moment."

Drains also struggled to cope in Bloxwich Lane in Beechdale, Walsall, where footage showed people wading through the water.

One nearby resident said the street floods every year the storms are bad or every two to three years with nicer weather.

Meanwhile police officers urged drivers to avoid Trescott Ford, just off Bridgnorth Road, after another car was stuck in the rising water.

Storms also caused disruption to commuters as 180 tons of earth slipped onto the railway near Whitmore in Staffordshire.

The landslip site recorded 66mm of rain in one hour.

A landslip led to delays for commuters. Photo: Network Rail

James Dean, route director for Network Rail’s West Coast Main Line South Route, said: "The force of the stormy weather and the heavy rain caused this landslip on the West Coast main line.

"Our engineers will be working round-the-clock to complete repairs and reopen all four lines through the area.

"I’d urge anybody who has to make essential journeys between Crewe and Stafford to check their journey before travelling as there may be some minor delays."

The Environment Agency issued warnings over the potential for flash flooding in low-lying areas as river levels continued to rise.

A spokesman for the agency said: "River levels have risen at the Stourbridge river gauge as a result of persistent heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible.

"Our incident response staff are actively checking river levels and the weather forecast and clearing weed screens.

"Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and avoid using low lying footpaths and bridges near local watercourses.

"Please stay aware in case further warnings are issued."

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Senior Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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