West Midlands flash flooding: Torrential rain swamps roads for the SECOND time in a week
For the second time in a week flash flooding has hit the West Midlands with rain blocking roads and causing horrendous driving conditions.
The Met Office issued a yellow severe weather warning for rain today saying: "Some locations will miss these but there where they do occur, please be aware of possible localised flooding and disruption to travel. Lightening could be an additional hazard."
The M5 was closed between Junction 1 and 2 after the carriageways were flooded and there was long queues of traffic on the M6 between Junction 10 and 10A for the M54 after a crash involving three lorries.
At the back end of last week and over the weekend torrential rain bought flash flooding to many parts of the region.
Cars were left abandoned and houses were flooded as a deluge of water swamped roads and streets.
Fire crews were called to three Upper Gornal properties after lightning strikes which caused a small fire.
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Villagers in Staffordshire were left partially stranded after around two miles of lanes were flooded.
Ivetsey Road, between Wheaton Aston and the A5, was blocked due to torrential rain.
Resident Kirsten Rawlins, aged 25, said: "My neighbour called at just after 3pm to say I was going to have to find another way home, as due to the rain, the lanes were a complete no-go.
"When he had tried to go down the lane, one car had broken down and another few had gotten stuck in the water.
"He then sent me a video showing water streaming down - and filling - the road outside our house.
"Other than a few other routes, which also include winding, thin lanes from Penkridge and other villages, there is no other way to access Wheaton Aston."
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